Comparative Literature

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Dr Paul March-Russell

Specialist Associate Lecturer

Comparative Literature

Office: CNW118


  • Specialist Associate Lecturer in Comparative Literature
  • Director of Part-Time Studies
  • Literature representative to the International Foundation Programme and Kent Partner Schools

I have taught for Comparative Literature in my current role since 2007. In 2008, I was awarded a Faculty of Humanities teaching prize, and in 2013, I was shortlisted for a Kent Union Award. I co-organised the Charles Olson 2010 conference held at Kent and, with the Centre for Creative Writing, I have organised readings from, amongst others, Toby Litt, China Miéville and Jeff Noon. I am also a member of the Centre for American Studies and the Centre for Gender, Sexuality and Writing. I am the editor of Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, the general editor of SF Storyworlds (Gylphi Press), and I am on the editorial board of the journal, Short Fiction in Theory and Practice. (Watch me talk about Foundation here.) My other affiliations include the European Network for Short Fiction Research, the May Sinclair Society and the H.G. Wells Society.

My research interests include the short story, science fiction and modern poetry. I am currently writing a book on Modernism and Science Fiction for Palgrave (forthcoming 2015). My most recent publications are The Postcolonial Short Story, co-edited with Maggie Awadalla (Palgrave 2013), which follows The Short Story: An Introduction (EUP 2009) (see the Times Higher Education review), and Legacies of Romanticism, co-edited with Carmen Casaliggi (Routledge 2012). I am currently co-supervising three postgraduate students on imaginary architecture in Mervyn Peake, magical realism and the New Physics, and women and textiles in literature. 

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Book cover: The Postcolonial Short Story
Book cover: Legacies of Romanticism
Book cover: Ruskin in Perspective
Book cover: The Short Story - An Introduction
  • The Postcolonial Short Story: Contemporary Essays, co-ed. with Maggie Awadalla (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
  • Legacies of Romanticism: Literature, Culture, Aesthetics, co-ed. with Carmen Casaliggi (Routledge, 2012)
  • The Short Story: An Introduction (Edinburgh University Press, 2009)
  • Ruskin in Perspective: Contemporary Essays, co-ed. with Carmen Casaliggi (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007)

Chapters and Journal Articles

  • ‘The Jilted Generation?: The New Puritans a Decade On’, in The New Puritan Generation,ed. José Francisco Fernández (Gylphi, 2013)
  • 'The Writing Machine: J.G. Ballard in Modern and Postmodern Short Story Theory', in Modernism, Postmodernism and the Short Story in English, ed. Jorge Sacido (Rodopi, 2012).
  • 'Baby Tuckoo amongst the Grown-Ups: Modernism and Childhood in the Inter-War Period', in The Child in British Literature, ed. Adrienne Gavin (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).
  • 'Whose Culture? Whose Anarchy? The Short Story and the Bonfire of the Humanities', Thresholds: International Short Story Forum (2011). URL:
  • Introduction and notes to George Egerton, The Wheel of God (Pickering and Chatto, 2011).
  • 'Exploding the Open Book: The Atrocity Exhibition, Vermilion Sands and the Ethics of the Short Story Cycle', Short Fiction in Theory and Practice, 1:1 (2011).
  • ‘Art and Amity: The “Opposed Aesthetic” in Mina Loy and Joanna Russ’, in On Joanna Russ, ed. Farah Mendlesohn (Wesleyan University Press, 2009).
  • Rewards and Fairies and the Neo-Romantic Debt’, The Kipling Journal, 326 (2008).
  • ‘Pagan Papers: History, Mysticism and Edwardian Childhood’, in Childhood in Edwardian Fiction: Worlds Enough and Time, ed. Adrienne Gavin and Andrew Humphries (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).
  • ‘Ruskin, Herbert Read and the Neo-Romantic Imagination’, in Ruskin in Perspective: Contemporary Essays, ed. Carmen Casaliggi and Paul March-Russell (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007).
  • ‘William Gibson’, in Contemporary Popular Writers, vol. 5, ed. Thomas McCarthy (Marshall Cavendish, 2006).
  • Introduction and notes to May Sinclair, Uncanny Stories (Wordsworth Editions, 2006).
  • Entries on J. G. Ballard, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling and D. H. Lawrence in A Companion to the British Short Story, ed. Andrew Maunder (Facts on File, 2006).
  • ‘”Close, but without touching”: Hearing, Seeing and Believing in Conrad’s “The Tale”’, Conradiana, 38:3 (2006).
  • ‘”Imagine, if you can”: Love, Time and the Impossibility of Utopia in E. M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops”’, Critical Survey, 17:1 (2005).
  • ‘Douglas Oliver’ and ‘J. H. Prynne’, in The Literary Encyclopaedia, ed. Robert Clark (2005).
  • ‘The Anarchy of Love: Conrad’s “The Informer”’, The Conradian, 28:3 (2003), reprinted in Joseph Conrad: The Short Fiction, ed. Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan et al. (Rodopi, 2004).
  • ‘The Politics of Time and Form in Douglas Oliver’s A Salvo for Africa’, English, 53 (2004).
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Comparative Literature, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 07/07/2014