Comparative Literature

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Dr Paul March-Russell

Specialist Associate Lecturer

Comparative Literature

Office: Cornwallis North-West 118


  • 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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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

    March-Russell, Paul (2009) The short story: an introduction. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 304 pp. ISBN 9780748627738.


    This new general introduction emphasises the importance of the short story to an understanding of modern fiction. In twenty succinct chapters, the study paints a complete portrait of the short story - its history, culture, aesthetics and economics. European innovators such as Chekhov, Flaubert and Kafka are compared to Irish, New Zealand and British practitioners such as Joyce, Mansfield and Carter as well as writers in the American tradition, from Hawthorne and Poe to Barthelme and Carver. Fresh attention is paid to experimental, postcolonial and popular fiction alongside developments in Anglo-American, Hispanic and European literature. Critical approaches to the short story are debated and reassessed, while discussion of the short story is related to contemporary critical theory. In what promises to be essential reading for students and academics, the study sets out to prove that the short story remains vital to the emerging culture of the twenty-first century. Key Features - A contemporary and theoretically informed survey Comprehensive coverage of the short story from its folktale origins to the present day - Twenty clear topic-based chapters covering British, American and world fiction - Further reading in each chapter together with an extensive and up-to-date bibliography of primary and secondary works

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Total publications in KAR: 15 [See all in KAR]
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Comparative Literature, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 827159 or email the department

Last Updated: 10/09/2014