Comparative Literature

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Dr Paul March-Russell

Specialist Associate Lecturer in Comparative Literature


Office: Marlowe 16


I have taught for Comparative Literature in my present 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 (Best Supervision). My current teaching includes modules in the long nineteenth century, science fiction and postmodernism. Until 2015 I was Director of Part-Time Studies, and I remain committed to widening participation.

In addition, I am the editor of Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, the general editor of SF Storyworlds (Gylphi Press), and I am an editorial advisor to 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, as a Fellow, The HE Academy. I co-organised the Charles Olson 2010  conference held at Kent, and I continue to organise readings by leading writers, the most recent being Emmi Itaranta in May 2015. I am currently part of a research project based at the University of Santiago, Compostela exploring British women’s short fiction since the 1970s.

My most recent book publications are Modernism and Science Fiction (Palgrave 2015), The Postcolonial Short Story, co-edited with Maggie Awadalla (Palgrave 2013),and Legacies of Romanticism, co-edited with Carmen Casaliggi (Routledge 2012). Previous publications include The Short Story: An Introduction (Edinburgh University Press 2009) (see the Times Higher Education review). I am currently supervising three PhD students on imaginary architecture in Mervyn Peake, magical realism and the New Physics, and dystopia and the body in 20th and 21st century literature. 

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Book section
March-Russell, P. (2015). ‘I am not that’: Liminality in the Short Fiction of Joanna Russ. in: Achilles, J. and Bergmann, I. eds. Liminality and the Short Story: Boundary Crossings in American, Canadian, and British Writing. New York: Routledge, pp. 225-237.
March-Russell, P. (2015). Signatures of the Invisible: Reading Between The City & the City and Christopher Priest's The Glamour. in: Edwards, C. and Venezia, T. eds. China Miéville: critical essays. Canterbury: Gylphi, pp. 139-58.
March-Russell, P. (2015). 'Into the interstices of time': Speed and Perception in the Scientific Romance. in: Gavin, A. E. and Humphries, A. F. eds. Transport in British Fiction: Technologies of Movement, 1840-1940. Palgrave Macmillan.
March-Russell, P. (2015). Modernism. in: Felluga, D. F., Gilbert, P. K. and Hughes, L. K. eds. The Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature. Chichester, West Sussex: John Wiley.
March-Russell, P. (2013). The Jilted Generation? The New Puritans a Decade on. in: Fernández, J. é-F. ed. The New Puritan Generation. Canterbury, UK: Gylphi Limited, pp. 29-45.
March-Russell, P. (2013). And did those Feet? Mapmaking London and the Postcolonial Limits of Psychogeography. in: Awadalla, M. and March-Russell, P. eds. The Postcolonial Short Story: Contemporary Essays. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 79-95.
March-Russell, P. (2012). The Neo-Romantic Wyndham Lewis. in: Casaliggi, C. and March-Russell, P. eds. Legacies of Romanticism: Literature, Culture, Aesthetics. New York: Routledge, pp. 165-178.
March-Russell, P. (2012). The Writing Machine: J.G. Ballard in Modern and Postmodern Short Story Theory. in: Sacido, J. ed. Modernism, Postmodernism, and the Short Story in English. Amsterdam: Rodopi, pp. 125-147.
March-Russell, P. (2012). Baby Tuckoo among the Grown-ups: Modernism and Childhood in the Interwar Period. in: Gavin, A. E. ed. The Child in British Literature. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 196-211.
March-Russell, P. (2009). Pagan Papers: History, Mysticism, and Edwardian Childhood. in: Gavin, A. E. and Humphries, A. F. eds. Childhood in Edwardian Fiction: Worlds Enough and Time. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 23-36.
March-Russell, P. (2009). Art and Amity: The 'Opposed Aesthetic' of Mina Loy and Joanna Russ. in: Mendlesohn, F. ed. On Joanna Russ. Middletown CT: Wesleyan University Press, pp. 168-184.
March-Russell, P. (2007). Ruskin, Herbert Read and the Neo-Romantic Imagination. in: Casaliggi, C. and March-Russell, P. eds. Ruskin in Perspective: Contemporary Essays. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 101-114.
March-Russell, P. (2006). Introduction to May Sinclair's Uncanny stories. in: Uncanny Stories. Ware: Wordsworth Editions.
March-Russell, P. (2004). The anarchy of love: Conrad's "The Informer". in: Erdinast-Vulcan, D., Simmons, A. H. and Stape, J. H. eds. Joseph Conrad: The Short Fiction. Amsterdam: Rodopi, pp. 45-60.
March-Russell, P. (2015). Modernism and Science Fiction. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
March-Russell, P. (2009). The Short Story: An Introduction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
March-Russell, P. (2015). Review of Keith Brooke, 'Strange Divisions and Alien Territories'. Foundation:123-125.
March-Russell, P. (2014). Review of SF/F Now, University of Warwick. Foundation:84-86.
March-Russell, P. (2014). Breakfast in the Ruins. Review of Richard Deacon exhibition, and 'Ruin Lust' (Tate Britain). Foundation:86-90.
March-Russell, P. (2013). Review of Anil Menon, 'The Beast with Nine Billion Feet'. Foundation:89-91.
March-Russell, P. (2013). Review of M.P. Shiel, 'The Purple Cloud' (ed John Sutherland) Sutherland, J. ed. Foundation:95-98.
March-Russell, P. (2013). Review of Viorica Patea (ed), 'Short Story Theories: A Twenty-First Century Perspective' Patea, V. ed. Short Fiction in Theory & Practice [Online] 3:129-137.
March-Russell, P. (2013). Review of Keith Jardim, 'Near Open Water: Stories'. Wasafiri [Online] 28:88-89.
March-Russell, P. (2011). Review of Jo Johnson and Janice Sykes, 'Talking with your Kids about MS'. Disability, Pregnance & Parenthood International [Online]:15-15.
March-Russell, P. (2005). John McLeod, Postcolonial London: Rewriting the Metropolis Awadalla, M. and Dayoub, R. eds. Postcolonial Forum:25-26.
March-Russell, P. (2003). Andrew Smith and William Hughes (eds), Empire and the gothic: the politics of genre Awadalla, M. and Dayoub, R. eds. Postcolonial Forum:27-28.
March-Russell, P. (2003). Shirley Jackson's American Gothic Hughes, W. and Smith, A. eds. Gothic Studies 5:106-109.
March-Russell, P. (2002). Modern Fiction Studies: Gothic and Modernism Whatley, J. ed. Gothic Studies 4:205-208.
March-Russell, P. (2001). Review of Andrew Smith and Jeff Wallace, 'Gothic Modernisms'. Gothic Studies [Online] 3:325-327.
Internet publication
March-Russell, P. (2015). Review of Russell Jones, 'Where Rockets Burn Through: Contemporary Science Fiction Poems from the UK' [Internet: The Shearsman Review].
March-Russell, P. (2011). Whose Culture? Whose Anarchy? The Short Story and the Bonfire of the Humanities [Online article].
March-Russell, P. (2005). Douglas Oliver (1937-2000) [Online].
March-Russell, P. (2004). J.H. Prynne (1936- ) [Online].
Edited book
Awadalla, M. and March-Russell, P. eds. (2013). The Postcolonial Short Story: Contemporary Essays. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Casaliggi, C. and March-Russell, P. eds. (2012). Legacies of Romanticism: Literature, Culture, Aesthetics. New York: Routledge.
March-Russell, P. ed. (2011). New Woman Fiction 1881-1899, vol. 8: George Egerton, 'The Wheel of God'. London: Pickering and Chatto.
Casaliggi, C. and March-Russell, P. eds. (2007). Ruskin in Perspective: Contemporary Essays. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.
March-Russell, P. ed. (2006). May Sinclair, 'Uncanny Stories'. Ware, UK: Wordsworth Editions.
March-Russell, P. (2011). Exploding the Open Book: The Atrocity Exhibition, Vermilion Sands and the Ethics of the Short Story Cycle. Short Fiction in Theory and Practice [Online] 1:95-108.
March-Russell, P. (2008). "Rewards and Fairies" and the neo-romantic debt. The Kipling Journal [Online] 82:6-13.
March-Russell, P. (2006). "Close, but without touching": Hearing, Seeing and Believing in Conrad's "The Tale". Conradiana 38:267-282.
March-Russell, P. (2005). "Imagine, if you can": Love, Time and Impossibility of Utopia in E.M. Forster's "The Machine Stops". Critical survey 17:56-71.
March-Russell, P. (2004). The politics of time and form in Douglas Oliver's "A Salvo for Africa". English 53:203-218.
Total publications in KAR: 43 [See all in KAR]
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I teach modules on Romanticism, science fiction, European realism, and postmodernism.

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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: 19/01/2016