MA (Glasgow); MA (Royal Holloway); PhD (Glasgow)
Michael’s research focuses on the literature of the 1890s, particularly in Scotland and Ireland. His forthcoming monograph, Cultural Revival in Fin-de-Siècle Scotland: Romance, Decadence and Celtic Identity (Edinburgh University Press, 2019) explores the ways in which dissident fin-de-siècle styles and ideas were embraced by Scottish writers and artists hoping to develop a comparable cultural revival to the Irish Literary Revival. The book not only reveals a widespread concern with cultural revivalism in Scotland, evident in the works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, 'Fiona Macleod', Mona Caird, Patrick Geddes, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald, but it also examines how these figures were connected to ‘degenerate’ movements of the 1890s, including neo-paganism, neo-Catholicism, japonisme, occultism and pageantry. In 2015, this project was awarded the Ross Roy Medal for Excellence in Research in Scottish Literature, judged by the Universities’ Committee for Scottish Literature. Michael is also currently editing the complete correspondence between Robert Louis Stevenson and J. M. Barrie.
Before coming to Kent, Michael taught at the University of Glasgow and he was a Research Assistant on a cross-institutional project funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, 'The People's Voice: Scottish political poetry, song and the franchise, 1832-1918'. Through this project, he developed research interests in 19th century satirical culture, the literature of women’s suffrage, and the poetry of the Victorian and Edwardian periodical press. Michael also undertook a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University in 2016.
He is a steering committee member of the Scottish Centre for Victorian and Neo-Victorian Studies and he serves on the advisory board for the AHRC Popular Occulture in Britain 1875-1947 network.
School of English, Rutherford Extension NC30
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Michael's research interests include:
- Scottish and Irish literature
- aestheticism and decadence
- the Celtic revival
- the romance revival
- political poetry
- literary correspondence.