Comparative Literature

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Dr Paul March-Russell

Lecturer in Comparative Literature


Office: Cornwallis North West 208

Office Hours: Mondays, Thursdays 14.00-16.00


Before taking up my current post in Comparative Literature, I was Director of Part-Time Studies from 2008 to 2015; and I remain committed to widening participation. During that time, I won a Faculty of Humanities teaching prize in 2008, and in 2013 and 2016, I was shortlisted for Kent Union Awards in Best Supervision and Best Academic Adviser. In 2018, I received a certificate for outstanding student support. Since 2010, I have been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. My main research interests focus on the short story, science fiction and Romantic legacies, but with interests also in small-press poetry, women’s writing, and postcolonial/eco-critical theories. 

I am the current editor of Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, the commissioning editor for SF Storyworlds (Gylphi Press), and an editorial advisor to Short Fiction in Theory and Practice and Journal of the Short Story in English. (Watch me talk about Foundation here.) In 2016-18, I was one of the judges for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. My other affiliations include the European Network for Short Fiction Research , Women's Tales (a research project into contemporary women’s short fiction based at the University of Santiago de Compostela), the Katherine Mansfield Society and the May Sinclair Society. I co-organised the Charles Olson 2010 conference held at Kent and 2017: A Clarke Odyssey at Canterbury Christ Church University. I have organised a number of readings at Kent by leading literary figures; forthcoming in October 2018 is M. John Harrison.

My most recent book publications are Modernism and Science Fiction (Palgrave, 2015) (see the Strange Horizons review), 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). My PhD student, Imogen Lesser-Woods (co-supervised with Prof Gordana Fontana-Giusti), graduated in July 2018 with an interdisciplinary thesis on the work of Mervyn Peake. I am currently co-supervising two PhD students on the role of mesmerism in the long 19th century, and representations of the body in 20th and 21st dystopian fiction.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

March-Russell, P. (2018). Arms and the Woman: The Public Intellectual in Zoe Lambert's War Tour. C21 Literature [Online] 6. Available at:
March-Russell, P. (2017). The abcanny politics of landscape in Lucy Wood's Diving Belles. Short Fiction in Theory and Practice [Online] 7:53-65. Available at:
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. Available at:
March-Russell, P. (2008). "Rewards and Fairies" and the neo-romantic debt. The Kipling Journal [Online] 82:6-13. Available at:
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.
Book section
March-Russell, P. (2018). Impressionism and the Short Story. in: Delaney, P. and Hunter, A. eds. The Edinburgh Companion to the Short Story in English. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 40-55. Available at:
March-Russell, P. (2018). In the Company of Wolves: Feminist Fairy Tales after Carter. in: Sacido-Romero, J. and Lojo-Rodriguez, L. eds. Gender and Short Fiction: Women's Tales in Contemporary Britain. New York and Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 63-82.
March-Russell, P. (2017). Alien Pleasures: Modernism/Hybridity/Science Fiction. in: Ortolano, S. ed. Popular Modernism and Its Legacies: From Pop Literature to Video Games. New York and London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 133-147. Available at:
March-Russell, P. (2017). Story Cycles. in: Burn, S. J. ed. American Literature in Transition: 1990-2000. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 154-168. Available at:
March-Russell, P. (2016). Frontiers: Science Fiction and the British Marketplace. in: Head, D. ed. The Cambridge History of the English Short Story. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 429-446. Available at:
March-Russell, P. (2016). Atrocious Objects: The Colonial Imaginary in Verne, Roussel, Jarry and Ballard. in: McGrath, R. ed. Deep Ends 3. Terminal Press, pp. 196-203.
March-Russell, P. (2016). Rule of Law: Reiterating Genre in Jack Glass. in: Callow, C. J. and McFarlane, A. eds. Adam Roberts: Critical Essays. Gylphi Limited, pp. 211-228.
March-Russell, P. (2016). Writing and Publishing the Short Story. in: Einhaus, A. -M. ed. The Cambridge Companion to the English Short Story. Cambridge University Press, pp. 15-27. Available at:
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. Available at:
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 Mie?ville: critical essays. Canterbury: Gylphi, pp. 139-58. Available at:
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. Available at:
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. (2013). The Jilted Generation? The New Puritans a Decade on. in: Fernández, J. -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. Available at:
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. (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. (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.
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.
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]. Available at:
March-Russell, P. (2011). Whose Culture? Whose Anarchy? The Short Story and the Bonfire of the Humanities [Online article]. Available at:
March-Russell, P. (2005). Douglas Oliver (1937-2000) [Online]. Available at:
March-Russell, P. (2004). J.H. Prynne (1936- ) [Online]. Available at:
March-Russell, P. (2019). Sublime Cognition: Science Fiction and Metaphysics. Foundation [Online] 47:88-92. Available at:
March-Russell, P. (2018). Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Vector [Online]:34-35. Available at:
March-Russell, P. (2018). No escape from these words. Fantastika [Online] 2:122-125. Available at:
March-Russell, P. (2017). Review of Jerome Winter, Science Fiction, New Space Opera, and Neoliberal Globalism. Fantastika [Online] 1:146-151. Available at:
March-Russell, P. (2017). Into the Unknown: Exhibition Review. Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction 46:84-88.
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 Keith Jardim, 'Near Open Water: Stories'. Wasafiri [Online] 28:88-89. Available at:
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. Available at:
March-Russell, P. (2013). Review of M.P. Shiel, 'The Purple Cloud' (ed John Sutherland) Sutherland, J. ed. Foundation:95-98.
March-Russell, P. (2011). Review of Jo Johnson and Janice Sykes, 'Talking with your Kids about MS'. Disability, Pregnance & Parenthood International [Online]:15-15. Available at:
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. Available at:
Total publications in KAR: 58 [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

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

Last Updated: 11/02/2019