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Randall Stevenson

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Professor Randall Stevenson was born in the north of Scotland, grew up in Glasgow, and was a student at the Universities of Edinburgh -- of astrophysics, then English literature -- and Oxford.  After working for a time in a government college in North-West Nigeria, he returned to the Department of English Literature in the University of Edinburgh as a lecturer in 1979. He has also worked as Associate Director of the University’s International Office, and as Dean of the Scottish Universities’ International Summer School, and has lectured abroad, often for the British Council, in Korea, Egypt and Nigeria, and in ten European countries, most recently Sweden, Switzerland and Poland.  His work has been translated into Italian and Russian, and new editions of critical studies published in Romania and in China.

Research Interests

Professor Stevenson's research interests are centred on twentieth-century literature, and on the historical processes and pressures of modernity which shape it.  Research and publication particularly focus on modernism; on literary history; on narrative theory, especially in relation to issues of temporality and structure; on fiction and drama in Britain throughout the C20th century; on postmodernist fiction, and on the literature of the Great War.  

Research activity

Recent projects include a study of the literature of the Great War, 1914-18, published by Oxford University Press in 2013; a study of twentieth-century narrative, history and temporality, published by EUP in 2018 as Reading the Times; material for the Cambridge History of Postmodernism (2017), and general editorship of the ten-volume Edinburgh History of Twentieth-Century Literature in Britain, which began publication in 2010. A study of relativity, modernism and science fiction -- based on work during a 2018 Fellowship at the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University --  is in preparation.

Research outputs

  1. "One does what one can (on fait ce qu'on peut)": Joseph Conrad as translator

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. A bounded heaven: George A.C. Mackinlay and Great War Pastoral

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  3. What the soldier said: Silence, (bad) language and the Great War

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Research activities & awards

  1. Revista Anglo-Saxonica (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

  2. Reification, Relativity, Redemption

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar

  3. Australian National University

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesResearch and Teaching at External Organisation

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