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Prof Randall Stevenson

Lecturer in Post-1900 British Literature

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Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

Professor Stevenson would be glad to consider research proposals in most areas of twentieth-century British fiction;
in modernism or postmodernism;

in twentieth-century literary history,


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.  Current work includes a study of twentieth-century narrative, history and chronology, to be published by EUP, material for the Cambridge History of Postmodernism, and general editorship of the ten-volume Edinburgh History of Twentieth-Century Literature in Britain, which began publication in 2010.

Research outputs

  1. 'Vision isolated in eternity': Nostalgia catches the train

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. New Novels: From the 1950s to 1970

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

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Research activities & awards

  1. seminar

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

  2. The Great War, Language and Silence

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  3. James Tait Black Prizewinners in Discussion

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

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Research projects


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