Dr Andrew Radford
- Senior Lecturer (English Literature)
- European Modernism
- John Calder and Post-War Independent Publishers
- Leonora Carrington and British Surrealism
- Poetry and Politics of the 1930s
- Ann Quin, Brigid Brophy and the British Experimental Novel
- Environmental Humanities
- Contemporary Literature
Andrew teaches across a range of junior and senior honours courses in post-1900 Anglo-American Literature. He has also convened the Level 2 topic 'Writing and Text' and contributes to the postgraduate MLitt program in Modernities. Andrew is currently researching post-war British women writers such as Ann Quin and Anna Kavan and their decisive, though critically undervalued, contribution to the formally innovative 1960s novel. He has also published essays, narrative bibliographies, book chapters, and reviews on Katherine Mansfield, Mina Loy, Joseph Conrad, G. K. Chesterton, Sylvia Townsend Warner and May Sinclair.
Andrew has a long-standing research interest in progressive Scottish-Canadian translator, cultural pundit and anti-censorship campaigner John Calder (1927-2018). Calder co-created the International Writers' Conference held at the Edinburgh Festival in 1962, which featured a diverse array of authors such as Alexander Trocchi, Hugh MacDiarmid, Marguerite Duras and Henry Miller. Calder's self-construction as bohemian provocateur, outspoken impresario and liberal activist triggered lively debates about experimental writing during the 1960s. Calder also relished, and exploited, his status as one of the most litigated against independent publishers of the mid-century. Andrew focuses primarily on Calder's 'golden era' as a bookseller of stridently controversial avant-garde magazines and novels, his interactions with fellow publishers Maurice Girodias (Olympia Press) in Paris and Barney Rosset (Grove Press) in New York. Calder's imprint, in addition to promoting Samuel Beckett's prose, poetry and critical writing, also introduced younger British audiences to the fiction of William S. Burroughs and Hubert Selby Jr.
Topics of completed and current doctoral research projects co/supervised include: eco-criticism, animal studies, and the imperial romance (John Miller); Hope Mirrlees, Jane Harrison and feminist classicism (Nina Enemark); post-1970s eco-cinema and literary adaptation (Djouher Benyoucef); Gothic fiction (Hilary Grimes); British writings on China 1890-1950 (Jacqueline Young and Kun Xi); the role of the adolescent in the fiction of Rosamond Lehmann, Graham Greene and Elizabeth Bowen (Kathryn Johnson); Textile Orientalisms (Suchitra Choudhury); African women writers and the politics of gender (Sadia Zulfiqar); the literary legacy of mapping the 'dark continent' (Robert McLaughlan); writing war (Stuart Hepburn). Recent supervision in contemporary literature includes two AHRC-funded students in creative writing.
AHRC Research Network 2016-
Popular Occulture in Britain 1875-1947
This project investigates the influence of occult beliefs, themes, and figures on British popular culture between 1875-1947.
The enterprise is led by Professor Christine Ferguson (University of Stirling) and Dr Andrew Radford (University of Glasgow)
The accompanying essay collection The Occult Imagination in Britain, 1875-1947, eds. Ferguson and Radford, is published by Routledge in hardback and ebook formats (2018):
Between 1875 and 1947, a period bookended, respectively, by the founding of the Theosophical Society and the death of notorious occultist celebrity Aleister Crowley, Britain experienced an unparalleled efflorescence of engagement with unusual occult schema and supernatural phenomena such as astral travel, ritual magic, and reincarnationism. Reflecting the signal array of responses by authors, artists, actors, impresarios and popular entertainers to questions of esoteric spirituality and belief, this interdisciplinary collection demonstrates the enormous interest in the occult during a time typically associated with the rise of secularization and scientific innovation. The contributors describe how the occult realm functions as a turbulent conceptual and affective space, shifting between poles of faith and doubt, the sacrosanct and the profane, the endemic and the exotic, the forensic and the fetishistic. Here, occultism emerges as a practice and epistemology that decisively shapes the literary enterprises of writers such as Dion Fortune and Arthur Machen, artists such as Pamela Colman Smith, and revivalists such as Rolf Gardiner.
PhD projects co/supervised: Edith Wharton and modernist pastoral; Bergson and the modern; Canadian women writers and the literature of sentiment.
With Dr Suzanne Hobson, Andrew is currently completing The Edinburgh Companion to Modernism, Myth and Religion. Until fairly recently, 'The Authorized Version' of cultural modernism stated that the secularizing tendencies of liberal modernity - and the resultant stress on irony, parody, and the dissolution of conventional generic modes - had forced religion to the very edges of early twentieth century society. The Companion complicates this 'Authorized Version' by furnishing students and academic researchers with more nuanced accounts of the intersections - and tensions - between religion, myth and creativity during this half century of geopolitical ferment. Our thirty contributors canvass the variety and specificity of modernist spiritualities; as well as the shifting standpoints that modernist figures have occupied in relation to theological traditions and practices, creeds and institutions.
Narrative and Narratology (Level 1)
Writing and Ideology (Level 2)
Writing and Text (Level 2)
Modernism (Level 3 & 4)
Contemporary British Literature (Level 3 & 4)
Twentieth-Century American Literature (Level 3 & 4)
MLitt Modernities (Postgraduate Taught Degree)