Dr Andrew Radford
- Senior Lecturer (English Literature)
- European Modernism
- John Calder and Post-War Independent Publishers
- Ithell Colquhoun, Leonora Carrington and British Surrealism
- Poetry and Politics of the 1930s
- Ann Quin and the 1960s experimental novel
- Paul Nash and British Art 1900-1940
- Book History and Textual Editing
- George Borrow and the Gypsy Lore Society
- 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 political self-placement as countercultural gadfly, outspoken impresario and liberal activist triggered lively debates about experimental writing in the mid 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 endeavours 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); twentieth-century American fiction and the pastoral mode (Margarida Sao Bento Cadima). 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, was published by Routledge in hardback and ebook formats in 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: Bergson and the modern; Canadian women writers and the literature of sentiment; nineteenth-century street literature and representations of domestic crime.
Current and Future Projects
For Edinburgh University Press, Andrew is completing a new critical edition of George Borrow's autobiographical text *Lavengro: The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest* (1851). It is scheduled for hardback and e-text publication in late 2023 as part of the book series 'Edinburgh Critical Editions of Nineteenth-Century Texts'.
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)