I got both my Bachelor of Arts and my PhD (on Lord Byron's historical dramas) at University College London, before moving to Australia in 1990. No sooner had I done that than I got my first teaching job as a lecturer in English Philology at the University of Tampere, in Finland -- a wonderful country and a great place to work. Meanwhile my PhD was published by Oxford University Press.

I returned to Australia in 1992 and taught at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga until coming to JCU in 1997. I edited a venerable, but now, alas, deceased literary journal, the Critical Review, between 1993 and 2002. A second book, a mild polemic called The Autonomy of Literaturewas published by Macmillan in 2001. Since then I have edited Henry James' novel, The Bostonians, for Penguin Classics; edited a critical anthology of the the Western idea of the insular Pacific called Strangers in the South Seas with the University of Hawai'i Press in 2006; published The Cambridge Introduction to Byron with Cambridge University Press in 2012; and edited a new selection of Byron's letters and journals for Oxford University Press in 2015. A monograph, A New Scene of Thought: Studies in Romantic Realism, was published by Brill in January 2016, and a collection of essays, also with Brill, Literature and Truth in December 2017. My contribution to the Oxford University Press 'Twenty-First Century Authors' series, on John Ruskin, was published in 2019. Currently I am working on a new selection of the remarkable letters of Jane Welsh Carlyle, the wife of Victorian historian-cum-prophet-cum-satirist, Thomas Carlyle. 

  • British and European nineteenth-century literature, in particular Lord Byron, Jane Austen, William Wordsworth, John Ruskin, and the Carlyles.
  • Western ideas of the Pacific, from the classical world to postmodernity.
  • Ideas of literature, in particular what defines it and how it operates in respect to discursive realms of knowledge.
  • British literature in particular, but not exclusively, from the nineteenth century, but also from the Renaissance and modern eras.
  • 2017 to present - Professor, University of Groningen (The Netherlands)
  • 2007 to 2017 - Associate Professor, JCU (Cairns)
  • 2000 to 2007 - Senior Lecturer, JCU (Cairns)
  • 1996 to 1999 - Lecturer, JCU (Cairns)
  • 1992 to 1996 - Lecturer, Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga, NSW)
  • 1990 to 1992 - Lecturer, University of Tampere (Finland)
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