Dr Hywel Dix
- 01202 966679
- hdix at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
- Principal Academic in English
- Weymouth House W322, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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I completed a doctorate in English and Cultural Studies at the University of Glamorgan in 2006, having earlier studied at the universities of Cambridge and York. I see myself as a specialist in modern and contemporary British literature, postmodernism, postcolonial studies and critical cultural theory.
In my research, I am interested in the relationship between culture and social and political change, especially in relation to political devolution in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. I explore these in detail in my monographs After Raymond Williams: Cultural Materialism and the Break-Up of Britain (2nd edition, University of Wales Press, 2013) and Postmodern Fiction and the Break-up of Britain (Continuum, 2010) as well as numerous other articles, book chapters and conference presentations. I am currently working on a comparative study of Welsh and Scottish literature, which is likely to be given fresh impetus by the recent results of the European referendum on ‘Brexit.’
More recently, I have developed a second research interest, exploring the relationship between literary careers and the body of work known as Career Construction Theory, which has its origins in social psychology and in career counselling... Drawing on the theories, concepts and critical approaches of Career Constructionism has enabled me to develop a new understanding of the material properties of authorial careers. I anticipate publishing this research in a new monograph in 2017 as well as editing a collection of essays on the newly emerging field of Autofiction in English.
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Head of Education for the School of Journalism, English and Communication and programme leader for BA English. I am interested in supervising potential doctoral projects on aspects of contemporary British literature.more
Papers Presented as Invited (Keynote) Speaker:
- ‘The Pedagogy of Cultural Materialism: Raymond Williams and Paulo Freire’. Raymond Williams Discussion Group, Swansea University, 23 November 2015.
- ‘Devolutionary Identities in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales,’ Home and Homeland: Interdisciplinary and Comparative Perspectives, University of Mannheim, October 13 2014.
- ‘The Retrospective Stage: Late Career Fiction and Autobiography.’ Keynote address at ‘British Literature in the Present’, a one-day conference of the Société d’Etudes Anglaises Contemporaines, Paris Diderot University, 15 February 2013.
Papers Delivered at Academic Conferences:
- ‘From Tonka Beans to Magic Seeds: V.S. Naipaul’s Late Career Fiction of Self-Retrospect’. Seepersad and Sons: Naipaulian Creative Synergies, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, October 28-30, 2015.
- The retrospective stage: late career fiction and autobiography.’ Autobiography. University of Stockholm, October 2-4, 2014.
- ‘Fate, Fortune and Elective Affinity in Contemporary Scottish Women’s Writing.’ Twenty first-century Scottish Literature: Where are we now? University of Manchester, 2 September 2014.
- ‘Transnational Imagery in the Poetry of Imtiaz Dharker.’ 24th Association for Welsh Writing in English conference, Gregynog, Powys, April 2014.
- ‘Was Stevens Black?: A Comparative Analysis of Linguistic Otherness in The Remains of the Day, Small Island and Brick Lane’ at the American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, University of Toronto, 4-7 April, 2013...
- ‘Cymbeline and the performance of British Subjecthood’, at the 22nd Association for Welsh Writing in English conference, Gregynog, March 30 - April 1, 2012.
- ‘Cymbeline and the Display of Empire, 1536-1649’, Shakespeare and Tyranny, University of Murcia, January 16-18 2012.more
- Dix, H., 2015. Transnational Imagery in the Poetry of Imtiaz Dharker. Anglistik, 26 (1), 55-67.
- Dix, H., 2015. On Balkanism and Orientalism: Undifferentiated patterns of perception in literary and critical representations of Eastern Europe. Textual Practice, 29 (5), 973-991.
- Dix, H., 2014. The Loss of the Subject: Keywords and the language of science fiction. Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction.
- Dix, H.R., 2012. From Markets to Metafiction: satires of the literary marketplace at the dawn of two new centuries. Textes et Contextes, 7.
- Dix, H., 2012. Mytho-poetics for a new millennium: decoding satire in Sebastian Faulks, Amanda Craig and Jim Crace. C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-century Writings, 1 (1).
- Dix, H., 2007. Raymond Williams: Cultural Materialism and the Break-Up of Britain. Key Words.
- Dix, H., 2005. Mark Twain: Freedom, Imperialism and Selective Tradition. Public Resistance, 2.1.
- Dix, H., 2004. The Permanent Tourist: Guidebooks in Travel and Education. Travel, Imagination and Myth: Proceedings of Tourism and Literature Annual Conference ed. Mike Robinson and David Picard. Sheffield: Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change.
- Dix, H., 2013. After Raymond Williams. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.
- Dix, H., 2010. Postmodern Fiction and the Break-Up of Britain. London: Continuum.
- Dix, H., 2008. After Raymond Williams: Cultural Materialism and the Break-Up of Britain. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.
- Dix, H., 2016. The retrospective stage: Late career fiction and authorial self-renewal. Literary Careers in the Modern Era. 57-73.
- Dix, H.R., 2015. Writing the Nations: Welsh, Northern Irish, and Scottish Literature. In: Eagleton, M. and Parker, E., eds. The History of British Women’s Writing, Vol. 10, 1970 – Present. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 195-213.
- Dix, H., 2014. Cymbeline and the Display of Empire. In: Gregor, K., ed. Shakespeare and Tyranny: A Geography of Appropriations from the 17th Century to the Present. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
- Dix, H., 2009. The Pedagogy of Cultural Materialism: Paulo Freire and Raymond Williams. In: Grossberg, L. and Seidl, M., eds. About Raymond Williams. London: Routledge, 81-93.
- Dix, H., 2009. “You and Your stories!”: Narrating the History of the Dispossessed in Amitav Ghosh’s Hungry Tide and Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children. In: Chaudry, B., ed. Amitav Ghosh: Critical Essays. New Delhi: PHI Learning.
- Dix, H., 2008. “To Speak in New Ways”: Class and Poetry in Wales since 1970. Slanderous Tongues: Essays on Welsh Poetry in English 1970- 2000 ed. Daniel Williams.. Bridgend: Seren.
Profile of Teaching PG
- Narrating Identities
- Literature and Controversy
- Mediating the Nation
Profile of Teaching UG
- Postcolonial Texts
- Modernism and Postmodernism
- - ‘The Pedagogy of Cultural Materialism: Raymond Williams and Paulo Freire’. Raymond Williams Discussion Group, Swansea University, 23 November 2015.
- 'Devolutionary Identities in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales', Home and Homeland: Interdisciplinary and Comparative Perspectives, University of Mannheim, October 13 2014.
- ‘The Retrospective Stage: Late Career Fiction and Autobiography.’ Invited keynote address at ‘British Literature in the Present’, Société d’Etudes Anglaises Contemporaines, Paris Diderot University, 15 February 2013.
- Raymond Williams, Cultural Materialism and the Break-Up of Britain (University of Glamorgan, 01 Oct 2003). Awarded
Public Engagement & Outreach Activities
- Reading of selected war poetry as part of public rememberance concert, St Ambrose Church, Bournemouth.
- Interactive Lecture as part of the Festival of Learning
- Public Lecture about the poetry by Wilfred Owen used by Benjamin Britten in his War Requiem, on the occasion of the Britten centenary.
- BA (Hons) in English (University of Cambridge, 2001)
- MA in Literatures of Conflict (University of York, 2003)
- PhD in English (University of Glamorgan, 2006)
- Raymond Williams Research Fellowship (University of Glamorgan, 2003)
- American Comparative Literature Association, Member (2006-),
- Association for Welsh Writing in English, Member (2012-),