Hywel Dix

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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Biography

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...

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Research

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...

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Journal Articles

Books

Chapters

  • 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

Invited Lectures

  • - ‘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.

Grants

  • 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.

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) in English (University of Cambridge, 2001)
  • MA in Literatures of Conflict (University of York, 2003)
  • PhD in English (University of Glamorgan, 2006)

Honours

  • Raymond Williams Research Fellowship (University of Glamorgan, 2003)

Memberships

  • American Comparative Literature Association, Member (2006-),
  • Association for Welsh Writing in English, Member (2012-),
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