Hywel Dix

Dr Hywel Dix

  • Principal Academic In English
  • Weymouth House W322, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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I am interested in the relationship between culture and social and political change, especially in relation to political devolution in the 4 nations of the UK. I explore these things 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, Scottish, English and Irish literature in the aftermath of the 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, which are written up in my monograph The Late-Career Novelist (2017)...



Papers Presented as Invited (Keynote) Speaker:

- ‘Autofiction: An Emerging Genre'. Cultures in Contact. University of Surrey. 8 May 2018.

- 'The Changing Environment of British Anglophone Literatures’. Literature and the Environment, University of Koblenz-Landau, 9 November 2016.

-‘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.

Conference Papers:

- ‘Unfulfilled Vocation in Contemporary American Fiction.’ Nostalgia in Contemporary Culture. University of Southern Denmark, 4-5 June 2018.

- ‘Career Construction Theory, Authorship and the Late-Career Stage.’ Writing about Contemporary Artists. University of Surrey, October 20-22, 2017.

- ‘The Remains of the Day and the Multicultural Trace’. Language, literature and culture, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania. May 19-20, 2017.

- ‘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...


Journal Articles



  • Dix, H., 2019. ‘From Tonka Beans to Magic Seeds: VS Naipaul’s Late Career Fiction of Self-Retrospect'. In: Maharaj, J.V., ed. Seepersad and Sons: Naipaulian Synergies.. London: Peepal Tree Press.
  • Dix, H., 2019. ‘From Folk Artists to Integrated Professionals: The portrayal of tattoos in The Electric Michelangelo and Voodoo Pilchard’. In: Watson, K. and Cox, K., eds. Tattoos in Crime and Detective Narratives: Marking and Remarking. Manchester: Manchester University 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., 2011. The Welsh European. In: Woodhams, S., ed. Raymond Williams - Celtic radicals. Conway: Ashley Drake.
  • Dix, H., 2011. Raymond Williams Since 2000. In: Woodhams, S., ed. Raymond Williams - Celtic radicals. Conway, Wales: Ashley Drake.
  • 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

  • Mediating the Nation
  • Culture and Controversy
  • Narrating Identities

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Modernism and Postmodernism
  • Postcolonial Texts

Invited Lectures

  • Autofiction: A Developing Genre, University of Surrey, Guildford., 08 May 2018 more
  • Literature and the Environment series., University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany, 09 Nov 2016 more
  • The Pedagogy of Cultural Materialism, Swansea University, 23 Nov 2015 more
  • 'Devolutionary Identities', University of Mannheim, Germany., 13 Oct 2014 more
  • ‘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.


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


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


  • MeCCSA, Member (2018-),
  • Association for Welsh Writing in English, Member (2012-),
  • American Comparative Literature Association, Member (2006-),
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