Hywel Dix

Dr Hywel Dix

  • Associate Professor 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 have recently completed a comparative study of Welsh, Scottish, English and Irish literature in the aftermath of Brexit, entitled 'Compatriots or Competitors?'

More recently, I have developed a major research interest in Autofiction. My 2018 edited collection Autofiction in English broke new ground in the study of autofiction in the Anglophone world and built on an earlier extended research project about literary careers. Drawing on the theories, concepts and critical approaches of Career Construction Theory 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)...



Recent Publications –Books

- Autofiction and Cultural Memory. Forthcoming 2023

- Compatriots or Competitors: Welsh, Scottish, English and Northern Irish Writing and Brexit in Comparative Contexts. Contracted to University of Wales Press, forthcoming in 2022.

- The Late-Career Novelist: Career Construction, Authors and Autofiction. Bloomsbury: 2017.

- After Raymond Williams: Cultural Materialism and the Break-Up of Britain. Second edition. University of Wales Press, 2013.

- Postmodern Fiction and the Break-Up of Britain. London: Continuum, 2010.

Edited Books

- Career Construction Theory and Life Writing: Narrative and Autobiographical Thinking across the Professions. Routledge, 2020.

- Autofiction in English. Palgrave, 2018.

- Multicultural Narratives: Traces and Perspectives (co-ed). Cambridge Scholars Press, 2018.

Edited Special Issue of Journal

- Career Construction Theory and Life Writing. Special issue of Life Writing, 17.1 March 2020.

Chapters in Books

- ‘Autofiction, Post-conflict Narratives and New Memory Cultures’ in The Autofictional: Approaches, Affordances, Forms ed. Alexandra Effe, Marie Lindskov Hansen and Hannie Lawlor. Palgrave Macmillan: Forthcoming in 2021.

- ‘From vocational calling to career construction: Late-career authors and critical self-reflection’ in Researching and Writing on Contemporary Art and Artists: Challenges, Practices and Complexities, ed. Christopher Wiley and Ian Pace. Palgrave Macmillan: 2020.

- ‘Conclusion: New Nodes of Intersection’ in Mapping Cultural Identities and Intersections: Imagological Readings ed...


Journal Articles



  • Dix, H., 2022. Autofiction, Post-conflict Narratives, and New Memory Cultures. Palgrave Studies in Life Writing. 185-203.
  • Dix, H., 2020. ‘From vocational calling to career construction: Late-career authors and critical self-reflection’. In: Wiley, C. and Pace, I., eds. Researching and Writing on Contemporary Art and Artists Challenges, Practices, and Complexities. Springer Nature, 39-64.
  • Dix, H., 2019. Conclusion: New Nodes of Intersection. In: Kirca, M. and Botezat, O., eds. Mapping Cultural Identities and Intersections Imagological Readings. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • 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., 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.R., 2009. The pedagogy of cultural materialism: Paulo freire and raymond williams. About Raymond Williams. 81-93.
  • 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.


  • Dix, H., 2020. 'From vocational calling to career construction: Late-career authors and critical self-reflection'. In: Wiley, C. and Pace, I., eds. Writing about Contemporary Artists 20-22 October 2017 University of Surrey. Researching and Writing on Contemporary Art and Artists: Challenges, Practices and Complexities,. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

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


  • 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-),