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Bob Irvine holds an Honours MA in English and Philosophy from the University of Aberdeen, and a PhD from Edinburgh. He taught at Brunel University in London before returning to his current post in 1999.
Dr Robert P. Irvine’s PhD was on gender and genre in the novels of Walter Scott, looking at Scott’s creative engagement, in his fiction, with the female-authored domestic novel of his time.
His current interests lie in the relation between literature (particularly fiction) and political ideas (particularly ‘liberal’ ones, broadly conceived) from the late seventeenth century to the end of the nineteenth; and especially in Scottish writers in this period. Questions of gender and class and the interrelation of those two categories remain a recurring concern.
Dr Irvine welcomes research proposals in any area that overlaps with the above.
Dr Irvine's edition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Prince Otto (1885), the first volume to be published in the new Edinburgh University Press edition of Stevenson’s works, appeared in May 2014.
A paperback version of his Selected Poems and Songs by Robert Burns was published in the Oxford World's Classics series in January 2014.
Dr Irvine's next book project is a monograph on Burns, but more immediately he plans essays on John Galt, and on Daniel Defoe and Thomas Hobbes, as well as on Burns.
This article was published on Nov 26, 2012