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Randall Stevenson was born in the north of Scotland, grew up in Glasgow, and was educated the Universities of Edinburgh and Oxford. After working for a time in a government college in North-West Nigeria, he returned to the Department of English Literature in the University of Edinburgh as a lecturer in 1979. He has also worked as Associate Director of the University’s International Office, and as Dean of the Scottish Universities’ International Summer School, and has lectured abroad, often for the British Council, in ten European countries and in Korea, Egypt and Nigeria. His work has been translated into Italian and Russian, and new editions of critical studies published in Romania and in China.
These are centred on twentieth-century literature, and on the historical processes and pressures of modernity which shape it. Research and publication particularly focus on modernism, especially the work of Wyndham Lewis; on literary history; on narrative theory, especially in relation to issues of temporality and structure; on fiction and drama in Britain throughout the C20th century; on English writing in all genres since 1960; on postmodernist fiction, and on Scottish theatre after 1950.
Professor Stevenson would be glad to consider research proposals in any area of twentieth-century British fiction; in modernism or postmodernism; in most phases of English writing since 1960; in twentieth-century literary history; and in recent Scottish theatre.
Current projects include a study of the literature of the Great War, 1914-18, due for publication by Oxford University Press in 2013, and general editorship of the ten-volume Edinburgh History of Twentieth-Century Literature in Britain, which began publication in 2010.
This article was published on Mar 18, 2011