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Professor Randall Stevenson was born in the north of Scotland, grew up in Glasgow, and studied at the University of Edinburgh (astrophysics, then English Literature) and the University of Oxcford.
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 eleven 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; the literature of the Great War; narrative theory, especially in relation to issues of temporality and structure; fiction and drama in Britain throughout the C20th century; postmodernist fiction; Scottish theatre after 1950; literature and science.
Professor Stevenson would be glad to consider research proposals in most areas of twentieth-century British fiction; modernism or postmodernism; twentieth-century literary history; recent Scottish theatre.
Current projects include a study of the temporalities of twentieth-century fiction, due for publication by Edinburgh University Press in 2016;a chapter for the forthcoming Cambridge History of Postmodernism; 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