Dr Spinks has primary teaching and research interests in Post-Colonial and Postmodern literature and theory and also in Contemporary American literature. Dr Spinks is the author of Friedrich Nietzsche (London: Routledge, 2003; rpt 2003), James Joyce: A Critical Guide (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009) and Michael Ondaatje (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009). He has published articles on Postmodern literature and theory in journals such as Postmodern Culture, Textual Practice and Contemporary Literature, Post-Colonial literature and poetics in journals like The Journal of Commonwealth Literature and The Journal of Australian Studies and American literature in journals like South Atlantic Quarterly and the Journal of Anerican Studies. He would be particularly interested in supervising doctoral students in the area of modern American poetry and prose.
I currently teach a number of undergraduate modules, one on nineteenth and early twentieth century British and European prose fiction, exploring the long genealogy of literary modernism; another on twentieth century American prose fiction and ideas of cultural value; and a third on ideas of politics, place and identity in moern and contemporary British, Irish and American poetry.
I am the course convenor for the second semester of our American literature MSc "New Beginnings to the End of Days: Writing the American Republic from Reconstruction to 9/11."
Open to PhD supervision enquiries?
Areas of interest for supervision
I supervise mainly, but not exclusively, in the fields of modern and contemporary Amerian and British poetry and prose. I've also recently supervised successful PhDs on James Joyce, Michael Ondaatje and Patrick White.
Current PhD students supervised
I currently have 4 PhD students, working respectively on the poetry of Philip Larkin, American fictive responses to 9/11, English modernist poetical responses to British Romanticism, and the question of cultural appropriation in modern and American prose fiction.
- Modern American Poetry and Prose
- Modern British Poetry and Prose
Geoffrey Hill and intrinsic value
'The house of your church is burning’
Increasing the real life in ourselves
Still clinging to disaster
Except For Law
Sense and Singularity