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Qualifications

B.A. Wales
PhD Wales

About

Before arriving at Glamorgan in 2007 I taught in a number of UK universities including Oxford Brookes, Portsmouth and Aberystwyth.

My research focuses on issues of language and representation with a particular interest in the cultural residues of biblical interpretation. I have explored these interests in relation to critical theory, Victorian literature and twentieth-century texts. My current research focuses on the development of a mode of writing that crosses the divide between the critical and the creative.

I teach undergraduate modules on Nineteenth-Century and English Renaissance Literature, and a third-year module on Myth and Narrative.

I serve as course leader for the MPhil in Writing.

Each year I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations, and have served as internal examiner to a number of MPhil and PhD candidates.

Publications

Books

Zeugma (poetry) Cinnamon Press, 2020

Stations of the Boar (poetry) Cinnamon Press, 2015

Libra (poetry) Cinnamon Press, 2012

The Prodigal Sign: A Parable of Criticism. Sussex Academic Press, 2009.

Fool (poetry) Cinnamon Press, 2009.

Approaching Apocalypse: Unveiling Revelation in Victorian Writing. Bucknell UP, 2007.

Justifying Language: Paul and Contemporary Literary Theory. Macmillan, 1995.

Recent Book Chapters and Articles

‘Conan Doyle’s Sceptical Reader: Ghost Stories, Science and Spiritualism’, in Scott Brewster and Luke Thurston (eds), The Routledge Handbook to the Ghost Story (Routledge, 2018).

‘Wales of the Unexpected: Kiss Kiss’, in Damian Walford Davies (ed.) Roald Dahl: Wales of the Unexpected (University of Wales Press, 2016).

‘After Carson: Reading as Anacolouthon.’ With Alice Entwistle. Textual Practice (2016)

‘Broken Hallelujah’, in John Schad and Oliver Tearle, eds., Crrritic! Sighs, Cries, Lies, Insults, Outbursts, Hoaxes, Disasters, Letters of Resignation, and Various Other Noises Off in These the First and Last Days of Literary Criticism (Sussex Academic Press, 2011).

‘The Theology of Marilyn Monroe’, in Richard Marggraf Turley, ed., The Writer in the Academy: Creative Interfrictions (Boydell and Brewer, 2011).

‘The Brownings’, in Rebecca Lemon et al, eds, The Blackwell Companion to the Bible in English Literature (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).

‘Parables, A-Z’, Yearbook of English Studies 39 (2009).

Memberships

Association of Welsh Writing in English
Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations
George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling

External

Member of the European editorial board for the Journal of Literature and Theology (Oxford UP) 1998-2003.

External member of Humanities Board, Newbold College (1999 – 2001)

External examiner for undergraduate English programme, Bolton University (2006 – 2010)

External examiner for undergraduate humanities programme Havering College (2007 – 2011)

External member of Postgraduate Research Provision Panel for Kingston University (2014)

External Examiner for MA English programme at Aberystwyth University (2014 – 2017)

Consultancy

I have recently peer reveiwed a number of books and proposals for Continuum, and articles for the following journals:

Religion and Literature
Victorian Poetry
Literature Interpretation, Theory
Christianity and Literature

I served as consultant and contributer to the Christianity and Culture project run jointly by the University of York, St John’s Nottingham and English Heritage

Research

My main research interests lie in the exploration of language and representation. My doctoral research and the book based on it (Justifying Language) extrapolated from the writings of Saint Paul a theory of interpretation formulated in dialogue with the work of modern theorists and philosophers including Mikhail Bakhtin, Jacques Derrida, Paul Ricoeur and Emmanuel Levinas.

In Approaching Apocalypse my focus shifted to Victorian literature in order to examine the persistence and transformation of an ancient literary mode during a period characterised by literary realism, utilitarian thought, demythologising of the bible, technological progress and Darwinism.

My third book contributed to the highly praised ‘Critical Inventions’ series published by Sussex Academic Press. The Prodigal Sign combines traditional modes of critical writing with dramatic monologues, parables, autobiography and less-easily defined modes of writing, in order to characterise the critical enterprise as a set of prodigal procedures and practices.

My poetry collection Stations of the Boar draws on the eleventh-century life of St Cadoc. I collaboratied with my brother, Vic Mills, on a theatrical production based on the research that underpinned that collection. The play Cadoc and the Drowned Boys was performed in Churches named after the saint around south east Wales.

I am currently working on another collection of poems based on the hymns of an ancient Mesopotamian priestess, and on a novel set in the 1590s.

Areas of Expertise

Victorian Literature
Literary Theory
Critical-Creative writing
Welsh Writing in English
Early Literature

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