Professor Mark Rawlinson

Professor in English LiteratureDr Mark Rawlinson

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2639


Personal details

  • BA MPhil DPhil (Oxford)

I work on nineteenth- and twentieth century literature, especially narrative fiction and poetry.



I am Academic Director of the College of Arts, Humanities and Law.

I am a member of the University's Academic Policy Committee and numerous committees, working groups and panels managing innovation in learning and the quality of education in the University.

I was awarded a University Teaching Fellowship in 2009.

I am a member of the Quality Assurance Agency's Register of Institutional Auditors.



Co-editor, with Adam Piette, The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-century British and American War Literature (Edinburgh University Press, 2012)

The Norton Critical Edition of A Clockwork Orange (Norton, 2011)

Pat Barker (Palgrave, 2009), pp. 189.

British Writing of the Second World War (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2000), 247pp.

"This is the most authoritative study so far of the culture of the second world war....wide ranging as well as profoundly researched and theoretically alert....pitches the discussion of wartime culture on to new levels....brilliant exercise in cultural history"

- Rod Mengham, THES, 13 April 2001, 26.

Articles and chapters

'Analysis: Return on Investments go down as well as up', Research Fortnight, 15 June 2011, 22-23.

With Tristram Hooley, 'What can careers workers learn from the study of narrative?', Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling, 26 (February 2011), 3-8.

'"Waste Dominion", "White Warfare", and Antarctic Modernism', Tate Papers, 14 (Autumn 2010)

‘Sassoon, Owen, Rosenberg and Thomas’ in Michael O’Neill, ed., The Cambridge History of English Poetry (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), pp. 1253-1282.

'Far more remote than it actually is’: Rumer Godden's Black Narcissus and 1930s Mountain Writing’,Lucy Le Guilcher and Phyllis Lassner, eds, Rumer Godden: International and Intermodern Storyteller (Palgrave, 2010), 39-50.

‘The Second World War: British Writing’, in Kate McLoughlin ed., The Cambridge Companion to War Writing (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), 197-211.

‘After War: Writing about World War in a Post-War Era?’ in eds Eve Patten and Richard Pine, Literatures of War (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2008), 380-400. ISBN (13) 9781847186379.

‘Wilfred Owen’, Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry, ed. Tim Kendall (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), 114-33.

‘Ted Hughes' Tales from Ovid’, in Richard Littlejohns and Sara Soncini eds, Myths of Europe (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007), 51-61.

‘The Slaves of Solitude and the Second World War’, Critical Engagements 1.1 (2007), 259-70.

'Dead Chickens: Henry Williamson, British Agriculture and European War', in Paul Brassley, Jeremy Burckhardt and Lynne Thompson, eds, The English Countryside Between the Wars: Regeneration or Decline? (Boydel and Brewer, 2006), 87-101.

'On the losing side: Francis Stuart, Henry Williamson and the Collaborationist Imagination’, forthcoming in Silvia Bigliazzi and Sharon Wood, eds Collaboration in the Arts from the Middle Ages to the Present (Ashgate, 2006), 121-137.

‘George Orwell and Spain: Writing about England, Militarism and the Proles after 1936’, in Annette Gomis and Susana Onega eds, George Orwell: A Centenary Celebration (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag C. Winter, 2005), 73-97.


My research has a particular focus on  the literature of war. 'British Writing of the Second World War' (2000) was a study of the literary culture of wartime Britain (1939-1945), and that investigation is being extended to how the meanings of the Second World War have been reassessed in fiction and film since 1945.



I have supervised PhD theses on

  • the fiction of Henry Green
  • Modernism and Myth
  • V.S.Naipaul
  • Poetry and the City (Eliot, Fisher, Sinclair and Dun)
  • James Joyce and the Orient
  • speculative fiction of the Second World War

Current doctoral candidates under my supervision are working on War literature for Adolescents and Trades Unions and the British novel since 1945.

I welcome inquiries from students interested in

  • literature and war
  • twentieth-century narrative fiction

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