Dr Richard Brown

Dr Richard Brown

Reader in Modern Literature

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Summary: Modern Literature James Joyce’s Ulysses Contemporary Literature Millennial Fictions Co-ordinator of the Modern and Contemporary Literature M.A. scheme

Dr Richard Brown BA, PhD, University College, London

Research Interests

The main focus of my research and teaching interest is modern literature and especially the work of James Joyce and selected contemporary British novelists. As well as a wide variety of articles and conference papers in these and other areas, I've published four books on Joyce: Cambridge, 1985), James Joyce: A Postculturalist Perspective (Macmillan, 1992), Joyce, "Penelope" and the Body (Rodopi, 2006) and, most recently, the 450-page Companion To James Joyce from Blackwell (2008), which combines new readings of Joyce's texts with essays placing his work in various cultural contexts around the world. Since starting it in 1980, I've been co-editor of The James Joyce Broadsheet, a journal which continues to publish articles, book reviews, illustrations, news and other material connected to the work of Joyce, three times a year. 

In the School of English at Leeds I run a James Joyce Research Group which invites guest speakers and has hosted conferences on Joyce as well as a regular Reading Group which has just completed working its way through the "Sirens" episode of Ulysses which we plan to be the subject of our next conference. In recent years I've lectured on Joyce and contemporary English fiction in Dublin, Trieste, Uppsala, on Joyce's Gibraltar in the Jewish Museum in London, New York, and this year I'm giving the plenary at the Asian Joyce conference in Seoul, Korea. 

I've recently published on Ian McEwan in Critical Survey and on Eavan Boland in Stand. Recent book contributions on Bob Dylan appeared in Do you Mr Jones? Bob Dylan with the Poets and Professors (Pimlico, 2003) and The Political Art of Bob Dylan (Palgrave, 2004, reprinting 2009). 

Recent Activities

My new collection of essays Joyce, "Penelope" and the Body came out in the European Joyce Studies series from Rodopi in April 2006, with an introduction and chapter by me and chapters from a mix of outstanding critics and newcomers to publication. 

In May 2006, the first A.N. Jeffares Lecture (Professor in Leeds from 1957-1974) was delivered by Professor Declan Kiberd of University College Dublin. 

At the June 2006 International James Joyce Foundation Symposium in Budapest I chaired a panel on Joyce and the animal and contributed a paper to it and to another panel on Joyce and media technology. 

The Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature Research Group entered its second year of running. Speakers included John Sutherland, Chairman of the Man Booker Prize Judges who spoke on the Autumn 2005 judging process.

My poem "Dates, Figs and Turkish Delight" appeared in Moving Worlds: A Journal of Postcolonial Writing in 2004. 

I was the invited guest of the Royal Society of Literature on the occasion of a lecture by Professor Thomas F. Staley, Director of the Harry Ransom Research Centre at the University of Texas at Austin and I became a Member of the Royal Society in 2006. 

As part of the Brotherton Library's programme of digitisation and in connection with my new MA module on Joyce, Modernism and the Body, I selected some published and unpublished writings of Margaret Storm Jameson, one of the first women students of English at the University of Leeds (1909-12) to make her name as a novelist and critic. 

In September 2005 I gave a paper on the poetry of Paul Muldoon at the conference on his poetry held in the School of English at Leeds. 

In March 2005 I visited the Department of English at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and delivered a public lecture on James Joyce's short story "The Boarding House" and a staff seminar on Ian McEwan's Saturday

I gave a paper on family themes in Ian McEwan's fiction at the "Nearest and Dearest" Conference on Contemporary Fiction hosted by the Department of English of the University of Hull and (in February 2006) a presentation to the Hull English Department and UK Network for Modern Fiction Studies Research Seminar on "Crash and the Scar: Ballard's Millennium". 

Since 2004 I've made three visits to the Department of English at the University of Uppsala in Sweden and delivered lectures on James Joyce and Contemporary British Fiction. 

PhD. students under my supervision successfully completing in 2005 and 6 include Jim Davies (Joyce and Deleuze and Guattari); Sam Francis (J.G.Ballard); Ben Bird (co-supervision with Jay Prosser on Don DeLillo). 

In June 2006 I was the invited guest of the Irish Ambassador at the presentation of the annual awards for Irish Studies in the U.K. 

My essay "Bob Dylan's Critique of Judgement: 'Thinkin' about the Law" was published in The Political Art of Bob Dylan (Palgrave, 2004). 

My article on James Joyce's Giacomo Joyce was reprinted in the first ever collection of essays on that work (including pieces by Hélène Cixous, Gayatri Spivak) published by Prague University Press. 

The James Joyce Quarterly reviewer of a recent volume of essays on Joyce and Detective fiction (published in the Joyce Studies in Italy from Bulzoni in Rome) described my contribution as "brilliant". 

I gave a keynote lecture at the James Joyce Summer School Trieste, Italy in July 2004 on "Joyce, Shakespeare and Literature".



Modern Literature
James Joyce's Ulysses
Contemporary Literature
Millenial Fictions


Co-ordinator of the Twentieth Century Literature M.A. scheme

Modern to Contemporary
Joyce, Modernism and the Body

Previous and other positions

During the academic year 1992-3 and again in the Summer of 1997, I was Visiting Professor in the English Department at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where I taught courses on Shakespeare and contemporary English fiction. 

Before coming to Leeds, I was Morley Medal winner and Quain Student at University College in London and taught for the Open University and Extra-Mural Department of London University as well as sub-editing and writing book reviews for the Sunday Times and Times Literary Supplement. I was Cline Fellow at the Ransom Humanities Research Centre in the University of Texas at Austin in 2002. 

For the Cline Fellowship interview discussing my article "Marilyn Monroe Reading Ulysses" click here