prof. dr. R.D.P. Lansdown
I was awarded my BA and PhD at University College, London, the latter in 1989 under the supervision of the great South-African born novelist, Dan Jacobson. The doctoral thesis, 'Byron's Historical Dramas' was published by Oxford University Press in 1992, while I was working at the Department of English at the University of Tampere in Finland. In 1993 I was appointed lecturer in English at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, and became editor of the Critical Review, one of Australia's oldest and most legendarily embattled peer-reviewed journals in the discipline — a position I held until 2002. I moved to James Cook University, in Cairns, in 1997, and became associate professor of English there ten years later. My edition of Henry James's The Bostonians came out with Penguin Classics in 2000 (recently translated into Spanish by Penguin Clasicos in Barcelona), and a mild-mannered polemic on various aspects of literary theory, The Autonomy of Literature, was published by Macmillan in 2001.
In 2006 the University of Hawai'i Press published a critical anthology, Strangers in the South Seas: The Idea of the Pacific in Western Thought, and in 2012 Cambridge University Press published my Cambridge Introduction to Byron. By then I had written articles on Austen, Wordsworth, Dickens, and Mary Shelley, among others, but also began to spread my interests further, with essays on Thomas Hardy and roads, James Montgomery's proto-evolutionary mini-epic, Pelican Island, the short fiction of Scottish writer James Kelman, Bronislaw Malinowski's remarkable A Diary in the Strict Sense of the Term, Ibsen's Little Eyolf, and the autobiographical writings of iconic French Romantics, Berlioz and Delacroix. Some of these essays will appear in Literature and Truth: Imaginative Writing as a Medium for Ideas, due with Brill in 2018, which has also published A New Scene of Thought: Studies in Romantic Realism, in 2016. In 2015 I returned to the Byronic fold with a new selection of his inimitable letters and journals with Oxford University Press, which will also publish a very new and very big anthology of John Ruskin's writings in its Twenty-First Century Authors series in 2018.
I read and review for Oxford, Cambridge, Macmillan, Penguin, Baylor University Press, the TLS, Clio, the Philological Quarterly, the Keats-Shelley Journal, the Keats-Shelley Review, Nineteenth-Century Literature, Romanticism, Studies in Romanticism, the Wordsworth Circle, Nineteenth-Century Books Online, the European Romantic Review, Social Science and Missions, and other publishers, and have served on the editorial board of the Keats-Shelley Review since 2014. I have been invited to speak at the Keats-Shelley House in Rome, the Wordsworth Summer Conference at Rydal Hall, the Henry James Society of North America, New York University, and conferences from Neuchatel to Koblenz and Vechta to Valetta.
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