Dr Leigh Wilson

Reader in Modern Literature

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Leigh Wilson works on modernism, the contemporary novel and the idea of fiction.

I was educated at the University of Warwick (BA (Hons) in English & American Literature 1987), Birkbeck College, London (MA in Gender, Culture and Society 1993), and the University of Westminster (PhD in English Literature 2000).

I am and one of the departmental co-ordinators for the research student programme. I am PhD Director in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.

My present research interests centre on modernism and on contemporary fiction, and my current work is on the nature of the fictional.

I teach on one second year module, The Novel, and will teach on two third-year modules from 2017/18 - Modernism, and What is the Contemporary?

I have supervised three PhD students to completion, and I am currently supervising research on, among other things, women modernist writers and religion, and on photography and fiction in the late nineteenth century. I would welcome applications from students wishing to pursue graduate research on aspects of late nineteenth-century and modernist literature, or on contemporary fiction.

Over the last few years my work has concentrated on three main areas, modernism, occult and supernatural beliefs in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and contemporary fiction. My monograph, Modernism and Magic: Experiments with Spiritualism, Theosophy and the Occult (EUP, 2013; paperback 2015) brings together the first two in arguing that, for experimental artists in the early twentieth century, magic played a crucial role. I have also co-edited a two-volume Selected Works of Andrew Lang (with Alex Warwick and Andrew Teverson, 2015). The Selected Works has been shortlisted for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award 2015. Lang was an important figure at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries whose work has since been neglected. My work on the Selected Works aims to show the significance of his attempt to use both scientific and supernatural models to understand a range of issues. At the same time, I have been developing my work on the contemporary novel through co-editing a series of four edited collections for Bloomsbury to be published through 2014 and 2015, The Decades Series. The volumes in the series are on each decade from the 1970s on, and situate the British novel in the specifics of it historical context at the same time as building up a picture of its most significant formal and generic developments over the period. My current focuses on the idea of the fictional in the contemporary novel.

WIth Dr Georgina Colby, I run a project on the Contemporary Small Press which aims to investigate the conditions and possibilities of small press publishing in the UK, and to bring together small presses, writers and readers. See www.thecontemporarysmallpress.com.

2015

Modernism and Magic: Experiments with Spiritualism, Philosophy and the Occult, paperback (2015)
Wilson, L.G. 2015. Modernism and Magic: Experiments with Spiritualism, Philosophy and the Occult, paperback. Edinburgh Edinburgh University Press.
The Edinburgh Critical Edition of the Selected Writing of Andrew Lang, volume 2 (2015)
Teverson, A., Warwick, A. and Wilson, L.G. (ed.) 2015. The Edinburgh Critical Edition of the Selected Writing of Andrew Lang, volume 2. Edinburgh Edinburgh University Press.
The Edinburgh Critical Edition of the Selected Writings of Andrew Lang: volume 1 (2015)
Teverson, A., Warwick, A. and Wilson, L.G. (ed.) 2015. The Edinburgh Critical Edition of the Selected Writings of Andrew Lang: volume 1. Edinburgh Edinburgh University Press.
The 2000s: a decade of contemporary British fiction (2015)
Bentley, N., Hubble, N. and Wilson, L.G. (ed.) 2015. The 2000s: a decade of contemporary British fiction. London Bloomsbury.
The 1990s: a decade of contemporary British fiction (2015)
Hubble, N., Tew, P. and Wilson, L.G. (ed.) 2015. The 1990s: a decade of contemporary British fiction. London Bloomsbury.

2014

The 1980s: a decade of contemporary British fiction (2014)
Horton, E., Tew, P. and Wilson, L.G. (ed.) 2014. The 1980s: a decade of contemporary British fiction. London Bloomsbury.

2013

Modernism and magic: experiments with spiritualism, theosophy and the occult (2013)
Wilson, L.G. 2013. Modernism and magic: experiments with spiritualism, theosophy and the occult. Edinburgh Edinburgh University Press.

2008

Modernism (2008)
Wilson, L.G. 2008. Modernism. London, UK Continuum.
Writers talk: interviews with contemporary British novelists (2008)
Tew, P., Tolan, F. and Wilson, L.G. (ed.) 2008. Writers talk: interviews with contemporary British novelists. London Continuum.
Writers talk: conversations with contemporary British novelists (2008)
Tew, P., Tolan, F. and Wilson, L.G. (ed.) 2008. Writers talk: conversations with contemporary British novelists. London ; New York Continuum.

2007

Teaching contemporary British fiction (2007)
Barfield, S., Mueller-Wood, A., Tew, P. and Wilson, L.G. (ed.) 2007. Teaching contemporary British fiction. Heidelberg Universitatsverlag Winter.

2015

Small Press Book Fair (2015)
Wilson, L.G. 2015. Small Press Book Fair. Fyvie Hall, Regent Street

2015

Reality Effects: The Historical Novel and the Crisis of Fictionality in the First Decade of the Twenty-first Century (2015)
Wilson, L.G. 2015. Reality Effects: The Historical Novel and the Crisis of Fictionality in the First Decade of the Twenty-first Century. in: Bentley, N., Hubble, N. and Wilson, L.G. (ed.) The 2000s: a decade of contemporary British fiction London Bloomsbury. pp. 145-171

2013

"Miraculous constellations in real material”: spiritualist phenomena, dada photomontage and magic (2013)
Wilson, L.G. 2013. "Miraculous constellations in real material”: spiritualist phenomena, dada photomontage and magic. in: Mays, S. and Matheson, N. (ed.) The machine and the ghost: technology and spiritualism in 19th to 21st century art and culture Manchester Manchester University Press.

2012

The cross-correspondences, the nature of evidence and the matter of writing (2012)
Wilson, L.G. 2012. The cross-correspondences, the nature of evidence and the matter of writing. in: Kontou, T. and Willburn, S. (ed.) The Ashgate research companion to nineteenth-century spiritualism and the occult Aldershot Ashgate.

2007

Teaching contemporary British fiction: some preliminary considerations (2007)
Wilson, L.G. 2007. Teaching contemporary British fiction: some preliminary considerations. in: Barfield, S., Mueller-Wood, A., Tew, P. and Wilson, L.G. (ed.) Anglistik und Englischunterricht Heidelberg Universitatsverlag Winter.

2006

Theodora Bosenquet (2006)
Wilson, L.G. 2006. Theodora Bosenquet. in: Hammill, F., Sponenberg, A. and Miskimmin, E. (ed.) Encyclopedia of British women's writing, 1900-1950 Basingstoke, UK Palgrave Macmillan.
Psychoanalysis and literary and cultural studies in Britain (2006)
Wilson, L.G. 2006. Psychoanalysis and literary and cultural studies in Britain. in: Wolfreys, J. (ed.) Modern British and Irish criticism and theory: a critical guide Edinburgh, UK Edinburgh University Press. pp. 167-176
Possessing Toby Litt's ghost story (2006)
Wilson, L.G. 2006. Possessing Toby Litt's ghost story. in: Mengham, R. and Tew, P. (ed.) British fiction today London, UK Continuum. pp. 105-116
Evelyn Underhill (2006)
Wilson, L.G. 2006. Evelyn Underhill. in: Hammill, F., Sponenberg, A. and Miskimmin, E. (ed.) Encyclopedia of British women's writing, 1900-1950 Basingstoke, UK Palgrave Macmillan.
Elizabeth Bowen (2006)
Wilson, L.G. 2006. Elizabeth Bowen. in: Hammill, F., Sponenberg, A. and Miskimmin, E. (ed.) Encyclopedia of British women's writing, 1900-1950 Basingstoke, UK Palgrave Macmillan.

2003

"She in her 'armour' and he in his coat of nerves": May Sinclair and the re-writing of chivalry (2003)
Wilson, L.G. 2003. "She in her 'armour' and he in his coat of nerves": May Sinclair and the re-writing of chivalry. in: Heilmann, A. (ed.) Feminist forerunners: new womanism and feminism in the early twentieth century London, UK Pandora. pp. 179-188

2013

There the facts are: Andrew Lang, facts and fantasy (2013)
Wilson, L.G. 2013. There the facts are: Andrew Lang, facts and fantasy. Journal of Literature and Science. 6 (2), pp. 29-43.

2007

Dead letters: gender, literary history and the cross-correspondences (2007)
Wilson, L.G. 2007. Dead letters: gender, literary history and the cross-correspondences. Critical Survey. 19 (1), pp. 17-28.

2000

'It was as if she had said....': May Sinclair and reading narratives of cure (2000)
Wilson, L.G. 2000. 'It was as if she had said....': May Sinclair and reading narratives of cure. PhD thesis University of Westminster School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages

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