Educated at Cyfarthfa Castle Grammar School, Merthyr Tydfil and the University of Wales, Cardiff (Senior University Scholarship 1961). Retired 2013. Emeritus Professorship awarded September 2013.
Married with three sons.
Expertise in Post-colonial literature and theory, African English Literatures, Theatre and Drama.
Narrative and Mental Health
Literary engagements with race and gender issues in the enforcement of and opposition to apartheid in late 20th century South Africa
Most recent funding:
ARC Discovery Grant 2007-2009
ARC Discovery Grant 2007-10
Taught at the University of East Anglia 1967-72, University of Missouri 1972-3, Macquarie University, Sydney 1973-88, University of Western Australia 1989-2002, University at Albany, New York (SUNY Albany) 2002-4, University of Western Australia 2005-2013. Retired 2013.
I have just completed editing a book with Professor Philip Mead on "The Social Role of Narrative: Human Rights and the Cultural Imaginary" that Ibidem and Columbia U.P. will release in 2017. I am beginning work on a similar edited book on Narrative and Mental Health Issues. I am also continuing work on the impact of the South African poet, novelist and critic Stephen Gray.
Narrative and Human Rights
Mission texts and colonial resistance
Textual Representation of Africa and Africans
The intersections of secular and sacral discourses and practices in the post-Enlightenment period and the implications of changes in these engagements for cultural, social and political practices in the 21st century.
Post-colonial theory and literature.
Issues of identity, culture and land.
Drama, Performance and Cultural representation