Dr. Oliver Lovesey
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
CCS 369, 1148 Research Road
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7
I mainly work on Victorian fiction and also postcolonial (primarily African) fiction, as well as the history of the novel genre. These are my main areas, but I also have an interest in popular music, particularly in international, auto/biographical, and narrative contexts. I am interested in working on projects with honours and grad students with similar interests.
I have published monographs on George Eliot and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o; another monograph on Eliot is under contract. I recently edited Victorian Social Activists’ Novels, part of a SSHRC-funded project, and Approaches to Teaching the Works of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o in the MLA’s popular Approaches to Teaching World Literature series. I am presently editing a special issue of Popular Music and Society on “Popular Music and the Postcolonial.”
I have taught on three continents and at UBC-Okanagan since 2005. I teach a range of courses including the Victorian Novel, the English Novel in the 18th-Century, Major Authors of the 19th-Century, English Literature survey, and Introduction to Literary Genre. I have taught grad courses on both George Eliot and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o.
I have been the English MA Monitor on the Critical Studies Grad Committee and later the Chair of the English Program (2009-12), which offers an English Major, English Honours, and English MA program. I have served two terms on the university’s Internal Grants Committee, the most recent ending in 2015.
on leave September 2015-September 2016
ResearchResearcher of the Month
Cultural Literacies and Practices
Selected Articles and Book Chapters
-“‘A Cellarful of Boys’: The Swinging Sixties, Autobiography, and the Other Beatle.” Special Issue: Musical Autobiographies. Eds. Martin Butler and Daniel Stein. Popular Music and Society 38.2 (May 2015): 160-75.
-“The Last King of Africa: The Representation of Idi Amin in Ugandan Dictatorship Novels.” Unmasking the African Dictator: Essays on Postcolonial African Literature. Ed Gĩchingiri Ndĩgĩrĩgĩ. Knoxville, TN: U of Tennessee P, 2014. 85-109.
-“‘The Poor Little Monstrosity’: Ellice Hopkins’ Rose Turquand, Victorian Disability, and Nascent Eugenic Fiction.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Journal 35.3 (2013): 275-96.
-“George Eliot and Religion.” George Eliot In Context. Ed. Margaret Harris. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2013. 238-47. Issued in paperback, May 2015.
-“Religious Sensation: Ellice Jane Hopkins’ Rose Turquand.” Women’s Writing 19.4 (Nov. 2012): 434-50.
-“Disenabling Fame: Rock ‘n’ Recovery Autobiographies as Disability Narrative.” a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 26.2 (Winter 2011): 297-322.
-“Ellice Hopkins.” Eminent Victorians: A Forum. Victorian Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal 37.1 (Spring 2011): 22-26.
-“The ‘World’ Before Globalization: Moroccan Elements in The Incredible String Band’s Music.” Popular Music. Cambridge UP. 30.1 (2011): 127-43.
-“Postcolonial Apocalypse and the Crisis of Representation in July’s People.” Nadine Gordimer’s July’s People. Ed. Brendon Nicholls. London: Routledge, 2011. 130-45.
-“Making Use of the Past in Things Fall Apart.” Rpt. Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. New Edition. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Bloom’s Literary Criticism, 2010. 115-39.
-“Making Use of the Past in Things Fall Apart.” Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture 39.2 (Summer 2006): 273-99.
-“Victorian Sisterhoods and Female Religious Vocation in Margaret Oliphant’s Novels.” The Victorian Newsletter (now Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature) (Fall 2004): 21-27.
-“Divine Enthusiasm and Love Melancholy: Tristram Shandy and Eighteenth-Century Narratives of Saint Errantry.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 16.3 (April 2004): 373-99.
-“Anti-Orpheus: Narrating the Dream Brother.” Popular Music 23.3 (Autumn 2004): 331-48.
-“Reconstructing Tess.” SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 43.4 (Autumn 2003): 913-38.
-“Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s Postnation: The Cultural Geographies of Colonial, Neocolonial, and Postnational Space.” Modern Fiction Studies 48.1 (Spring 2002): 139-68.
-“I Will Marry When I Want.” Modern African Drama, A Norton Critical Edition. Ed. Biodun Jeyifo. New York: W. W. Norton, 2002. 611-14. Rpt. from Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. 2000.
-“Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o.” Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Ed. John C. Hawley. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood, 2001. 335-39.
-“Tinsel Madonnas, Tigresses, and Citizens of the World: George Eliot’s Foreign Women.” The Foreign Woman in English Literature. Eds. Marilyn Demarest Button and Toni Reed. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood, 1999. 117-26.
-“Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s Decolonizing Narrative: The Allegorical Imperative.” Beyond Survival: African Literature and the Search for New Life. Eds. Kofi Anyidoho, Abena P. A. Busia, and Anne V. Adams. Trenton, NJ: Africa World P, 1999. 137-45.
-“Initiation for the Nation: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s Njamba Nene Series.” Voices of the Other: Children’s Literature and the Postcolonial Context. Ed. Rod McGillis. New York: Garland, 1999. 193-210. Reissued by Routledge, 2012.
-“The Other Woman in Daniel Deronda.” Studies in the Novel 30.4 (Winter 1998): 505-20.-“Postcolonial Self-Fashioning in Sara Suleri’s Meatless Days.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature XXXII.2 (1997): 35-50.
-“‘The Place of the Journey’ in Sheila Watson’s The Double Hook and Randolph Stow’s To the Islands.” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature 27.3 (July 1996): 45-63.
-“The Crisis of Representation and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s Religious Allegory.” And the Birds Began to Sing: Religion and Literature in Post-Colonial Cultures. Ed. Jamie S. Scott. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1996. 181-90.
-“Chained Letters: African Prison Diaries and National Allegory.” Research in African Literatures 26.4 (1995): 30-45.
-“‘The Sound of the Horn of Justice’ in Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s Narrative.” Postcolonial iterature and the Biblical Call for Justice. Ed. Susan Van Zanten Gallagher. Mississippi: U of Mississippi P, 1994. 152-68. Issued in paperback, 2007.
-“Writing the Female Subject: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s Post-Colonial Discourse.” World Literature Written in English (now Journal of Postcolonial Writing) 32.2 & 33.1 (1992-93): 151-60.
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