Oliver Lovesey

Dr. Oliver Lovesey
Professor, EnglishDr. Oliver Lovesey
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
CCS 369, 1148 Research Road
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

T: 250.807.9385
F: 250.807.8543
E: oliver.lovesey@ubc.ca 

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


Researcher of the Month
Cultural Literacies and Practices
Postcolonial Imaginaries

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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