I have taught at Sheffield since 1970, during which time my research interests have spread from the Victorian novel, on which I wrote my PhD, to modern literature and especially contemporary poetry, which is the subject of four of my books.
I am particularly interested in the work of the English poets Ted Hughes and Peter Redgrove, and in 1993 the Sheffield university library acquired Redgrove's personal archive, for which I have academic responsibility.
Peter Redgrove Papers
Ever since I was at school I have been passionately interested in the writings of D.H. Lawrence, and in 2004 I published a book on Lawrence's travel writings, partly inspired by a semester spent teaching in New Mexico, one of the places he lived in and wrote about.
I am the editor of Blackwell's Companion to Twentieth-century Poetry (2001).
- George Eliot: Her beliefs and her art. London, Paul Elek and Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1975.
- Ted Hughes: A Critical Study (with Terry Gifford). London and Boston, Faber and Faber, 1981
- The Lover, the Dreamer and the World: the Poetry of Peter Redgrove. Sheffield, Sheffield Academic Press, 1994.
- Meredith and the Novel. London, Macmillan and New York St Martin's Press, 1997.
- Narrative and Voice in Postwar Poetry. Harlow, Longman, 1999.
- (ed.) A Companion to Twentieth-century Poetry, Oxford, Blackwell, 2001
- D.H. Lawrence, Travel and Cultural Difference, London, Palgrave, 2004.
- Ted Hughes: A Literary Life, London, Palgrave, 2006
- (ed.) Peter Redgrove, The Colour of Radio, Exeter, Stride Books, 2006
- Ted Hughes New Selected Poems, humanities ebooks, 2007,
- D.H. Lawrence Women in Love, humanities ebooks 2007
- A Lucid Dreamer: the Life of Peter Redgrove, Jonathan Cape, 2012
- (ed) Collected Poems of Peter Redgrove, Jonathan Cape, 2012, 496pp
- (ed.)Ted Hughes: from Cambridge to Collected, with Mark Wormald and Terry Gifford, Palgrave, 2013
- Sons and Lovers: the Biography of a Novel, Clemson University Press/Liverpool University Press, 2016
- Women in Love, Humanities E-books, 2007
- Ted Hughes: ‘New Selected Poems’, Humanities E-books, 2007
Articles and Chapters in Books
- '"Leavisite" Cambridge in the 1960s', Ian Mackillop and Richard Storer, eds., F.R.Leavis: Essays and Documents, Sheffield Academic Press, 1995, pp264-279.
- 'Epic and Novel in George Eliot', Carol Adlam, Rachel Falconer, Vitalii Makhlin and Alastair Renfrew, eds., Face to Face: Bakhtin in Russia and the West, Sheffield Academic Press, 1997, pp29-310.
- 'The Idea of Nature in English Poetry' (with Terry Gifford), Patrick Murphy, ed., Literature of Nature: An International Sourcebook, Chicago and London, Fitzroy Dearborn, 1998, pp166-176.
- 'Hughes, the Laureateship and National Identity', Q/W/E/R/T/Y: Littératures et Civilisations des Pays Anglophones (Université de Pau), 9, October 1999, pp203-209.
- 'Duffy, Eliot and Impersonality', Angelica Michelis and Antony Rowland, eds., Choosing tough words: the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy, Manchester University Press, 2003, pp33-46.
- 'Walcott and English Metre', Agenda vol.39, nos.1-3, Special issue on Derek Walcott, ed. Maria Cristina Fumagalli, 2003, pp267-74.
- 'The Common Text of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes', Symbiosis,vol.7 no.1, April 2003, pp157-73.
- 'Hughes and the Female Addressee', Joanny Moulin, ed., Ted Hughes: Alternative Horizons London and New York, Routledge, 2004, pp87-94.
- 'Lawrence and Otherness: Master and Slave in "The Prussian Officer"', D.H. Lawrence Studies, Vol.15 No.2, 2007, pp23-32.
- 'Poetry and Class: Tony Harrison, Peter Reading, Ken Smith and Sean O'Brien', Neil Corcoran, ed., Cambridge Companion to Contemporary English Poetry, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2007.
- ‘Recognising Otherness? The Place of Mornings in Mexico in Lawrence’s Encounter with Native America’, Etudes Lawrenciennes 36, 2007, pp119-130
- ‘Hughes’s Myth: the Classics in Gaudeteand Cave Birds’, Roger Rees, ed., Ted Hughes and the Classics, Oxford, Oxford University press, 2009, pp120-33
- ‘Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield and Free Indirect Discourse’, Etudes Lawrenciennes39, 2009, pp163-74