Robert teaches across a range of modules in English Literature and supervises postgraduate research on contemporary British fiction. Robert has published widely on modern writing and is currently working on a new book project investigating the politics of space in recent fiction.
Robert's research is focused on British literature and he has published on a wide of range of contemporary writers including Martin Amis, Angela Carter, Ian McEwan, Will Self, Iain Banks, Toby Litt, Rupert Thomson, Patrick McGrath and China Miéville. Robert's monograph The Grotesque in Contemporary British Fiction was published by Manchester University Press in 2013. Robert's teaches 20th and 21st-century literature at UCLan including a special module on the graphic novel.
After completing his PhD, Robert lectured at a number of universities including Manchester University and Keele University before joining the University of Chichester as a Senior Lecturer, where he taught literature and literary theory and organised a conference on 'Literature,, Terrorism and 9/11'. in 2010. He joined UCLan as a Senior Lecturer in 2013.
- PhD in English, University of Kent, 2001
- MA in Modern English and American Literature, University College Dublin, 1994
- BA in English and French, University College Dublin, 1993
- Contemporary Literature
- British Fiction
- Robert is an Associate of the HEA and has been involved in the Visiting Writers series at Manchester University, introducing and chairing Q&A sessions with writers including Will Self and Sebastian Barry. He has also acted as a peer reviewer for academic journals including Textual Practice, the Journal of Gender Studies, the Journal for Cultural Research and Mosaic.