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Dr Andrew Griffiths

Profile summary

  • Staff Tutor in English
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Arts & Humanities
  • English & Creative Writing
  • a.griffiths

Professional biography

I completed my doctorate at the University of Exeter in 2011 and hold an MA from the same institution. I have taught for the OU since 2009 and have also taught at the universities of Exeter and Plymouth, specialising in Victorian Literature. A revised version of my doctoral thesis was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015 under the title The New Journalism, the New Imperialism and the Fiction of Empire, 1870-1900.

Research interests

My major research focus is on popular culture and imperialism in the long nineteenth century. My monograph, The New Journalism, the New Imperialism and the Fiction of Empire (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), explored the ways in which fiction and journalism combined to produce a distinctive discourse of empire in the final quarter of the nineteenth century, paying particular attention to the role of the special correspondent in that process. 

My current research project, "Minds on the Edge: Mental Health and Masculinity at the Frontiers of Empire", explores the ways in which ideas about masculinity and mental health intersect with imperial ideology. The project aims to contextualise the numerous instances in fiction of imperial agents experiencing stress, breakdown or madness.

I have published on writers and journalists including Henry Rider Haggard, Joseph Conrad, G.A. Henty, Rudyard Kipling, George Warrington Steevens, W.T. Stead, Archibald Forbes and Winston Churchill. Other research interests include the journalism of the First World War and the discipline of Literary Journalism.

Teaching interests

My main teaching interests are in nineteenth-century literature and popular culture, the history and culture of empires and war writing. At the OU I currently teach AA100 (The Arts Past and Present), A326 (Empire, 1492-1975) and EA300 (Children's Literature).

In addition, I have taught A207 (Enlightenment to Romanticism) at the OU and have taught and/or led modules on topics including eighteenth-century literature, Gothic fiction, Romanticism, Victorian literature & culture, Modernism, war writing and critical theory.

Publications

Seeking the Sources of Heart of Darkness: the African Narratives of late-Victorian Explorers and Journalists (2018)
Griffiths, Andrew
Continents manuscrits(11)
Literary Journalism and Empire: George Warrington Steevens in Africa, 1898–1900 (2017)
Griffiths, Andrew
Literary Journalism Studies, 9(1) (pp. 60-81)
Winston Churchill, the Morning Post and the End of the Imperial Romance (2013)
Griffiths, Andrew
Victorian Periodicals Review, 46(2) (pp. 163-183)
The New Journalism, the New Imperialism and the Fiction of Empire, 1870-1900 (2015-08)
Griffiths, Andrew
Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media
ISBN : 9781137454362 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : London
An Anglo-American Encounter in Africa: Henry M. Stanley in Abyssinia, 1868 (2019-02-18)
Griffiths, Andrew
In: Griffiths, Andrew; Alves, Audrey and Trindade, Alice eds. Literary Journalism and Africa's Wars: Colonial, Decolonial and Postcolonial Perspectives. ReportAGES
ISBN : 9782814305243 | Publisher : Presses Universitaires de Nancy | Published : Nancy, France
Strategic Fictions? John Buchan, The Times and the Ypres Salient (2017-01-09)
Griffiths, Andrew
In: Griffiths, Andrew; Prieto, Sara and Zehle, Soenke eds. Literary Journalism and World War I: Marginal Voices. ReportAGES (pp. 55-75)
ISBN : 9782814302822 | Publisher : Presses Universitaires de Nancy | Published : Nancy, France
Literary Journalism and Africa's Wars: Colonial, Decolonial and Postcolonial Perspectives (2018)
Griffiths, Andrew; Alves, Audrey and Trindade, Alice eds.
ReportAGES
ISBN : 9782814305243 | Publisher : Presses Universitaires de Nancy | Published : Nancy, France
Literary Journalism and World War I: Marginal Voices (2017)
Griffiths, Andrew; Prieto, Sara and Zehle, Soenke eds.
ReportAGES
ISBN : 9782814302822 | Publisher : Presses Universitaires de Nancy | Published : Nancy, France