David Goldie


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Personal Statement

I am a senior lecturer in English Studies, researching and teaching in 20th century and contemporary Scottish and British Literature. I have specific interests in literature and popular culture, the history of literary criticism, and the literature of place.

I have a D Phil from Oxford University and an MA from Glasgow University and was Head of the School of Humanities from 2010-13.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Literature and Popular Culture of World War One
  • Scottish Literature and Popular Culture in the 20th Century
  • British Literary Criticism in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries
  • Literature of the 1930s
  • Contemporary Scottish Literature

Research Interests

My research is mainly in 20th century Scottish and British literature and popular culture. Current research focuses on the First World War. I am working on a book, provisionally titled 'Scotland's War?: Scottish Literature and Culture 1914-1918'. This follows on from articles I have published in The Cambridge Companion to the Poetry of the First World War (2013), the Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century British and American War Literature (2012, the International Journal of Scottish Literature (2010), and the Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry (2007).

I have written and co-edited four books, From the Line: Scottish War Poetry 1914-1945 (2014) (with Roderick Watson); Scotland and the Nineteenth Century World (2012) and Beyond Scotland: New Contexts for Twentieth Century Scottish Literature (2004) (both with Gerard Carruthers and Alastair Renfrew), and A Critical Difference: T. S. Eliot and John Middleton Murry in English Literary Criticism 1919-1928 (1998).

I have published essays on issues in Scottish literature and culture in a number of works, from the Oxford History of the Novel and the Cambridge History of Literary Criticism to the London Review of Books.

I recently completed the supervision of an AHRC-funded project, 'Ecloga Journal, Scottish Network of Modernist Studies Special Issue 2013', which was edited by Andy Campbell, and have been since June 2014 a strategic and academic member of the AHRC Peer Review College. I am a member of the School of Humanities Literature, Culture and Place research group, and of the War and Representation Network and the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies, and am a member of the committee of the Scottish Universities International Summer School and the Universities' Committee on Scottish Literature.

I have examined doctorates at the universities of Oxford, Glasgow, Kent, and Strathclyde.

Teaching Interests

I teach on a range of classes in Scottish and British literature from the end of the 19th century on. These include 'The Construction of Scotland' at level 2, 'The Literature of the First World War' at level 3, 'The Nineteen Thirties: Literature and Culture' at level 4, and a Masters class 'British Literatures 1880-1950'.

I have been external examiner on undergraduate programmes at the universities of Cumbria and Central Lancashire, and have been an external assessor on undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses at the universities of Dundee and Cumbria, and at Canterbury Christ Church University. I am currently external examiner on the MA (Hons) English (Scottish, Modern, and Contemporary literatures) at the University of Aberdeen.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford

Master of Arts, University of Glasgow

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Research Output

Romance by other means: Scottish popular newspapers and the First World War

Goldie, D., 14 Oct 2018, World War 1: Media, Entertainments & Popular Culture. Hart, C. (ed.). London, p. 230-57 28 p.

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  • Unspeakable Scots: dialogues and dialectics in Scottish-British literary culture before the First World War

    Goldie, D., 18 Jan 2018, Literature and Union: Scottish Texts, British Contexts. Carruthers, G. & Kidd, C. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 259-277 19 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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    Keeper : a novel and critical reflection on historical fiction as a genre

    Author: Stocker, B. D., 6 Dec 2018

    Supervisor: Goldie, D. (Supervisor) & Hope, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    Politics and the problem of speaking for others in the work of Naomi Mitchison

    Author: Ryder, J., 1 Oct 2018

    Supervisor: Bell, E. (Supervisor) & Goldie, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    ARTS & HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL (External organisation)

    David Goldie (Chair)
    2 Mar 2017

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) (External organisation)

    David Goldie (Member)
    Jun 2016

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee