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 am the President of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies, the main national and international subject body for the study of Scottish literature.

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, The First World War in Scottish Literature and Popular Culture, which is contracted with Oxford University Press. 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 five books, The Scottish Poetry of the First and Second World Wars (2017) From the Line: Scottish War Poetry 1914-1945 (2014) (both 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 am a member of the Strategic and Academic AHRC Peer Review Colleges and a member of the AHRC's COVID-19 expert peer review group and have sat on and chaired numerous grant panels for the council. I am a member of the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship Panel College.  I  participate in several networks, including the Scotland's Colony project at the University of Otago, the Universities Committee for Scottish Literarture, the Scottish Centre for Victorian and Neo-Victorian Studies, and the War and Representation Network, and am a member of the Board of Editors of the Scotnotes in Translation series at Nanjing Normal University.

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

Teaching Interests

I teach on a range of classes in Scottish and British literature from the end of the 19th century to the present. These include 'English 1A' at level 1, 'The Construction of Scotland' at level 2, 'Writing War' at level 3, 'The Nineteen Thirties: Literature and Culture' at level 4, and a Masters class 'Making and Unmaking British Literature 1880-1950'.

I have been external examiner on undergraduate programmes at the universities of Aberdeen, Cumbria, and Central Lancashire, and have been an external assessor on undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses at Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Dundee, Cumbria, andt Canterbury Christ Church University. I am currently external examiner on the BA(Hons) Culture and Heritage at the University of the Highlands and Islands and the MA(Hons) in Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jan 1991

Master of Arts, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 1 Jan 1983


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