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Professor Philip Tew

Professor Philip Tew
Honorary Professor - Arts and Humanities

Gaskell Building 138


Philip Tew is Professor of English (Post-1900 Literature) at Brunel, and the Convenor of the MA in English Literature. Externally he is the elected Director of the B.S. Johnson Society, and joint Managing Editor of Symbiosis: a Journal of Transatlantic Literary and Cultural Relations. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Royal Society of Literature. He acts as a member of the editorial advisory boards of both the Taiwan-based journal Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies and the US-based journal, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction. He has served as a member of the Peer Review Colleges of both the AHRC and ESRC. At Brunel he is also currently Director of the Brunel Centre for Contemporary Writing (BCCW) and the Hillingdon Literary Festival (HiLF).

Tew’s published monographs are B. S. Johnson: A Critical Reading (Manchester UP, 2001), The Contemporary British Novel (Continuum, 2004; Serbian trans. Svetovi, 2006; rev. 2nd edition Continuum, 2007); Jim Crace (Manchester UP, 2006), and Zadie Smith (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). His latest book on social narrative, ageing and self-reflection, Ageing, Narrative and Identity: New Qualitative Social Research (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), was co-authored with Brunel\'s Dr. Nick Hubble. To date Tew has edited or co-edited ten collections in the field of contemporary British Fiction: Contemporary British Fiction, with Richard J. Lane and Rod Mengham (Polity, 2003); British Fiction Today: Critical Essays with Rod Mengham (Continuum, 2006); Teaching Contemporary British Fiction [special issue of Anglistik und Englischunterricht] with Steve Barfield, Anja Muller-Wood and Leigh Wilson (Universitätsverlag Winter, 2007); Re-Reading B. S. Johnson with Glyn White (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007); Reading Zadie Smith: The First Decade and Beyond (Bloomsbury, 2013); with Emily Horton and Leigh Wilson The 1980s: A Decade of Contemporary British Fiction (Bloomsbury, 2014); with John Macleod and Nick Hubble The 1970s: A Decade of Contemporary British Fiction (Bloomsbury, 2014); with Nick Hubble and Leigh Wilson The 1990s: A Decade of Contemporary British Fiction (Bloomsbury, 2015); and with Nick Hubble London in Contemporary British Fiction: The City Beyond the City (Bloomsbury, 2016).

Tew is also series editor for: Palgrave’s New British Fiction Series, the Bloomsbury Handbook Series, and the Bloomsbury Literary Decades Series. He has produced numerous other shorter publications in various fields.

From 1990 he held a number of other full and part-time appointments teaching literature and theory at various higher education establishments including: the University of Wolverhampton; North London University; Westminster University; Tufts University Program at University College London; Jesus College, Cambridge; Debrecen University (Hungary); Szeged University (Hungary); Birmingham City University; and the University of Northampton. He is the subject of a page on Wikipedia Tew

Please note that prospective research students interested in being supervised by Prof Tew should also consult the Teaching/Supervision' tab of his webpage.

Newest selected publications

Hubble, N., Tew, P. and Taylor, J. (2019) 'Growing Old with the Welfare State'. Bloomsbury Academic. ISSN 13: 9781350033108


Tew, P., Riley, J. and Seddon, M. (2018) 'The 1960s A Decade of Modern British Fiction'. Bloomsbury Academic. ISSN 10: 1350011681 ISSN 13: 9781350011687


Tew, P. (2018) 'Jonathan Coe Contemporary British Satire'. London: Bloomsbury Publishing. ISSN 10: 1350027693 ISSN 13: 9781350027695


Tew, P. (Accepted) '9781350027671'. Bloomsbury.


Hubble, N. and Tew, P. (2016) 'London in Contemporary British Fiction: The City Beyond the City'. London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISSN 10: 1441190198 ISSN 13: 9781441190192

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