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Dr Miles Leeson

Senior Lecturer

Miles Leeson is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Chichester. He studied for a DPhil at the University of Sussex and previously taught at Sussex and the University of Portsmouth. He is currently completing work on his second monograph Beings in Time: The Philosophical Novelist in the Twentieth Century as well as a co-edited collection focusing on taboo and incest literature.

He is interested in supervising postgraduate work in any of his research interests.

Research Interests

Contemporary British and European Fiction, interdisciplinary studies, philosophy, ethics and the novel

Teaching Responsibilities

Module Co-ordinator for:

  • ENL 102  Victorian Literature
  • ENL 117  Modernism to the Present
  • ENL 204  Reading Women's Writings
  • ENL 311  Strange Hybrids: Postmodern British Fiction
  • ENL 307  Victorian Literature: Women's Writing


Monographs and Edited Collections

  • Iris Murdoch: Philosophical Novelist London: Continuum Press, 2010 (Paperback, October 2011)
  • Writing The Last Taboo: Incest in Contemporary Literature  Forthcoming
  • Beings in Time: The Philosophical Novelist in the Twentieth Century  In development

Articles and Essays

  • ‘Morality in a World without God: Iris Murdoch and Martin Heidegger’ in Simone Roberts and Alison Scott-Baumann (eds.) Iris Murdoch and the Moral Imagination: Essays Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland Press June 2010 [p.221-237]
  • ‘Iris Murdoch’s A Severed Head – A Revision of Ideas: Freud and Nietzsche’ in The McNeese Review McNeese University, Lake Charles, Louisiana Vol. 47, November 2009 [p.66-84]
  • ‘The Engendered and Dis-engendered Other in Iris Murdoch’s Early Fiction’ in Claire Westall and Rina Kim (eds.) Cross-Gendered Voices: Appropriating, Resisting, Embracing Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan May 2012 [p.113 – 127]
  • ‘The French Connection: Iris Murdoch and Raymond Queneau’ in Mark Luprech (ed.) Iris Murdoch: Influence and Influences Tennessee: University of Tennessee Press (2014)
  • ‘“[T]he thing that makes us different from other people”: Narrating incest through ‘différance’ in the work of Angela Carter, A.S. Byatt and Doris Lessing’ (Co-authored) in Emma V. Miller and Miles Leeson (eds.) Writing the Last Taboo: Incest in Contemporary Literature   Forthcoming
  • ‘The Ambiguity of Ephebophilia: Ethical virtue in Murdoch’s The Black Prince and Simone de Beauvoir’s The Mandarins’ in Emma V. Miller and Miles Leeson (eds.) Writing the Last Taboo: Incest in Contemporary Literature   Forthcoming

Reviews and Contributions

  • Member of the Editorial Board for the Postgraduate English Journal, University of Durham   
  • Reader for Miscelanea, University of Zaragoza  
  • Reader for University of Iowa Press
  • Review of Bran Nicol, Iris Murdoch: The Retrospective Fiction Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2004 in Textual Practice Vol. 20 2006 [p.573 - 576]
  • Review of Roula Oikonomakia, Metaphysical Ethography: 'Gods, Godgames and Goodness' in John Fowles' The Magus and Iris Murdoch's The Sea, The Sea Bern: Peter Lang, 2008 in The Iris Murdoch Review Vol 1, 3 [p.46 – 47]
  • Review of Matt Kimmich, Offspring Fictions: Salman Rushdie’s Family Novels Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2008 in The European Journal of English Studies (2012)
  • Review of Eibhear Walshe (ed.), Irish Writers in their Time: Elizabeth Bowen Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2009 in The European Journal of English Studies ( 2012)
  • Review of Anne Rowe and Avril Horner (eds.), Iris Murdoch and Morality Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010 in Miscelanea, University of Zaragoza ( 2012)