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Dr Miles Leeson

Director, Iris Murdoch Research Centre

Miles Leeson is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Admissions Tutor for English and Creative Writing, and Director of the Iris Murdoch Research Centre, at the University of Chichester. He studied for a DPhil at the University of Sussex and previously taught at the Universities of Sussex and Portsmouth. 

He is interested in supervising postgraduate work relating to Iris Murdoch and her circle. He currently supervises four Phds relating to various aspects of Murdoch's life and work. For more details please follow the link to the Reseach Centre below.

Research Interests

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

Professional

Module Co-ordinator for:

  • Year 1  Decadence and Desire: Late 19th Century Literature
  • Year 1 Contemporary Fiction: War, Women, and the World
  • Year 2  Reading Women's Writings: Twentieth Century Literature
  • Year 3 The Ethics of Reading: Literature in the Twentieth Century
  • Year 3   European Literary Legacies: Writing the City (Venice)
  •  MA  Literature in the Present Moment

Publications

Monographs and Edited Collections

  • Iris Murdoch: Philosophical Novelist London Continuum Press, 2010 (Paperback, October 2011)
  • Incest in Contemporary Literature  Manchester University Press, 2018 (Paperback, 2019)
  • Iris Murdoch, Feminist  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 Miles Leeson (ed.) Incest in Contemporary Literature  Manchester University Press, 2018
  • ‘Avuncular Ambiguity: Ethical virtue in Murdoch’s The Black Prince and Simone de Beauvoir’s The Mandarins’ in Miles Leeson (ed.) in  Incest in Contemporary Literature  Manchester University Press, 2018
  • 'Encoding Love: Hidden Correspondence in the fiction of Brigid Brophy and Iris Murdoch' in Richard Canning and Gerri Kimber (eds.) Brigid Brophy in Transition, 2019

Media Work

Miles has appeared on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5Live, as well as writing for The Guardian and the Northern Ballet, and featuring on the Netflix documentary series 'Myths and Monsters'.



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)