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Dr Neil Cocks

Name:
Dr Neil Cocks
Job Title:
Lecturer
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Responsibilities

At Reading, I have taught and convened IFP, all levels of BA, and I offer two modules on the MA in Children's Literature, the oldest course of its type in the world. My specialist third-year BA options are 'Alfred Hitchcock' and 'Children's Literature.'

I am an experienced PhD supervisor, and would be happy to discuss potential PhD supervision in childhood and literature, childhood and image, nineteenth century literature, The Gothic, or paranoia.

I am a member of CIRCL (The Centre for International Research in Childhood: Literature, Culture and Media).

I am the Peer Learning Officer and STaR champion for the School of Literature and Languages. 

Whilst at The University I have offered award winning outreach, and I welcome requests for school visits. I'm especially happy to talk about The Gothic, and to offer poetry workshops.

Areas of Interest

 

My research questions the self-evident through close reading. It follows that I am especially interested in analysing discourses that seem straightforward, simplistic, and unquestionable. This has led me to engage extensively with Children's Literature, as it is often taken to grant access to immediate truths. Utilizing only an accurate reading of narration, my aim is to defamiliarize these texts, and from this question wider societal appeals to structure, sexuality, objecthood, agency, and identity. In developing a text-based, non-essentialist approach to literature, I have become interested in critiquing a wide variety of discourses that are in some way resistant to reading, including: 'the material turn'; 'the turn to affect'; contemporary film theory; evolutionary psychology; discourses of student-centred education; the literature of childhood in general; new-managerialism in Higher Education; libertarianism; certain post-Lacanian understandings of the Symbolic. I also have a long standing interest in both 'the uncanny' and paranoia in literature.

Research groups / Centres

I have published three monographs. The first, from 2009, is a critique of student-centred education. I followed this in 2014 with a work concerned with overlooked children in nineteenth century English literature, and the difficulties that arise from reading something in a text that has not previously been noticed. The book includes extended engagements with work by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Anne Brontë, and Christina Rossetti. My most recent monograph offers an original engagement with Higher Education discourse, one that takes its cue from approaches more usually associated with literary studies. It was reviewed by Prof. Ian Parker as an 'astonishing and necessary book [...] an argument for and exemplar of good critical textual practice', and by Dr. Jan de Vos as 'mandatory reading for scholars and their managers'.

I am currently working on a monograph provisionally entitled Ayn Rand and Deconstruction. This is part of a wider project to question contemporary right-wing and libertarian narratives. I am also organising a conference entitled 'Ayn Rand from the Left', to be held at The University of Reading in Autumn 2018. For more, see https://aynrandfromtheleft.wordpress.com/about/ and https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2017/07/01/ayn-rand-from-the-left.

I am currently also writing on: the Australian uncanny; Poe and childhood;

I publish and perform poetry under the name 'Obby Robinson'.

Recent Publications

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