My research encompasses several fields in contemporary and historical culture and literature, including Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures and Theory, with a particular focus on analysis of Cultural Contact, Globalization and Displacement; Non-fiction Literary Genres; Science Fiction; and Cultural Studies. I have published on several British writers, including Graham Swift, Julian Barnes, John Fowles, Virginia Woolf and Kazuo Ishiguro; on Canadian-Sri Lankan writer Michael Ondaatje; on neurologist and popular science writer Oliver Sacks; on Ursula K. Le Guin; on travel writing in colonial and postcolonial contexts; and on speculative fiction.
I am currently working on a book-length study of texts representing different modes of travel and displacement in the late twentieth-century, another on Michael Ondaatje's play between fictional and nonfiction prose writing, and another on the re-emergence of utopia as a feature of late C20 and early C21 speculative fiction. My other current research ranges from a focus on The Black Jacobins, CLR James' accounts of the Haitian Revolution; research on recent Palagi publications in the Pacific; looking into the experimental social visions of Iain (M) Banks and Ursula Le Guin's science fiction; and the writing up of loss and memory in Joan Didion's recent work.
My teaching and supervision matches these research areas: postcolonial and contemporary literature, creative nonfiction, and science fiction and utopian texts.
- Bedggood D. (2017) Kazuo Ishiguro: Alternate Histories. In Acheson J (Ed.), The Contemporary British Novel Since 2000: 109-118. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
- Bedggood D. (2017) Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse: The Novel as Elegy. In Acheson J (Ed.), Virginia Woolf: 152-164. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Bedggood DF. (2017) Posthumanism and Utopia? Iain (M) Banks’ ‘Culture’.. University of Liverpool: Science Fiction Foundation Research Lecture, 14 Jun 2017.
- Bedggood DF. (2017) “Travelling Talesmen in New Zealand: Paul Theroux and John Pule”. University of Canterbury, Christchurch: Oceanic Memories: Islands, Ecologies, Memories, 30 Nov-2 Dec 2017.
- Bedggood DF. (2017) From New National to World Literatures: Essays and Reviews (Book Review). Journal of Postcolonial Writing: 1-2. Taylor & Francis (Routledge). [Journal of Postcolonial Writing].