Dan Bedggood

Senior LecturerDaniel Bedggood

Honours Coordinator
Karl Popper 609


Research Interests

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.

Recent Publications

  • Bedggood D. (2022) Ecocrises and Posthuman-Animal Futures in Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl and Schoen’s Barsk. Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature: 267-289. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-11020-7_13.
  • Bedggood D. (2019) "Speculative Decolonization? Posthuman Animal Futures in Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl and Schoen's Barsk". Christchurch: Decolonzing Animals: AASA Conference, 1-4 Jul 2019.
  • Bedggood DF. (2019) Ursula K. Le Guin: The Dispossessed. In Sandru C (Ed.), The Literary Encyclopedia: 11. London: The Literary Dictionary Company.
  • Bedggood DF. (2019) Ursula K. Le Guin: The Left Hand of Darkness. In Sandru C (Ed.), The Literary Encyclopedia: 10. London: The Literary Dictionary Company.
  • Bedggood D., Chiang T., Hereaka W. and Bennett M. (2018) "Timey-Wimey Stuff", Chaired Panel Discussion with Ted Chiang, Whiti Hereaka and Michael Bennett. Christchurch: Word Christchurch Festival 2018, 01 Sep 2018.