Curriculum Vitae

Name: Stephen Thomas Knight

Born: Bournemouth, U.K.

Citizenship: British

Marital Status: Married to Margaret Quinn Sams; two children, Elizabeth Bronwen, David Stephen 

Home city: Melbourne, Australia

Email: stephen.knight at        

Educated:        Bournemouth Grammar School, 1951-59
                       Jesus College, Oxford, B.A., 1962, M.A. 1966
                       University of Sydney, Ph.D., 1967

Honours:      Cyfaill y Celtiaid, Sydney, 1985
                       Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award, 2002
                       International Mythopoeic Society Award for Non-Fiction, 2005
       James Randall Leader Prize for best Arthurian essay in a US publication, 2011
                       Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 1990-
                       Fellow of the English Association, 1999-
Employment: University of Sydney: Teaching Fellow, 1963 
                                    Lecturer, 1964-7
                                    Senior Lecturer, 1970-74
                                    Associate Professor, 1975-86                   
                        Australian National University: Lecturer, 1968-9
                        University of Melbourne: Robert Wallace Professor of English, 1987-92, Head of Department, 1989-92
                        De Montfort University, Leicester: Professor in English and Head of Department of English, Media and Cultural Studies, 1992-94
                        University of Wales, Cardiff: Professor of English 1994-2005; Head of English Literature, 1994-2002; Head of School of English, Communication and Philosophy 1995-7. Distinguished Research Professor in English Literature, 2005-11
                        University of Melbourne, Honorary Research Professor in English Literature 2011-13; Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow, 2013-15
Societies:         New Chaucer Society ;
International Arthurian Society;
                        International Association for Robin Hood Studies.
                        Association for the Study of Welsh Literature in English


I have lectured and tutored at all levels from very large first year lectures (up to four hundred students) to small specialist classes for senior year and postgraduate students. Subjects covered include medieval literature and language; language studies; Arthurian legend; Robin Hood tradition; critical theory; fiction from the eighteenth century to the present, with specialist courses on crime fiction, industrial fiction, Welsh fiction in English and Australian literature.

Postgraduate supervision and assessment has been a major feature, including the co-ordination of the research programmes at Melbourne and De Montfort and being Director of Research in English Literature at Cardiff. I have supervised 35 successful PhDs and examined over 70 (50 of them externally). I have substantial experience in both organising and contributing to postgraduate training courses at Masters and Doctorate level. I have also acted for many years as research mentor and appraiser to colleagues at all levels, and have regularly managed and advised on promotion procedures on behalf of colleagues.

My undergraduate courses have frequently been cross-disciplinary, and at times taught jointly with staff from other departments, particularly History and Media Studies. Developing courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level has been a regular activity, with on average a new course established each year through my career. I have been external Examiner at Flinders University (BA) 1976-7, Swansea (MA) 1993-5, Southampton (MA) 1994-8, Lancaster (BA) 1995-8, Edinburgh (BA) 1997-2000, Royal Holloway London (MA) 1997-2000, Queen Mary and Westfield London (BA), 1999-2003, York (MA) 2000-3. I have had extensive involvement with Continuing Education/Lifelong Learning courses.

I have been invited as Visiting Professor at Kent (1994), Santiago (1997), Tuebingen (1998), Nantes (2001), Swansea (2002-5), Rossell Hope Robbins visiting lecturer, Rochester University, New York, 1995; Joseph Schick visiting lecturer, Terre Haute, Indiana, 2005, Lansdowne Lecturer Victoria University, BC, 2012. I have been invited plenary speaker at Boulder (1996), Cheltenham (1996), Oxford (1997), Sydney (1997), Rochester (1997), Reading (1998), Germersheim (1998), London (1999), Kalamazoo (1999), York (2000), Cambridge (2001), London (2002), Canberra (2004), Frankfurt (2004), Exeter (2005), Delaware (2005), Warwick (2006), Limerick (2007), Perth (2007), Newcastle (2008), Cardiff (2009), Perth (2011), Toronto (2012).

This CV does not list unpublished conference and seminar papers given: these average about three or four annually; in the last decade papers have been given by invitation at Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, Newcastle, York, Warwick, Birmingham,  London, Bristol, Bath, Swansea, Lampeter, Galway, Trefforest, Gregynog, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Houston, Columbus (Ohio), Kalamazoo, Newark (Del.), Rochester (NY), Vancouver, Winnipeg, Bologna, Malta, Naples, Uppsala, Regensburg, Rostock.


In the pedagogical context, establishing, supervising and assessing a wide range of courses; in the administrative context, departmental committees of all kinds, especially Research, Curriculum and Staff-Student Relations; Faculty and School committees including Management, Policy, Library, Equipment, Franchise, Budget and Research; Academic Board and Senate committees including Ph.D., Research, Continuing Education, Quality of Education, Estates, Academic Services.

At Melbourne elected Deputy Dean, 1989-90, with special responsibility for inquiry into Staff-Student ratios and also chaired an inquiry into European language teaching in the Faculty; Acting Dean for period in 1990. Head of Department of English 1988-91; chair of university's Theatre Board and board member of Melbourne Theatre Company; to the end of 1989 board member of Victorian Libraries Cooperation Agency and of Australian Book Review. External Reviewer for Departments of English at Universities of Western Australia and Auckland. Member, Australian Vice-Chancellors' Subject Panel, English, 1991.

At De Montfort, Subject Leader in English and Head of Department, chair of School Research Committee controlling allotted research budget (including for Fine Arts, Music and Performance), chair of working party on absorption of Modern Languages into School, and on working party on Jain Studies; Course Leader for new European M.A. in co-operation with Tillburg Academy, Holland and University of Granada, Spain. External member, School of Design Audit; member of DVC's Working Party on Graduate Studies.

At Cardiff, Head of English Literature Section controlling teaching, research and allotted budgets 1994-2002; Head of School of English, Communications and Philosophy 1995-7, administering School of 1500 FTE and fully devolved budget; experience on School and University Committees, including Library Allocations Working Party, Teaching and Learning Committee, Validation Committee (International), Estates Committee, Academic Services Committee, Senate Standing Committee. Drafted Research submissions for 1996 Research Assessment for English, Philosophy and Media Studies, and for English in 2001 and 2008. Quality Assessment Mentor for European Languages, Biology, Accounting and Education; research mentor for Welsh; external member, quality review of Finance Department; member, Council for Lifelong Learning; member, committee on External Examining; chair, Validation Panel for Journalism MA degrees.

In national terms, Subject Specialist on HEFCE Teaching Quality Assessment, UK 1994-5 and member of National Overview writing panel (drafted Aims and Curricula section). Member, U.K. Graduate Council committee on Taught Masters Degrees, 1995-6, and Schools Curriculum Authority Working Parties on GCSE English and A Level English, 1997-8, 2000 and 2001. Elected to Executive of Council for College and University English, 1998-2000; co-ordinated CCUE response to Research Assessment Exercise proposals for 2001. Member of British national Research Assessment Panel (English), 2001 and 2008; member REF Impact Pilot Panel (English), 2010; external reviewer, English Department, University of Wales, Swansea, 2002; research reviewer, Stirling University 2004; evaluator, national English Subject Centre, 2005; REF assessor and advisor, University of East Anglia, 2010; Northampton University, 2011; Queen Mary, London, 2011; University of Aberystwyth, 2011- ; University of Central England, 2011- ; De Montfort University, 2011- ;  Director, University of Wales Press, 2003-05; on editorial board of New Welsh Review (2004-7), Clues, British Journal of Australian Studies, Sydney Medieval Studies,  continuing.

In international terms, elected trustee of New Chaucer Society, 2000-04; joint Secretary-Treasurer of International Association for Robin Hood Studies, 1998- present; PhD examiner, Uppsala, 2000 and 2001, Valladolid, 2007; co-coordinator and visiting lecturer, COTEPRA project based at University of Bologna, 1998-2001; consigliere scientifico and sub-group co-ordinator for ACUME Project, based at University of Bologna, 2002-6; Honorary Professor, University of Melbourne, 2006-present.


Research Funding

From Australian Research Council:

1980-1 $6000 per annum for two years for .5 research assistant on Chaucer Variorum project.

1987-8  $12000 per annum for two years for research assistance for Robin Hood project.

1989-90 $20000 per annum for two years for research assistance on Australian crime fiction project

1992-4  $65000 per annum for three years for team project `Re-reading Victorian Australia' project of which I was initially Principal Researcher, then on moving to Britain became Research Associate.

In Britain:

1993 De Montfort University provided £100000 per annum for three years for research development in English under my supervision.

1995 British Academy award of £3184 for Early Crime Fiction Project.

2001 Arts and Humanities Research Board  award of £22522 for six months research leave for book One Hundred Years of Fiction for Writing Wales in English Series for University of Wales Press.

2006-07 British Academy award for research on book Merlin: Knowledge and Power, £6800.

2009-10 British Academy award for research on Mysterious Cities project, £7450.


Possibility of seeking funding for project Between the Convicts and the Bush, a Bourdieu-based study of the development of Australian self-consciousness in and through fiction in the early-mid nineteenth century.

Research Publications


The Structure of Sir Thomas Malory's Arthuriad, Sydney University Press, 1969, reprinted 1974

(with B. K. Martin) Aspects of Celtic Literature, Sydney University Press, 1970

Rymyng Craftily: Meaning in Chaucer's Poetry, Angus and Robertson, London and Sydney, 1973; Humanities Press, Atlantic Heights, 1976

The Poetry of the Canterbury Tales, Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1974

Form and Ideology in Crime Fiction, Macmillan, London; Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 1980

Arthurian Literature and Society, Macmillan, London; St Martin's Press, New York, 1983

Geoffrey Chaucer, Blackwell, Oxford, 1986

Robin Hood : A Complete Study of the English Outlaw, Blackwell, Oxford, 1994, reprinted 1995.

Continent of Mystery : A Thematic History of Australian Crime Fiction, Melbourne University Press, 1997

Robin Hood: A Mythic Biography, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 2003; paperback edition, 2009

Crime Fiction, 1800-2000: Detection, Death, Diversity, Palgrave, London and New York, 2004 (revised second edition, Crime Fiction 1800 to the Present, 2009)

One Hundred Years of Fiction (first in the Writing Wales in English series), University of Wales Press, Cardiff, 2004

Merlin: Knowledge and Power Through the Ages, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 2009 [See Amazon page]

The Mysteries of the Cities: Urban Crime in the Nineteenth-Century, McFarland, Jefferson NC, 2012   [See Amazon page]

Other Books

The Selling of the Australian Mind, Heinemann, Melbourne, 1990; reprinted Mandarin, Melbourne 1991

Freedom Was Compulsory: Sins and Signs in Contemporary Australia, Heinemann, Melbourne, 1994

In Planning Stage:

Sherlock Holmes’ Grandmother: National and International  Influences In Nineteenth-Century Crime Fiction

Between Convicts and the Bush Myth:  Development of Settler Culture and Concepts in mid-Nineteenth-Century Australia, research project (funding sought, see above ) and book, 2013-14

The Politics of Myth, research-based book on the varieties and functions of the Arthurian myth across Western culture 800-2000, probably for Cornell

Essay Collections edited:

with Don Anderson, Cunning Exiles : Studies in Modern Prose Writers, Angus and Robertson, Sydney and London, 1974

with Michael Wilding, The Radical Reader, Wild and Woolley, Sydney, 1977

with S.N.Mukherjee, Worlds and Words : Studies in the Social Role of Verbal Culture, Sydney Studies in Society and Culture, 1983

with H.Gustav Klaus, The Art of Murder, Tübingen, Stauffenburg, 1998

with H.Gustav Klaus, British Industrial Fictions, University of Wales Press, Cardiff, 2000

with H. Gustav Klaus, `To Hell with Culture’: Anarchism in Twentieth Century British Literature, University of Wales Press, Cardiff, 2005

Robin Hood : An Anthology of  Scholarship and Criticism, Cambridge, Brewer, 1999

Cultural Memory: Oralcy and Literacy, a CD Rom containing twenty papers and associated hypertext links, for ACUME project based at University of Bologna, 2006

Robin Hood in Greenwood Stood: Alterity and Context in the English Outlaw Myth, Brépols, Turnhout, 2012.

At Press

With Maurizio Ascari, Crime and the Sublime, special issue of La Questione Romantica (Bologna), 2012

Texts edited:

with T. Ohlgren, Robin Hood and Other Outlaw Tales, Western Michigan University Press, Kalamazoo, 1997 (second edition, 2000)

Robert Barr, The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont, Oxford University Press, 1997

Robin Hood : The `Forresters’ Manuscript, Boydell and Brewer, Cambridge, 1998

Robin Hood Classic Fiction Library, 8 vols. Routledge, London, 2005

Anthologies edited:

Dead Witness : Best Australian Mystery Stories, Penguin, Melbourne 1990

Crimes for a Summer Christmas, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1990

More Crimes for a Summer Christmas, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1991

A Corpse at the Opera House, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1992

Murder at Home, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1993

Enter the Detective: Crime Fiction in Early Nineteenth Century Magazines, Cardiff Papers in English Literature, 1995, revised ed.1997


`The Meaning of "The Parlement of Foulys",' Southern Review, 2  (1967), 223-39

`Almoost a spanne brood,' Neophilologus, 52, (1968), 178-80

`The Oral Transmission of "Sir Launfal",' Medium Aevum, 38 (1969), 164-70

`Satire in Piers Plowman,' in Piers Plowman : Critical Approaches, ed. S.S.Hussey, Methuen, London, 1969

`Rhetoric and Poetry in "The Franklin's Tale",' Chaucer Review, 4 (1970), 14-30

`Forms of Gloom: The Novels of Flann O'Brien,' in Cunning Exiles, see under Essay Collections above, 1974           

`Style and the Effects of Style in Malory's Arthuriad,'Parergon, 9, (1974), 3-27

`Some Aspects of Structure in Medieval Literature.' Parergon, 16 (1976), 3-17

`Chaucer and the Sociology of Literature,' Studies in the Age of Chaucer, 2 (1980), 15-51

`Welsh Poetic's Well-Shaped Art,' Journal of European Studies, 11 (1981), 18-28

`Ideology in "The Franklin's Tale",' Parergon, 28 (1981), 3-45

`The Case of the Great Detective', Meanjin 40 (1981), 175-85; reprinted in Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes: The Major Stories with Contemporary Critical Essays, ed. John Hodgson (St Martin's, New York, 1990), 368-80.

`Proesce and Cortoisie : Ideology in Chrétien de Troyes' "Le Chevalier au Lion",' Studium, 14 (1982), 1-53

`Textual Variants, Textual Variance,' Southern Review, 16 (1983), 44-54

`Arthurian Ideologies,' in Words and Worlds, see under Essay Collections above, 1983

`Jack Lindsay, Medievalist,' in Culture and History : Essays Presented to Jack Lindsay, ed. Bernard Smith, Hale and Iremonger, Sydney, 1984

`Why was "Lady Isabel and the Elf-Knight the Most Popular Ballad in Europe ?' in Not the Whole Story, ed. Sneja  Gunew and Ian Reid, Local Consumption, Sydney, 1985; reprinted in Non-Chaucerian Medieval Poetry, ed. S. J. Trigg, Longman, London, 1993

`The Social Function of the Middle English Romances,' in Medieval Literature : Culture, Ideology, History, ed. David Aers, Harvester, Brighton, 1986

`Bold Robin Hood : The Structures of a Tradition,' Southern Review, 20 (1987), 153-67

`The Case of the Missing Genre: In Search of Australian Crime Fiction,' Southerly, 48 (1988), 235-49

`Turf Bench and Gloriet : Medieval Gardens and their Meaning,' Meanjin, 47 (1988), 388-96

`A Hard Cheerfulness : An Introduction to Raymond Chandler,' in  American Crime Fiction : Studies in a Genre, ed. Brian Doherty, Macmillan, London, 1988

`Personal Substance: The Novels of Raymond Williams,' New Welsh Review, 2 (1988), 28-32

`The Borders and their Ballads,' in Jacobean Poetry and Prose, ed. Clive Bloom, Macmillan, London, 1989

`Larded Milk and Pastry Castle : The Social Semiotics of Medieval Food,' Meanjin, 48, 1989, 124-33

`Searching for Research: The Selling of the Australian Mind,' Meanjin, 48 (1989), 456-62

`Chaucer's British Rival: on Chaucer and Dafydd ap Gwilym,' Leeds Studies in English, n.s.20 (1989), 87-98

`Correctness in Language' in Frontiers of Style, ed. P.H.Peters, Macquarie University Press, Sydney, 1990

`The Men of the North: British Southern Scotland and Its Cultural Heritage,' Australian Celtic Studies 2, 1990, 3-10

`Radical Thrillers,' in Watching the Detectives, ed. Ian Bell and Graham Daldry, Macmillan, London, 1990

`The Knife Beneath the Skin: Crime Writing, Masculinity and Sadism,' Arena, 97, 1991, 145-56

`The Case of the Stolen Jumbuck,' in Reconnoitres: Essays in Australian Literature in Honour of G.A.Wilkes, ed. Margaret Harris and Elizabeth Webby, Oxford University Press, Sydney, 1992

`Sterling Settlement and Colonial Currency: Post-Colonial Patterns in Australian Crime Fiction,' Working Papers no. 74, Sir Robert Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, University of London, 1992

`How Red Was My Story ? The Working Class Novel in Wales,' Planet, 98, 1993, 83-94

`A Blood Spot on the Map: Place and Displacement in Australian Crime
Fiction,' Australian Cultural History, 12, 1993, 145-59

`Robin Hood and the Royal Restoration,' Critical Survey, 5, 1993, 298-312

`In the Golden World : Shakespeare and the Pedagogy of Power,' in Shakespeare's Books : Contemporary Cultural Politics and the Persistence of Empire, ed. Philip Mead and Marion Campbell, Melbourne University Literary and Cultural Studies Series, vol. 1, 1993

`The Vanishing Policeman: Patterns of Control in Australian Crime Fiction,' British Journal of Australian Studies, 11, 1994, 95-114

`Carbonek and Camelot : The Crusades and the Development of the Grail Myth,' in Medieval Codicology, Iconography, Literature and Translation : Studies for K.V.Sinclair, ed. P. R. Monks and D.D.R.Owen, Brill, Leiden, 1994

`Regional Crime Squads: Location and Dislocation in Provincial British Crime Fiction', in Peripheral Visions, ed. Ian A. Bell, University of Wales Press, Cardiff, 1995

Entries on `Australian Crime Fiction' and `Peter Corris' for
Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English, Routledge, London, 1995

`Bobbin Up and the Working-Class Novel,' in Dorothy Hewett, ed.Bruce Bennett, University of Western Australia Press, 1995; reprinted in Bobbin Up: 40th Anniversary Edition, Vulgar Press, Melbourne, 1999, 213-26.

`Murder in Wartime' in History and Culture in the Second World War, ed. P. Kirkham and D. Thoms, Lawrence and Wishart, London, 1995

`The Case of the Hidden Dragon : Style, Simile and Gender in The Big Sleep,'Q/W/E/R/T/Y, 5, 1995, 259-66

`The Emergence of Robin Hood as a National Hero,' in Robin Hood : The Many Faces of That Celebrated Outlaw, ed. K. Carpenter, Bibliotheks- und Informationssystem der Universität Oldenburg, 1995

`What Kind of Ghoul am I ? Genre and Sub-Genre in Crime Fiction,' in How to Write a Crime Novel, ed. Marele Day, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1996

`Textualising the Margins: Recuperating Alienation in American Crime Fiction,' in Representing and Imagining America ed. Philip John Davies, Keele University Press, 1996

`Outlaw Myths : Or, Was Robin Hood Alone in the Woods ?' in Myth and Its Legacy in European Literature, ed. N. Thomas and F. Le Saux, Durham Modern Language Series, University of Durham, 1996

`"A Local Moment" : Raymond Williams' The Volunteers as Crime Fiction,' Welsh Writing in English 2, 1996, 226-37

`Men in Tights : Fitting the Tradition Snugly,' in Pulping Fictions, ed. D. Cartmell et al., Pluto Press, London, 1996

`Splitting the Arrow' : Robin Hood, History and Historicism,' in History, Literature and Society: Essays in Honour of S.N.Mukherjee, ed. Mabel Lee and Michael Wilding, Sydney Studies in Society and Culture 15, 1997

`From Script to Print: Editing the Forresters Manuscript,' in Ballads into Books : The Legacies of Francis James Child, ed. Tom Cheesman and Sigrid Rieuwerts,  Bern, Lang, 1997

`"Quite Another Man": The Restoration Robin Hood,' in Playing Robin Hood : The Legend as Performance in Five Centuries, ed. Lois J.Potter, University of Delaware Press, 1998

`Enter the Detective,' in The Art of Murder, ed. Gustav Klaus and Stephen Knight, Tübingen, Stauffenburg, 1998

`The Tale of Gamelyn' in Medieval Outlaws: Ten Tales in Modern English, ed. Thomas H. Ohlgren, Stroud, Sutton, 1998

Review article on Reliques of English Poetry, Ed. by Thomas Percy, with an Introduction by Nick Groom, 3 Vols, London, Routledge/Thoemmes, Folk Music Journal, 45, 1998, 520-22 

`Listeth and Listneth: Reading Gamelyn for Text not Context,' in Tradition and Transformation in Medieval Romance, ed. Rosalind Field, Brewer, Cambridge 1999

`"Love's Altar is a Forest Grove": Chaucer in the Light of Dafydd ap Gwilym,' Nottingham Medieval Studies, 43, 1999, 172-88   

`Robin Hood and the Printer,' Trivium, 31, 1999, 155-68

`Which Way to the Forest : Approaches to Robin Hood Studies,' in Robin Hood in Popular Culture: Violence, Transgression, and Justice, ed Thomas Hahn, Brewer, Cambridge, 2000

`Region, Gender and Value in Crime Fiction' in Terranglian Territories, Proceedings of the  Seventh International Conference on the Literature of Region and Nation,  Lang, Frankfurt am Main, 2000

`"... the uncertainties and hesitations that were the truth...": Welsh Industrial Writing by Women,' British Industrial Fictions, ed. H.G.Klaus and S.Knight, University of Wales Press, Cardiff, 2000

`The Voice of Labour Fourteenth-Century English Literature,' in The Problem of Labour in Fourteenth-Century England, ed. James Bothwell, P.J.P. Goldberg and W.M.Ormrod, York Medieval Press, The University of York, York, 2000

`The Lordship Claim in "The Monk's Tale",' Studies in the Age of Chaucer, 22 (2000), 181-6

`Post-Colonial Peredur' in Canhwyll Marchogyon: Cyd-destunoli Peredur, ed. Sioned Davies and Peter Thomas, University of Wales Press, Cardiff, 2001

`Filling an emptying bath, or Understanding humanities funding,' Critical Quarterly, 43 (2001), 81-7

`Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales' in Literature in Context ed. R.Rylance and J.Simons, Palgrave, London, 2001,

`Places in the Text: A Topographicist Approach to Chaucer,' in Speaking Images: Essays in Honor of V.A.Kolve, ed. Robert F. Yeager and Charlotte Morse, Pegasus Press, Asheville, North Carolina, 2001

`The Nun's Priest's Tale,' in Essays on the Art of Chaucer's Verse, ed. Alan T.Gaylord, Routledge, New York, 2001 (Chap.5 of Rymyng Craftily reprinted)

`"not a place for me": Rhys Davies and the South Wales Coalfield' in Decoding the Hare: Essays on Rhys Davies, ed. Meic Stephens (University of Wales Press, Cardiff, 2001)

`"The Voices of Glamorgan": Gwyn Thomas's Colonial Fiction,' in Welsh Writing in English, 7 (2001-02), 16-34.

`Introduction' to Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles (Loffredo, Naples, 2002), pp.xiii-xxxi.

with Carole Ferrier, `Jean Devanny and Dorothy Hewett: Two Australian Industrial Fiction Writers' in Socialist Cultures East and West: A Post-Cold War Reassessment, ed. Dubravka Jurga and M. Keith Booker, Prager, Westport,  2002

`The Golden Age' in The Cambridge Companion to Companion to Crime Fiction, ed. M. Priestman, Cambridge University Press, 2003

`A New Enormous Music: The Welsh Industrial Novel' in Welsh Writing in English, Guide to Welsh Literature Vol.VII ed. M.Wynn Thomas, Cardiff, University of Wales Press, 2004

`How Red Was Robin Hood ?' in Running Wild: Essays, Fictions and Memoirs Presented to Michael Wilding, ed. David Brooks and Brian Kiernan, Manohar. New Delhi, 2004

`"meere English flocks": Ben Jonson's The Sad Shepherd and the Robin Hood Tradition",' in Robin Hood: Medieval and Post-Medieval, ed. Helen Phillips, Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2005

`Post-Colonial Wales: Literature’, in Post-Colonial Wales, ed. Jane Aaron and Chris Williams, University of Wales Press, Cardiff, 2005

`Anarcho-Syndicalism in Welsh Industrial Fiction' in `To Hell with Culture': Anarchism in Twentieth Century British Literature, ed. H.G.Klaus and S.Knight, University of Wales Press, Cardiff, 2005

`Crimes Domestic and Crimes Colonial: The Role of Crime Fiction in Developing Post-Colonial Consciousness' in Christine Matzke and Susanne Mǖhleisen, eds., Postcolonial Postmortems: Crime Fiction from a Transcultural Perspective, Rodopi, Amsterdam, 2006

`Remembering Robin Hood: Five Centuries of Outlaw Ideology', European Journal of English Studies, 10 (2006), 149-61

`Afterword’ to Howard Pyle, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood , Signet, New York. 2006, pp. 377-980.

`Watson's Wound and the Speckled Band': Representations of Imperial Forces in the work of Arthur Conan Doyle' in Linguae & Rivista di Lingue e Culture Moderne 1 (2006), 11-24.

`Rabbie Hood: The Development of the English Outlaw Myth in Scotland,' in
Bandit Territories, ed. Helen Phillips, University of Wales Press, Cardiff, 2008, 99-118.

With Thomas Hahn, `”Exempt me Sire,  I am Afeared of Women” : Homosocial and Homosexual in the Robin Hood tradition’, in Bandit Territories, ed. Helen Phillips (see above), 24-43.

`Sherlock Holmes’s Grandmother: An Untraditional Look at the Anglophone Crime Fiction Tradition’  Anglo Files: Journal of English Teaching (Denmark), 149, September 2008, 29-37.

`Robin Hood: The Earliest Contexts’ in Images of Robin Hood ed. Joshua Calhoun and Lois J. Potter, Delaware University Press, Newark DE, 2008, pp.21-40.

`Robin Hood and the Crusades: When and Why Did the Longbowman of the People Mount Up Like a Lord?’ Florilegium 23 (2008, for 2006), 201-22.

`From Myrddin to Merlin and Back Again’, Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, 14 (2008), 5-20.

`Our Dark Materials: Australian Crime Fiction in the Twenty-First Century’, Age (Melbourne), 22nd July, 2009 

`Arthur in the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Centuries’, Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian Legend, ed. Elizabeth Archibald and Ad Putter (with Rob Gossedge) 2009, 103-119.  

`Celtic and Christian in Arthurian Romance’ in Christianity and Arthurian Romance, ed. Rosalind Field, and Michelle Sweeney, Brewer, Cambridge 2010,

`”Toward the Fen”: Churls and Church in Chaucer’s Fabliaux’, in Chaucer and Religion, ed. Helen Phillips, Brewer, Cambridge, 2010, 41-51.

`Classicising Christianity in Chaucer’s Dream Poems’, in Chaucer and Religion, see above, 143-55.

`Poetry and Gore and More: Peter Temple’s Australian Crime Fiction’, Arena, (Melbourne), 107 (2010), 37-41.

`”On Stony Ground”: Rhys Davies’s The Withered Root’, in Mapping the Teritory: Critical Approaches to Welsh Fiction in English, ed. Katie Gramich, Parthian, Cardigan, 2010, 11-34.

` Robin Hood versus King Arthur', in In Strange Countries: Middle English Literature and Its Afterlife: Essays in Memory of John Anderson, ed. David Matthews, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2011, 9-24.

`Peter Temple: Australian Crime Fiction on the World Stage’, Clues, 29 (2011),  71-81.

`The Arctic Arthur’, Arthuriana 12 (2011), 59-89.

`Indexing Vivien’, in Re-Fashioning Myth, ed. Jessica L. Wilkinson, Eric Parisot and David McInnis, Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011

with Jonathan Evans, `The Hand at the Window: Twm Siôn Cati: The Welsh Colonial Trickster’ in Welsh Mythology and Folklore in Popular Culture, ed. Audrey L. Becker and Kristin Noone,  Jefferson NC: McFarland, 2011, 91-107.

`Preface’ to New Directions in Crime Fiction, ed. Malcah Effron and Maureen Sunderland, Jefferson NC: McFarland, 2011

`King Arthur’ and `Robin Hood’, essays for Icons of the Middle Ages edited by Lister Matheson, Garland, New York, 2012

`Speaking from the Grave: Universities Past Present and Question Mark Future’
for Arena,  116, February-March, 2012

`Alterity, Parody and Habitus: the Formation of the Early Robin Hood Texts’, for Robin Hood in Greenwood Stood: Alterity and Context in the English Outlaw Tradition, ed. Stephen Knight, Brépols, Turnhout, 2012

Completed and Forthcoming:

`Robin Hood', in Encyclopedia of English Literature, Oxford University Press, New York, 2012

`Welsh Literature in English’, essay for Encyclopedia of World Literature, New York, 2012

`Arthurian Literature’, bibliography for Oxford Bibliographies On-Line, Oxford University Press, New York, 2012

`Robin Hood’, bibliography for Oxford Bibliographies On-Line, Oxford University Press, New York, 2012

`Edgar Wallace’ and `Robert Barnard’ in Encyclopedia of Crime Fiction, ed. Esme Miskimin, 2012

`Parody, Comedy and Archery: Re-Generating the Robin Hood Tradition’ for essay-collection ed. Thomas Hahn, 2012

`The Mysteries of the Cities and the Myth of Urban Gothic’, for special issue of La Questione Romantica (Bologna), ed. Maurizio Ascari and Stephen Knight, 2012.

`A Tale of Three Cities: Megalopolitan Fiction in the 1840s’, for essay-collection, ed. Catherine Hughes, University of Wales Press, 2012.

`Across the Swamp to the Immigrants’ Home: Donald Cameron’s 1873 The Mysteries of Melbourne Life’, paper for Melbourne University, October, 2011 and probably an Australian journal 2013

`Feasts in the Forest’, for festschrift for Thomas H. Ohlgren, ed. Dorsey Armstrong, Sean Hughes and Alexander Kaufman,  2012/13

`Oralcy and Literacy in Dialectic: The Case of Robin Hood’, for festschrift for
Richard Green, University of Toronto Press, 2013

`Dates and Themes in the Broadside Robin Hood Ballads’, for essay collection

`Robin Hood: Popular, Medieval, International’, paper for Perth conference on Memory and Medievalism, and subsequent publication, 2012

`Face and Heart: the Inter-relation of Honour and Love in Medieval Chivalric Literature’, contribution to History of Emotions project: conference paper and lengthy essay for subsequent publication, 2012-3

`Harold C. Wells’s The Earth Cries Out’, for essay collection

`Preface’ to William Adler,  Maigret, Paris and France, McFarland Jefferson, 2012

In Progress
`Laurie Clancy on Nabokov’, for essay collection ed. John MacLaren


Not listed here are non-research essays, magazine and newspaper features or public lectures -- a substantial number of items in these genres have been produced. Also omitted are reviews and review articles: for ten years I was a regular book reviewer for the Sydney Morning Herald and acted for three years in the same capacity  for the Melbourne Herald, specialising in modern fiction, including crime writing. In Britain and Australia I have also written reviews and features for radio, as well as for a number of other newspapers and magazines. I continue to do this kind of work intermittently, notably for the Melbourne Age and Arena. I have always written academic reviews, on average two or three a year, rather more in recent years.

I am regularly invited to appear as a media commentator on cultural and social matters. I have acted as consultant and on-camera interviewee in television documentaries for SATEL,  HTV (Wales),  Tiger Aspect and the BBC. I have regularly and recently been interviewed on radio programmes on areas of my expertise in Britain, USA, Ireland, Canada, France and Australia. I recurrently respond to press inquiries on matters of my expertise.

I have acted as consultant for a large number of academic and fiction publishers in Britain and Australia, as a reader for a wide range of academic journals, and have worked as consultant editor on several guides to English usage. I am on the editorial board for Clues: A Journal of Crime Fiction, The Journal of British Australian Studies and Medieval Studies in Australia. On several occasions I have been involved in judging literary prizes; I was chair of the fiction panel for the Premier's prize in Victoria, 1988, and for the Welsh Arts Council Book of the Year in 1997, was invited to fill that role in 2011  but declined, and was chair of the Periodicals Panel, Arts Council Wales 1998-2000. I was founding Secretary and Treasurer of Penarth Arts and Crafts Limited, management body of the Washington Gallery, Penarth, dedicated to showing and selling new art, running a publicly-funded art education and cultural programme, and organising the restoration of the Penarth Pier Pavilion, which was awarded £1.7 million by the U.K. Heritage Lottery Fund in June 2011 and £2.1 million from other sources. I am now involved in organisation and delivery of programmes for the Melbourne Free University.