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Rob Hawkes

01642 384025
Job title:
Senior Lecturer in English
School of Arts & Media
Research institute:
Institute of Design, Culture and the Arts

About Rob Hawkes

Rob Hawkes

Rob Hawkes
Senior Lecturer in English, School of Arts & Media
T: 01642 384025
Research institute: Institute of Design, Culture and the Arts

Dr Rob Hawkes joined the School of Arts & Media in October 2012. He has taught previously at Leeds Trinity University (2010–2013), the University of East Anglia (2009-2010) and the University of York (2005-2009). He completed his BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature at the University of Liverpool, his MA in Literature at the University of Hertfordshire, and his PhD in English at the University of York. His thesis examined the fiction of the British writer Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939) in relation to theories of character, plot, genre and trust.

Rob is a member of the Executive Committee of the Ford Madox Ford Society ( and is the Society’s Publicity and Website Officer.

In September 2012, he co-organised a major international conference on Ford’s First World War modernist masterpiece Parade’s End, which has recently been republished in a four-volume critical edition by Carcanet Press and been adapted for television by Sir Tom Stoppard. The conference programme included a Q&A session with Susanna White, the director of the adaptation, and Rupert Edwards, the producer/director of Who on Earth Was Ford Madox Ford: A Culture Show Special.

Research interests

Rob’s research is founded on interests in modernism and modernity, literature and money, war writing, and narrative theory.

He is the author of Ford Madox Ford and the Misfit Moderns: Edwardian Fiction and the First World War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and is currently co-editing three collections of essays on Ford and his writing. The first of these, Ford Madox Ford: An Introduction (Ashgate), contains essays by fourteen experts on Ford, modernism and the First World War and provides a comprehensive introduction to Ford’s life and work. The second and third volumes focus on Parade’s End: volume 13 of International Ford Madox Ford Studies (Rodopi), which will be published in 2014 to mark the WWI Centenary; and War and the Mind (Edinburgh University Press), which focuses specifically on Parade’s End and the psychological impact of the war.

Rob is also working on a major new book-project entitled Trusting Texts: Money, Modernity and Writing, 1890-1990. This work focuses on the issues of trust and finance in modern and contemporary literature, seeking to make interdisciplinary connections between literature, economics, sociology, and politics, and examining texts by writers ranging from George Gissing, Oscar Wilde, Edith Wharton, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Evelyn Waugh to Thomas Pynchon, B. S. Johnson, Harold Pinter, Angela Carter, and Martin Amis.

In 2013, he co-founded Cultures of Trust, an international interdisciplinary network of researchers with interests in questions of trust and distrust, confidence, faith, risk, sincerity, authenticity, money, modernity, and language and its (mis)uses. The network was launched at the Spring 2014 Northern Modernism Seminar which Rob hosted at Teesside on May 2. For more information see:


Selected publications:

Rob Hawkes, Ford Madox Ford and the Misfit Moderns: Edwardian Fiction and the First World War (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

Rob Hawkes, ‘Trusting in Provence: Financial Crisis in The Rash Act and Henry for Hugh’, in Ford Madox Ford, France and Provence (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2011), pp. 229-242.

Rob Hawkes, ‘Visuality vs. Temporality: Plotting and Depiction in The Fifth Queen and Ladies Whose Bright Eyes’, in Ford Madox Ford and Visual Culture (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2009), pp. 97-108.

Rob Hawkes, ‘Personalities of Paper: Characterisation in A Call and The Good Soldier’, in Ford Madox Ford: Literary Networks and Cultural Transformations (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2008), pp. 43-60.

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