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Rob Hawkes

01642 384059
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 384059
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.

Rob is Recruitment and Admissions Tutor for English Studies at Teesside and welcomes enquiries about our English courses.

Research interests

Rob’s research is founded on interests in modernism and modernity, literature and trust, 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 co-editor of: Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End: The First World War, Culture, and Modernity (Rodopi, 2014); War and the Mind: Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End, Modernism, and Psychology (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming); and An Introduction to Ford Madox Ford (Ashgate, forthcoming).

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.

PhD supervision
Rob is Director of Studies on a potential doctoral project being offered in the Institute of Design, Culture and the Arts and would like to encourage applications from prospective students. This is an indicative topic, for further information, or to discuss this opportunity, please contact Rob directly.


Selected publications:

Ashley Chantler and Rob Hawkes, ed. Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End: The First World War, Culture, and Modernity (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2014).

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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