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Nigel H. Foxcroft

Nigel H Foxcroft lectures and researches in English and comparative literature. He is an authority on the writer Malcom Lowry with further interests across Anglo-American and Russian literature.

As well as English, Nigel formerly taught Hungarian and Russian and brings a wide-range of practices to his literary scholarship including the influence of cultural, anthropological, and shamanic forces on human psychology. His wider interests include Modernist, Postmodernist, and Postcolonial Fiction: The Golden Age of Russian literature and culture, and the history of Anglo-Hungarian cultural contacts.

E-mail: N.H.Foxcroft@brighton.ac.uk

 

Scholarly Biography and Interests

Nigel H. Foxcroft joined the University of Brighton in 1989 after lecturing in English and Russian at the University of Szeged, Hungary. He holds various degrees - in both English Literature and Russian/Slavonic Studies - from the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, and Sussex.

He is a member of the School of Humanities Quality and Standards Committee (SQSC), Director of Literature Study Skills, Year 2 Tutor for English Literature, and Academic/ Personal Tutor.

He is also Researcher Member of the Centre for Memory, Narrative, and Histories (CMNH), a registered research mentor, and research degree supervisor.

His current teaching and research focus on modern and contemporary English, American, and Russian literature, as well as film.

He has led the cross-university English Literature Research Seminar Series which he established in 2009.

He was granted a one-semester university sabbatical to research Malcolm Lowry in 2010-11. This involved a research field-trip to Cuernavaca, Mexico City, and Oaxaca for the Day of the Dead Festival in November 2010. He was subsequently awarded a Santander-University of Brighton staff travel grant for a research visit to Mexico in October-November 2014.

 

Modernist, Postmodern, and Postcolonial Fiction

  • The influence of cultural, anthropological, and shamanic forces on human psychology: the psychogeographic impact of Aztec and Zapotec civilizations on Malcolm Lowry
  • The Mexican Day of the Dead: anthropological, cosmic, and shamanic perspectives
  • Alienation, survival, and regeneration in Toni Morrison
  • Verbal and non-verbal identity in J. M. Coetzee
  • The representation of cultural identities and memory

 

The Golden Age of Russian Literature and Culture

  • The influence of socio-political alienation on human psychology in the works of A. P. Chekhov, M. Yu. Lermontov, and A. S. Pushkin

 

History of Anglo-Hungarian Cultural Contacts

  • British visitors to Hungary and Hungarian travellers to the British Isles in the early modern period onwards
  • British attitudes and perceptions of Hungary (and vice-versa) and their reflection in the genre of travel writing

He welcomes applications to study for an MPhil or PhD research degree, either full or part-time, in the above and related areas.

 

MPhil and PhD Students Supervised: 

Ana Zivkovic-Snowley, Constructions of Montenegro in the works of British authors from the nineteenth century to the present

Piamaria von Konow, A Study of the Shamanically-Inspired Imaginary: A Cross-Cultural Study of Shamanic/Shamanistic Imagery

 

Featured Works and Projects

Malcolm Lowry: Shamanism and Psychogeography

An Interdisciplinary Study of the Shamanic, Psychogeographic, and Cross-Cultural Consciousness of Malcolm Lowry

Russian Literature

Nigel Foxcroft’s research into Russian literature makes use of literary interests in psychoanalysis and innovative close-reading methods.

Blog: Sabbatical Field Trip to Mexico for the Day of the Dead, 2010

Trip to incorporate an analysis of Aztec and Zapotec world-views through a detailed study of the origins of the Mexican Day of the Dead Festival.

 

Research Activities and Esteem

Refereeing and Editorships

  • Reviewer for Edinburgh University Press, University of Ottawa Press, and for FL Magazine, MISR University for Science and Technology, Egypt since 2014.
  • Academic referee for the Leverhulme Trust for a grant application for an international research project in 2007-08.
  • Academic consultant for Russian, Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC), Cambridge in 1999-2001.
  • Member of the editorial board of Rusistika since 2008.

 

Keynote Speeches 

2012 ‘Malcolm Lowry and the Mexican Day of the Dead: Anthropological, Cosmic, and Shamanic Perspectives’ (keynote speech), The Mexican Day of the Dead: Interdisciplinary Perspectives: A One-Day Symposium, Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, University of Kent, 2nd November.

2010 ‘Shamanic Influences on Malcolm Lowry: East-West Connections’, keynote lecture, 4th International Malcolm Lowry Colloquium: A Tribute to Raúl Ortiz y Ortiz, Malcolm Lowry Foundation/ Museo de la Casona Spencer, Cuernavaca, Mexico, 2nd November (http://malcolmlowry.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=foxcroft).

 

Conference Sessions Chaired

2014 'Humanities: Literature & Literary Studies', NACAH2014 IAFOR Conference, Marriott - Downtown, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, 18th-21st Sept.

2013 ‘Ethnicity, Difference, Identity’, ECAH2013 IAFOR Conference, Thistle, Brighton, 18th-21st July.

 

Awards

2014 Santander staff travel grant (£1700) for research visit to Mexico (Oct-Nov).

 

Interviews

2014 Interview in Jorge Sifuentes Cañas, ‘Foxcroft presenta ante público morelense sus investigaciones’, La Jornada Morelos, Cuernavaca, Mexico, 7th Nov 2014, 14 (http://malcolmlowry.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=foxcroft). 

 

Recent Conference Papers:

2017 ‘Malcolm Lowry: The Russian Dimension’, ‘Under the Volcano’, 70 Years On International Conference, Liverpool John Moores University and Bluecoat, Liverpool, 28th-29th July.

2016 ‘Surrealist Influences: The Inter-Connectedness of Malcolm Lowry’s Modernism’, 2nd Sussex Modernism Lecture Series, Centre for Modernist Studies @ University of Sussex & Towner, Eastbourne, 25th May.

2015 ‘Visions of History: Chance and Certainty in A. S. Pushkin’s The Bronze Horseman and Boris Godunov’, ICCEES IX World Congress 2015, Kanda University of International Studies, Makuhari, Japan,3rd-8th Aug.

2014 ‘The Influence of Mexican and Russian Civilizations on Malcolm Lowry’s Shamanic Perceptions’, Updates on ‘Under the Volcano’ Round Table, International Malcolm Lowry Colloquium 2014, Malcolm Lowry Foundation/ Museo de la Casona Spencer, Cuernavaca, Mexico, 30th Oct-2nd Nov.

2014 ‘Malcolm Lowry: The Russian Connection’, NACAH2014 (The IAFOR N. American Conference on Arts and Humanities), Marriott – Downtown, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, 18th-21st Sept, & chair of lit session.

2014 ‘Dynamic Conflict in Alexander Pushkin’s Boris Godunov and The Bronze Horseman’, New UK Research in C19 Russian Literature Symposium, Darwin College, Cambridge, 1st Feb.

2013 ‘The Power of Non-Verbal Communication in J. M. Coetzee’s Foe’, ECAH2013 IAFOR Conference, Thistle, Brighton, 18th-21st July & chair of session on ‘Ethnicity, Difference, Identity’.

2013 ‘Psychogeographic Impact on Malcolm Lowry's Consciousness: From the Zapotec and Aztec Civilizations to Taoism’, LibrAsia2013 IAFOR Conference, Ramada, Osaka, Japan, 4th-7th Apr.

2012 ‘Malcolm Lowry and the Mexican Day of the Dead: Anthropological, Cosmic, and Shamanic Perspectives’ (keynote speech), The Mexican Day of the Dead: Interdisciplinary Perspectives: A One-Day Symposium, Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, University of Kent, 2nd Nov.

2012 ‘Aztecs and Zapotecs: The Day of the Dead and the Cosmic Phantoms of Malcolm Lowry’, Malcolm Lowry, Encore International Conference, Centre Culturel Int de Cerisy-la-Salle, France, 27th Jun–4th Jul.

2010 ‘Shamanic Influences on Malcolm Lowry: East-West Connections’, keynote lecture, 4th International Malcolm Lowry Colloquium: A Tribute to Raúl Ortiz y Ortiz, Malcolm Lowry Foundation/ Museo de la Casona Spencer, Cuernavaca, Mexico, 2nd Nov (<http://malcolmlowry.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=foxcroft>).

2010 ‘Malcolm Lowry and the Day of the Dead – An Escape to Aztec Civilization?, Faculty of Arts Research Festival, June.

2010 ‘The Shamanic Psyche of Malcolm Lowry: An Intercontinental Odyssey’, English Lit Research Seminar Series, University of Brighton, Mar.

2009 ‘Souls and Shamans: The Cosmopolitan Psychology of Malcolm Lowry’, 2009 Malcolm Lowry Centenary International Conference, University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, July.

2007 ‘A Shamanic Visionary: The Intercontinental Inspiration of Malcolm Lowry’s Magic’, Malcolm Lowry: Fifty Years On International Symposium, Modernist Studies, University of Sussex, June.

 

Teaching   

Nigel H. Foxcroft’s teaching portfolio has included: modern and contemporary English, American, postcolonial, and Russian literature, culture, and film; EFL (especially English language applications: International perspectives, and British culture and society); Hungarian; and Russian language and history.

He has experience as Course Leader, Examinations Officer, and Admissions Tutor for our undergraduate degree programme the revalidation of which he has led.

He has been a cross-university representative on various committees, including Faculty of Arts Academic Development Sub-Committee (FADS); Faculty of Health and Social Science’s Academic Board (FAB); University Academic Standards Committee (UASC); Academic Standards (FASSC), Validation (FVSC), and Modularity Management (FMMSC) Sub-Committees of the Faculty of Education and Sport; as well as School Quality Assurance Co-ordinator; Pathway Leader for Russian; and Co-ordinator for Links with Russia, East Central, and Eastern Europe.

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, University of Leeds

Master, University of Sheffield

Master, University of Sussex

External positions

Visiting Lecturer/Moderator in Hungarian Translation on MSc Scientific, Technical, and Medical Translation with Translation Technology, Imperial College London

20022012

Lecturer in Russian and English Studies, University of Szeged

19851991

Lecturer in Russian and English/Slavonic Librarian, University of Szeged

19831985

Graduate Trainee/Assistant Scientific Officer, The British Library

19801982

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Aztecs Arts & Humanities
Volcano Arts & Humanities
Civilization Arts & Humanities
Mexico Arts & Humanities
Atonement Arts & Humanities
Debt Arts & Humanities
Ethnographic Arts & Humanities
Consciousness Arts & Humanities

Research Output 1985 2020

In Ballast to the White Sea: The Springboard for Russian Influences on Malcolm Lowry’s Visionary Intellect

Foxcroft, N. 1 Jan 2020 (Accepted/In press) Remaking the Voyage: New Essays on Malcolm Lowry and ‘In Ballast to the White Sea’. Helen, T. & Biggs, B. (eds.). Liverpool, p. 0-0

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Ballast
Intellect
Communism
Revolution
Russia

Souls and Shamans: The Kaleidoscopic Vision of Malcolm Lowry

Foxcroft, N. 1 Jan 2019 (Accepted/In press) Lanham, MD, USA.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored

En la vorágine de la imaginación romántica de Malcolm Lowry: La expiación de La Mordida’

Foxcroft, N. 1 Jan 2018 Sobre Lowry. Hurpin, D. (ed.). Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Literary Influences
Atonement
Debt
Anglo-American
Redemption

In the Maelstrom of Malcolm Lowry’s Romantic Imagination: The Atonement of La Mordida

Foxcroft, N. 1 Jan 2018 Sobre Lowry. Hurpin, D. (ed.). Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Literary Influences
Obligation
Mexico
Atonement
Anglo-American

The Rational versus the Irrational: Historical Conflict in Alexander Pushkin's Boris Godunov and Mednyi Vsadnik

Foxcroft, N. 1 Jan 2018 (Accepted/In press) 39

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Horsemen
Bronze
Peter the Great
History
Guilt