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Neil Sammells

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Personal Statement

Neil Sammells is Deputy Vice Chancellor (Provost) and Professor of English and Irish Literature, with cross-institutional responsibility for research, learning and teaching, quality assurance, curriculum development, marketing and communications. Formerly Dean of Humanities and Head of English at BSU, he has research interests in modern drama and Irish writing, with a particular interest in Oscar Wilde. He is the author of 'Tom Stoppard: the Artist as Critic' (Macmillan, 1988) and 'Wilde Style: The Plays and Prose of Oscar Wilde' (Longman, 2000). He is also the co-editor (with Paul Hyland) of books on Irish writing and writing and censorship and is founding editor of 'Irish Studies Review'.

Professor Sammells was a member of the executive council of the British Association for Irish Studies for many years and, in 2000, was convenor of the annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures. In addition to his scholarly publications, Professor Sammells is an experienced broadcaster who has appeared on a number of radio arts programmes such as Nightwaves, Kaleidoscope and In Our Time. He has been an institutional auditor for the Quality Assurance Agency and a member of the Higher Education Academy's Advisory Panel for the award of National Teaching Fellowships.

Academic qualifications

  • BA(Hons) Oxford
  • PhD London

Recent professional updating

  • Leadership Foundation for HE, Top Management Programme
  • Entrepreneurial Universities Leaders Programme

Professional memberships

  • Member British Association for Irish Studies
  • Member International Association for Study Of Irish Literatures

External Examiners

  • University College Worcester, 1994-1997
  • Liverpool Hope University College, 1995-1998
  • Lancaster University (PhD), 2003
  • Charles University Prague (PhD), 2004
  • Oxford University (PhD), 2009

Other External Roles

  • QAA institutional Auditor (Universities of Exeter, Warwick, Leicester, De Montfort)
  • Member Editorial Advisory Board of Irish Theatre Journal
  • Member Hefce RAE2008 Data Collection Steering Group
  • Member of Executive Council of British Association for Irish Studies
  • Member of BAIS National Postgraduate Awards Committee
  • General Editor of Longman's interdisciplinary series Crosscurrents
  • Convenor of 2000 Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures
  • Chapter Editor, 'Oscar Wilde and the 1890s', Annotated Bibliography of English Studies, Swets and Zeitlinger, 2000-
  • Member SCOP Research Group
  • Member HERDA-SW Learning and Teaching, and Research Special Interest Groups
  • Member Triennial Academic Review Panel, Southampton Institute, 2005
  • Member Academic Review Panel, University College London, 2007 -
  • External Validator, Staffordshire University, 2007
  • External Validator, National University of Ireland, 2014
  • Member National Advisory Panel, HEA National Teaching Fellowship Award Scheme, Individual strand, 2008 - 2013
  • Member HE Strategy Board, Holburne of Menstrie Museum ( Chair from 2014 ), 2009 -
  • Member Bath and North East Somerset Public Services Board, 2014 -
  • University Rep on West of England Local Enterprise Partnership 2014 -

Teaching Specialism

  • 19th and Twentieth Century English and Irish Literature and Drama; specifically Tom Stoppard, Oscar Wilde

Current Scholarship

  • Be Cool: Wilde and Dandyism form Baudelaire to Bowie (monograph)
  • co-editorship (with Paul Hyland of BSUC) of Irish Studies Review (since 1992)

Research and academic outputs

Go to ResearchSPAce

Beyond borders : IASIL essays in modern Irish writing
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Sammells, N (2004) Beyond borders : IASIL essays in modern Irish writing. Sulis, Bath. ISBN 9780954564810


Wilde style: the plays and prose of Oscar Wilde
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Sammells, N (2000) Wilde style: the plays and prose of Oscar Wilde. Longman, Harlow. ISBN 9780582357600


Irish encounters: poetry, politics and prose since 1880
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Marshall, A and Sammells, N (1998) Irish encounters: poetry, politics and prose since 1880. Sulis, Bath. ISBN 9780952685647


Writing the environment: ecocriticism and literature
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Kerridge, R and Sammells, N (1998) Writing the environment: ecocriticism and literature. Zed Books, London. ISBN 9781856494304


Reviewing Ireland: essays and interviews from Irish Studies Review
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Hyland, P, Briggs, S and Sammells, N (1998) Reviewing Ireland: essays and interviews from Irish Studies Review. Sulis, Bath. ISBN 9780952685661


Writing and America
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Cologne-Brookes, G, Sammells, N and Timms, D (1996) Writing and America. Crosscurrents . Addison-Wesley-Longman, London. ISBN 0582214173


Writing and censorship in Britain
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Hyland, P and Sammells, N (1992) Writing and censorship in Britain. Routledge, London. ISBN 9780415073325


Irish writing: exile and subversion
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Hyland, P and Sammells, N (1991) Irish writing: exile and subversion. Palgrave Macmillan, London. ISBN 9780333525425


Tom Stoppard: the artist as critic
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Sammells, N (1988) Tom Stoppard: the artist as critic. Palgrave Macmillan, London. ISBN 9780312005344


The Irish Wilde
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Sammells, N (2008) 'The Irish Wilde.' In: Smith, P, ed. Approaches to teaching the works of Oscar Wilde. Modern Language Association of America, New York, N.Y, pp. 35-42. ISBN 9781603290098


Oscar Wilde and the politics of style
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Sammells, N (2004) 'Oscar Wilde and the politics of style.' In: Richards, S, ed. The Cambridge companion to twentieth-century Irish drama. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 109-121. ISBN 9780521008730


The early plays
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Sammells, N (2001) 'The early plays.' In: Kelly, K, ed. The Cambridge companion to Tom Stoppard. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 104-119. ISBN 9780521645928


Oscar Wilde, the fairy tale, and the critics
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Sammells, N (1998) 'Oscar Wilde, the fairy tale, and the critics.' In: Stewart, B, ed. That other world: the supernatural and the fantastic in Irish literature and its contexts, vol. 2. Colin Smythe, Gerrards Cross, pp. 228-39. ISBN 9780861404186


A Little Oscar Wilde: Houston, Texas, 1911
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Sammells, N (2005) 'A Little Oscar Wilde: Houston, Texas, 1911.' Irish Studies Review, 13 (3). pp. 397-401. ISSN 14699303


The line is immaterial: Oscar Wilde and some trends in contemporary Irish studies
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Sammells, N (1999) 'The line is immaterial: Oscar Wilde and some trends in contemporary Irish studies.' Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory, 10 (1). pp. 1-11. ISSN 1043-6928


Pulp fictions: Oscar Wilde and Quentin Tarantino
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Sammells, N (1995) 'Pulp fictions: Oscar Wilde and Quentin Tarantino.' Irish Studies Review, 3 (11). pp. 39-46. ISSN 09670882


Oscar Wilde: be cool
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Sammells, N (2016) Oscar Wilde: be cool. In: Professorial Lecture Series 2016-17, 14 December 2016, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK.


Wilde now
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Sammells, N (2002) Wilde now. In: Oscar Wilde Symposium, 2002, Magdalen College, Oxford.


Wilde and Anglo-American Dandyism
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Sammells, N (2002) Wilde and Anglo-American Dandyism. In: American Conference for Irish Studies, 2002, Marquette University, MI.


Pulp fictions: Oscar Wilde and Quentin Tarantino
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Sammells, N (1998) Pulp fictions: Oscar Wilde and Quentin Tarantino. In: International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, 1998, Barcelona.


Wilde nature
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Sammells, N (1998) Wilde nature. In: American Conference for Irish Studies, 1998, Fordham University, NY.


Current trends in Irish Studies
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Sammells, N (1997) Current trends in Irish Studies. In: International Association for the Study of Irish literatures, 1997, Gothenburg.


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