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Philip completed an MA at Victoria University of Wellington and a PhD at Duke University. He taught for one year at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, before returning to New Zealand in 2010 to join Massey's School of English and Media Studies at the Palmerston North campus. He and his wife have four children and an overgrown garden.
Philip's research focuses on the literature and culture settler colonialism, especially in New Zealand and Australia in the nineteenth century. He is author of Settler Colonialism in Victorian Literature: Economics and Politica Identity in the Networks of Empire (Cambridge UP, 2020), and co-editor with Nathan K. Hensley of Ecological Form: System and Aesthetics in the Age of Empire (Fordham UP, 2018). His essays have also been published in Victorian Studies, Victorian Literature and Culture, and A History of New Zealand Literature, ed. Mark Williams (Cambridge UP, 2016). He was awarded a Marden Fund Fast-Start Grant in 2011.
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Field of research codes
Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) (200502): British and Irish Literature (200503):
History and Philosophy of Specific Fields (220200): History and Philosophy of the Humanities (220207):
Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Literary Studies (200500): New Zealand Literature (excl. Maori Literature) (200505):
Philosophy And Religious Studies (220000)
Victorian literature and culture; New Zealand literature and culture; the novel; settler colonialism; ecocriticism.
Project Title: Realism, romance, and the settler colony: Literary form, imperial territory and political economy, 1829-1915
Date Range: 2012 - 2015
Funding Body: Marsden Fund - Fast Start