Dr Dan Bedggood gained a PhD in English from the University of Canterbury, in New Zealand, in 2004, and is now a lecturer and researcher in the English Programme at Canterbury. His teaching includes several fields in contemporary and historical culture and literature, including Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures and Theory, with a particular focus on analysis of Cultural Contact, Globalization and Displacement; Non-fiction Literary Genres; Science Fiction; and Cultural Studies.
He has recently published on postmodern historicism in contemporary British fiction, European writing of exploration in the Pacific, and scientific discourse in travel writing. Dan is currently working on a book entitled Shifting Places: Transnational Writing and Cultural Exchange, a study of texts representing different modes of travel and displacement in the late twentieth-century. His other current research ranges from a focus on The Black Jacobins, CLR James' accounts of the Haitian Revolution; research on recent Palagi publications in the Pacific; looking into the experimental social visions of Iain (M) Banks and Ursula Le Guin's science fiction; and pedagogical research on teaching literature.