I have published four novels (Blue Fruit (1987), The Burnt House (1989), The Snail (1991) and Sing the Body Electric (1993)), short stories (my story "Voyage was included in Best British Short Stories 2013 (Salt)) and non-fiction (including Democracy in Britain: A Reader (1994) and Masks: Blackness, Race and the Imagination (1998)). I have taught at Royal Holloway College and the University of Westminster, and as part of the Arts Council's "Writers in Prisons" project. My PhD, "Mediation and Dynamics in the Experience of Narrative Fiction", proposes a new theory of narrative fiction from the perspective of contemporary cognitive science and philosophy of mind. In addition to this writing and teaching, I have worked in the past as a Producer of TV and radio documentaries, and am a regular reviewer of contemporary fiction in the national press.
Learning & Teaching Interests
I teach the following modules:
Programme Leader on the MA Novel-Writing
Techniques of Fiction
Independent Projects on the BA Creative Writing and Journalism
Research Outputs & Interests
I am currently working on a collection of interlinked short stories.
My academic research is concerned with the implications of contemporary ideas of embodied and distributed cognition for the study of literature and aesthetics, with a special focus on the modernist period.
Journal Articles/Book Chapters:
"Joint Attention, Semiotic Mediation and Literary Narrative" Poetics Today 37/4 (2016) (forthcoming – accepted for publication)
"Directionality and Duration in Distributed Consciousness: Modernist Perspectives on Photographic Objectivity" in Miranda Anderson et al (eds.), A History of Distributed Cognition (invited book chapter – currently under review)
"Closure, Observation and Coupling: Narrative and Autopoiesis" in Richard Walsh and Susan Stepney (eds.) Narrating Complexity (Springer) (invited book chapter –currently under review)
"Continuity and Radicalism in American Black Nationalist Thought, 1919-33" Journal of American Studies 18/2 (1984) 207-35
Recognition and Astonishment: Mediation and Dynamics in the Experience of Narrative Fiction (In preparation)
Masks: Blackness, Race and the Imagination (Chatto & Windus/Vintage/Oxford University Press (USA), 1998)
Democracy in Britain: A Reader (Blackwell, 1994). (Co-author: Jack Lively)
The Great British Democracy Swindle (Chatto & Windus ("Counterblast" pamphlet), 1990)
Sing the Body Electric (Chatto & Windus/Vintage, 1993)
The Snail (Hutchinson/Vintage, 1991)
The Burnt House (Hutchinson/Vintage, 1989)
Blue Fruit (Simon & Schuster/Sceptre/Vintage, 1987)
I have also published short stories in anthologies and journals, including "Voyage" in Best British Short Stories 2013 (Salt) and Stand Volume 11(1) (2012).
Also, I have delivered papers at a number of international academic conferences and symposia, including Cognitive Futures in the Humanities (Bangor and Durham), European Narratology Network (Paris), History of Distributed Cognition (University of Edinburgh), Narrating Complexity (York), 100 Myles: International Flann O'Brien Centenary Conference (Vienna) and Joycean Literatures (University of London School of Advanced Studies).
Lively, Adam (2017) Directionality and Duration in Distributed Consciousness: Modernist Perspectives on Photographic Objectivity. In: A History of Distributed Cognition. Edinburgh University Press. (Accepted/In press)
Lively, Adam (2016) Joint attention, semiotic mediation and literary narrative. Poetics Today: International Journal for Theory and Analysis of Literature and Communication, 37 (4). pp. 517-538. ISSN 0333-5372
Funded Research & Knowledge Exchange Projects
Engagement & Impact
In 2015 I conducted a study-day for the general public at Morley College titled "Narrative: A World of Story". In 2016 I am giving a series of classes at the British Library in association with their exhibition on Lewis Carroll's Alice books. In 2012 I gave a series lectures and seminars on contemporary British fiction for the Oxford Russia Fund at the Karelian State Pedagogical Academy, Petrozavodsk and Herzen State Pedagogical University,St Petersburg. I have also given talks at the Edinburgh and Cheltenham literary festivals, and been a contributor to programmes on BBC Radio 3 and 4, and the BBC World Service.