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Dr Philip Steer

Senior Lecturer

School of English and Media Studies

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.

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: +64 6 951 7498
    Location: 4.54, Sir Geoffrey Peren Building
    Campus: Turitea

Qualifications

  • - Duke University (2009)
  • - Victoria University of Wellington (2004)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Philip has published a variety of essays on the relationship between literary form and cultural politics in New Zealand and Britain's nineteenth-century settler empire. In 2011 he was awarded a Marden Fast-Start Grant for a book project exploring the transnational and transcolonial linkages between New Zealand, Britain and Australia in the nineteenth century, provisionally titled Borders of Britishness: Settler Colonialism, Literary Form, and Greater Britain, 1829-1915.

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
British and Irish Literature (200503): Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Literary Studies (200500): New Zealand Literature (excl. Maori Literature) (200505)

Keywords

Victorian literature; New Zealand literature; the novel; settler colonialism; nineteenth century transnational literature and culture.

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 5

Completed Projects

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

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Journal

Steer, PMC. (2017). Reading classic novels in an era of climate change. : The Conversation
[Internet publication]Authored by: Steer, P.
Steer, PMC. (2017). Bottom of the lake: How the setting for a classic book of New Zealand literature became a toxic swamp. : The Spinoff
[Internet publication]Authored by: Steer, P.
Steer, PMC. (2016). Gold and Greater Britain: Jevons, Trollope, and Settler Colonialism. Victorian Studies. 58(3), 436-463 Retrieved from https://muse.jhu.edu/article/633459
[Journal article]Authored by: Steer, P.
Steer, PMC. (2015). The romance of uneven development: Geography, capitalism, and Robert Louis Stevenson’s globalized pacific. Victorian Literature and Culture. 43(2), 343-356
[Journal article]Authored by: Steer, P.
Steer, PM. (2012). Figures from the Past: Sargeson’s Lonely Men and the Limits of Nationalism. Journal of New Zealand Studies. 13, 34-45
[Journal article]Authored by: Steer, P.
Steer, PMC. (2015). Invited review of Lawrence Phillips, "The South Pacific Narratives of Robert Louis Stevenson and Jack London" (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2012).. Novel: A Forum on Fiction. 48(1), 162-165
[Book Review]Authored by: Steer, P.
Steer, PMC. (2015). Invited review of Helen Lucy Blythe, "The Victorian Colonial Romance with the Antipodes" (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).. Journal of New Zealand Studies. , 112-115
[Book Review]Authored by: Steer, P.
Steer, PM. (2011). Forms of Settlement: Colonial Space, Time and Genre from Adventure in New Zealand to The Fossil Pits. Journal of New Zealand Literature. 28(2), 58-81
[Journal article]Authored by: Steer, P.
Steer, P. (2009). Greater Britain and the imperial outpost: The Australasian origins of The Riddle of the Sands (1903). Victorian Review: an interdisciplinary journal of victorian studies. 35(1), 79-95
[Journal article]Authored by: Steer, P.
Steer, P. (2008). National pasts and imperial futures: Temporality, economics and empire in William Morris's News from Nowhere (1890) and Julius Vogel's Anno Domini 2000 (1889). Utopian Studies. 19(1), 49-72
[Journal article]Authored by: Steer, P.
Steer, P. (2007). History (never) repeats: Pakeha identity, novels and the New Zealand wars. Journal of New Zealand Literature. 25, 114-137
[Journal article]Authored by: Steer, P.

Book

Steer, PMC. (2017). On systematic colonization and the culture of settler colonialism: Edward Gibbon Wakefield’s a letter from Sydney (1829). In D. Felluga (Ed.) BRANCH: Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History. (pp. 1 - 22). online: Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net
[Chapter]Authored by: Steer, P.
Steer, PMC. (2016). Colonial Ecologies: Guthrie-Smith’s Tutira and Writing the Settled Environment. In M. Williams (Ed.) A History of New Zealand Literature. (pp. 85 - 97). New York: Cambridge University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Steer, P.
Steer, PMC. (2016). Colonial Gothic. In R. Crane, J. Stafford, & M. Williams (Eds.) The world novel in English to 1950. (pp. 253 - 267). Oxford, England: Oxford University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Steer, P.
Steer, PMC. (2014). Antipodal home economics: International debt and settler domesticity in Clara Cheesemans a rolling stone. In TS. Wagner (Ed.) Domestic Fiction in Colonial Australia and New Zealand. (pp. 145 - 160). London, England: Pickering & Chatto
[Chapter]Authored by: Steer, P.

Conference

Steer, PMC. (2016, November). Colonial Bildung and Metropolitan Sociality: The Mark System, Urania Cottage, and Great Expectations. Presented at North American Victorian Studies Assocaition [NAVSA] 2016. Phoenix, AZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Steer, P.
Steer, PMC., & Hensley, N. (2016, September). Signatures of the Carboniferous: The Literary Forms of Coal. Presented at Vcologies. UC, Davis.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Steer, P.
Steer, PMC. (2015, July). Ecology and Epic in the Settler Colony. Presented at North American Victorian Studies Association. Honolulu, Hawai'i.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Steer, P.

Other

Steer, PMC. (2016, August). Speculative Utopianism: Colonial Debt, Futurity, and Greater Britain. In 3.School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies, Victoria University of Wellington.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Steer, P.
Steer, PMC. (2016, November). Speculative Utopianism: Colonial Debt, British Identity, and Victorian Literature. In Department of English, Brandeis University.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Steer, P.
Steer, PMC. (2016, November). Narrating Space and Time in the Victorian Novel: North and South and Tess of the D’Urbervilles. In Department of English, Georgetown University.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Steer, P.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

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