Jay Parker completed his PhD at the University of Leeds in 2016. His research explores relations between dialogic narrative in the novel and ideals of conversation in liberalism, staging self-reflexive engagements between political theory and literature to examine how attention to literary form can critique and expand upon political thought. His writing to date has focused on the fiction of Joseph Conrad, whilst his current research focuses on the conversational politics of Quixote re-writings in English since the long eighteenth-century. His interests also include modern and contemporary literature, postcolonial eco-criticism, and liberal political theory. His first book, on liberalism and Conrad’s political novels, is under review.

Jay has won a number of prizes for his research on Joseph Conrad and is fiction editor of the Hong Kong Review of Books.


Courses offered in 2018-2019

ENGL6079       World modernisms




Selected Publications

Nostromo and world-ecology. In Schneider-Rebozo, L. et al. (eds.). Conrad and Nature: Ecology, Environment and Animals in Joseph Conrad’s Writings, Routledge, Forthcoming.

‘He was one of us’: Rortyian liberal ethnocentrism and ironic narrative voice in Joseph Conrad’s Lord JimTextual Practice, 31 (4), 2017: 823­–838.

Rortyian Contingency and Ethnocentrism in ChanceThe Conradian, 39, (1), 2014: 17–35.



Last updated: 6 July 2018