Dr Ian McGuire
Senior Lecturer and former Co-Director of the Centre
Ian McGuire joined The University of Manchester since 1996, initially as a lecturer in American Literature and later as a lecturer in Creative Writing. Now a senior lecturer, Ian was formerly Co-Director of the Centre for New Writing with John McAuliffe.
Having completed his MA at the University of Sussex he received his PhD from the University of Virginia, where he specialised in nineteenth-century American Literature. He has written and published on Whitman, Melville and Howells, and is particularly interested in the American realist tradition from the 1880s to the present day.
His first novel - the contemporary campus novel Incredible Bodies - was published by Bloomsbury in March 2006, and was described as "hugely entertaining" and "a 21st century Lucky Jim" by The Times. The Sunday Times found it "very funny and disconcertingly sad", while John Mullan in The New Statesman noted that Incredible Bodies - a "refreshingly low-minded campus novel" - was evidence that the genre had plenty of misanthropic life in it.
More information about both author and novel is available on the Bloomsbury website. Dr McGuire has also published short stories in The Paris Review, The Chicago Review and elsewhere.
His critical interests focus primarily on the varieties of American realist fiction and his critical project on the American novelist and short story writer Richard Ford resulted in the biography Richard Ford and the Ends of Realism (University of Iowa Press, 2015).
Ian's second novel, The North Water (Scribner UK, 2016) was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016.
He supervises PhD students in creative writing and/or American literature.