Research and Publications


I write and teach in the following areas:  post-1945 British literature, with emphasis on the Thatcher years; print culture, with my focus at the moment being on the status and function of screenplays as print texts; and the life and work of Malcolm Lowry.




  • Visual Texts: The Screenplay in Print Culture. Forthcoming from Manchester University Press.
  • Malcolm Lowry’s Poetics of Space. Ed. and Introduction by Richard J. Lane and Miguel Mota. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2016.
  • The 1940 Under the Volcano: A Critical Edition. By Malcolm Lowry. Ed. and Introduction by Miguel Mota and Paul Tiessen. Explanatory Notes by Chris Ackerley and David Large. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2015. General Editor: Miguel Mota.
  • In Ballast to the White Sea: A Critical Edition. By Malcolm Lowry. Ed. Patrick A. McCarthy. Annotations by Chris Ackerley. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2014. General Editor: Miguel Mota
  • Swinging the Maelstrom: A Critical Edition. By Malcolm Lowry. Ed. Vik Doyen. Introduction by Vik Doyen and Miguel Mota. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2013. Explanatory Notes by Chris Ackerley. General Editor: Miguel Mota
  • The Cinema of Malcolm Lowry:  A Scholarly Edition of Lowry’s Tender Is the Night. Vancouver:  UBC Press, 1992.  Ed. and Introduction by Miguel Mota and Paul Tiessen.
  • The Road to Victory: Radio Plays of Gerald Noxon. Kingston, Toronto: Quarry Press/University of Toronto Press, 1989.  With P. Tiessen.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

  • “Malcolm Lowry’s ‘Lost’ Novel: From Paris Stories to Canadian Ashes to Archival Return.” In Translocated Modernisms. Ed. Marta Dvorak, Dean Irvine and Emily Ballantyne. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press. With P. Tiessen. Forthcoming, 2016.
  • “Greenaway’s Books: Peter Greenaway’s Published Screenplays.”  Journal of Screenwriting 2.2 (Spring 2011): 227-246.
  • “Un horizon culturel: la Bible, l’esoterisme, la litterature.” Pour Lowry. MEET Collective. Paris: Recontres de Fontevraud, 2010. 51-68. With P. Thiellement.
  • “Film/Television Adaptation and Fiction.” Blackwell Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction. Gen. ed. Brian W. Shaffer. Vol. 3: World Fiction. Ed. John Clement Ball.  Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
  • “Boys Will Be Hooligans: History and Masculine Communities in John King’s England Away.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 50.1 (Spring 2009): 261-274.
  • “Mike Leigh’s High Hopes: Troubling Home in Thatcher’s Britain.” Film Criticism 32.3 (Spring 2008): 24-40.
  • Derek Jarman’s Caravaggio: The Screenplay as Book.” Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts 47.2 (Spring 2005): 177-213.
  • “What’s in a Name? The Case of” Twentieth Century Literature 50.2 (Summer 2004): 192-206.
  • “Malcolm Lowry.” Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. Ed. W.H. New. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002.
  • “‘We simply made one up’: The Hybrid Text of ‘Tender Is the Night’.” In A Darkness That Murmured: Essays on Malcolm Lowry. Ed. F. Asals and P. Tiessen. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001. 128-138.
  • “The Tyranny of Words: Malcolm Lowry’s Tender Is the Night.” Canadian Literature 154 (Autumn 1997): 10-26.
  • “Authoring Lowry: The Role of the Paratext in the Fiction of Malcolm Lowry.” English Studies in Canada 22.4 (1996): 413-424.
  • “‘It looked perfect to my purpose’: William Carlos Williams’ Contact with the Spanish.” Journal of Modern Literature 18.4 (1995): 447-459.

Other Works:

  • After Lowry. Film documentary on DVD. Writer and Director. 2010.
  • Doing the Malcolm Lowry Walk. Soundscape Installation. Cates Park, Dollarton, North Vancouver. July, 2009.