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Tony Pinkney

Tony Pinkney

Senior Lecturer

County College
Lancaster University
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 592226

Research interests include William Morris and utopianism, and some aspects of modernist literature (T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence), and he would be happy to supervise postgraduate work in these areas.

Research Interests

Tony Pinkney was educated at the universities of Bristol and Warwick, and at Wadham College, Oxford. He was a leading member of Oxford English Limited (OEL) and edited its journal News from Nowhere: Journal of the Oxford English Faculty Opposition (1986-1991).

Before moving to Lancaster he taught at Nottingham Polytechnic, and he has since been Visiting Professor at the University of Notre Dame.

He is currently working on a book on Morris's News from Nowhere and the theoretical problems of interpreting utopian fiction.

He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of William Morris Studies, and between 1999 and 2003 he was a member of the Green Party group on Lancaster City Council.

He runs a well-known blog on William Morris and utopianism at

"Morning Chats with William Morris," by R. Ponsonby Staples, is available as a Word download from Tony's section of our staff publications page, at:


Ruskin, Morris and the terraforming of Mars

Pinkney, T. 02/2013 Persistent Ruskin: studies in influence, assimilation and effect. Hanley, K. & Maidment, B. (eds.). Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, p. 171-178 8 p. (The Nineteenth Century Series )

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)


Versions of Ecotopia in News from Nowhere

Pinkney, T. 2010 William Morris in the Twenty-First Century. Bennett, P. & Miles, R. (eds.). Oxford: Peter Lang, p. 93-106 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)


News from Nowhere as Seance Fiction

Pinkney, T. 2009 In: Journal of William Morris Society. XVIII, 3, p. 29-47 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


News from nowhere, modernism, postmodernism

Pinkney, T. 2008 In: Canadian Aesthetics Journal = Revue Canadienne d'Esthétique. 15

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


William Morris in Oxford: The Campaigning Years, 1879-1895.

Pinkney, T. A. 2007 Illuminati Press. 192 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook


Kinetic Utopias: H. G. Wells's A Modern Utopia and William Morris's News from Nowhere.

Pinkney, T. A. 1/01/2005 In: Journal of William Morris Society. 16, 2, p. 49-55 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

We Met Morris: Interviews with William Morris, 1879-95.

Pinkney, T. A. 2005 Spire Books. 133 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook


Eliot as Critic and Teaching The Waste Land.

Pinkney, T. A. & Taylor, G. 1/12/2001 In: Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages Bulletin. 11, 1, p. 61-73 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


Cycling in nowhere.

Pinkney, T. 1999 In: Journal of William Morris Society. 13, 2, p. 28-33 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


Raymond Williams

Pinkney, T. 1991 Seren Books. 144 p. (Border lines (Bridgend, Wales))

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook


D H Lawrence

Pinkney, T. 1990 New York: Harvester Wheatsheaf. 180 p. (Harvester new readings)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook


The Politics of Modernism: against the new conformists

Pinkney, T. (ed.) & Williams, R. 1989 Verso. 208 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook


Women in the Poetry of T. S. Eliot: A Psychoanalytic Approach

Pinkney, T. 1984 London & Basingstoke: Macmillan. 156 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

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