About Me

My name is Daniel Davis Wood; I’m a freelance writer and editor, and occasional tutor of students of literature, based in Birmingham, England. In a previous life, I taught literature and history at ArtsEd in London and at the Ecole d’Humanité in Hasliberg Goldern, Switzerland, where I was also the Dean of Academics for the American Program.

I began this blog in 2010, when I was a graduate student, tutor, and lecturer in Literary Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Between 2009 and 2012, I worked on a PhD thesis which examined the jurisprudential legacy of the nineteenth century frontier in American literature and popular culture. A revised version of my thesis was published as Frontier Justice in the Novels of James Fenimore Cooper and Cormac McCarthy in June 2016. Whilst at the University of Melbourne, I also helped to organise an international humanities symposium, co-ordinated a fortnightly reading group, co-edited the academic journal Antithesis, and edited and published a collection of essays on the work of the American writer Edward P. Jones.

My motivations for beginning this blog are best outlined in my first post. Following my relocation to Switzerland in 2012, I sketched out a new direction for this blog. These days, I write literary essays and fiction as well as publishing academic research. In 2014, I published my début novel, Blood and Bone, which won that year’s Viva La Novella Prize in my homeland of Australia, and I’m currently at work on a new novel entitled Winter Fugue.

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Academic History

March 2009-July 2014
Graduate student in Literary Studies (PhD) at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

March 2009-September 2012
Recipient of a Commonwealth-funded Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) scholarship, providing stipendiary income for the duration of studies up to three-and-a-half years.

July-August 2011
Winner of the 2011 Alma Hansen Scholarship, awarded annually to high-achieving graduate students at the University of Melbourne intending to conduct research abroad.

February 2009
Winner of the 2009 Dwight’s Prize for Honours in Literary Studies, awarded annually to
the highest-achieving student in particular Honours subjects at the University of Melbourne.

July 2007-June 2008
Graduated with first-class Honours in Literary Studies at the University of Melbourne.

December 2003-January 2005
Accepted into the International Exchange Student program at Northeastern University,
Boston, for final year of undergraduate studies. Graduated with a 4.0 Grade Point Average.

January 2002-December 2003
Undergraduate student at the University of Sydney, Australia.

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Editorial and Pedagogical Experience

July 2016-Present
Freelance writer and editor.

July 2015-July 2016
Deputy Head of English and teacher of A-Level English at Arts Educational Schools, London.

August 2012-July 2015
Teacher of literature and history at the Ecole d’Humanité, Switzerland, as well as Head of English and Dean of Academics for the American Program.

January 2011-July 2012
Casual lecturer and tutor of second- and third-year undergraduate students in the subject
“American Classics: Nineteenth Century American Literature” at the University of Melbourne.

January 2010-February 2011
Treasurer and coordinator of quarterly skills seminars for the University of Melbourne
School of Culture and Communication Graduate Student Committee.

July 2009-July 2010
Casual lecturer and tutor of second- and third-year undergraduate students in the subject
“American Classics: Nineteenth Century American Literature” at the University of Melbourne.

July 2009-April 2010
President and fundraiser of Antithesis editorial committee. Responsible for soliciting, evaluating, editing, and proofreading all essays, research articles, short stories, and poems submitted to the journal Antithesis, and for coordinating the double-blind refereeing of all research articles.

April 2009-July 2009
President and fundraiser of the University of Melbourne Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Symposium. Responsible for soliciting and evaluating abstracts and papers submitted for presentation at the symposium, and for organising the presentation venue and programme.

January 2009-February 2009
Freelance editor for Routledge Publishers in the Taylor & Francis academic journals division, responsible for writing and editing abstracts for articles published in a range of T&F journals.