Edward James (historian)

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Edward James was born in 1947.[1] He is Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at University College, Dublin. He received a BA (Oxon) 1968; DPhil (Oxon) in 1975.

He was a Lecturer, then College Lecturer, at the Department of Medieval History, University College Dublin from 1970 to 1978. He was a Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer in early medieval history at the Department of History, University of York, 1978 to 1995, as well as Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York from 1990-1995.

He was Professor of Medieval History at the University of Reading from 1995 to 2004 and was a Director of the Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, 1999-2001.

He has researched Late Roman and early medieval history; the history of the barbarians, particularly of the Franks; the writings of Gregory of Tours (whom he has also translated); and the history of science fiction, fantasy, and utopian literature. He was Professor of Medieval History, in the School of History, University College Dublin, from 2004 until his retirement in 2012.

He is also a noted academic writer on science fiction and fantasy, and was the editor of Foundation - The International Review of Science Fiction from 1986 to 2001.[2] He won the Eaton Award for best critical work on science fiction for Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century (1994). The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (Cambridge University Press, 2003; ISBN 0-521-81626-2), which he edited with Farah Mendlesohn, won the 2005 Hugo Award for Best Related Book.[3] A companion volume, The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature, also edited with Mendlesohn (Cambridge University Press, 2012; ISBN 9780521429597), collects chapters by Brian Attebery, Gregory Frost, Alexander C. Irvine, Paul Kincaid, Adam Roberts, Gary K. Wolfe, and others. (This second volume earned a protest, for its lack of coverage of epic fantasy, by fantasy author Steven Erikson in the May, 2012 issue of The New York Review of Science Fiction.)

James is a regular attendee at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, held each spring in Florida.

Selected works[edit]

  • Visigothic Spain: New Approaches. Edited by Edward James. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1980. (ISBN 0-198-22543-1)
  • The Origins of France: From Clovis to the Capetians, 500-1000. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1982. (ISBN 0-312-58862-3)
  • The Franks. Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 1988. (ISBN 0-631-14872-8)
  • The Profession of Science Fiction: SF writers on their Craft and Ideas. Edited by Maxim Jakubowski and Edward James; foreword by Arthur C. Clarke. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1992. (ISBN 0-312-08047-6)
  • Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994. (ISBN 0-192-19263-9)
  • The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction. Edited by Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2003. (ISBN 0-521-81626-2)
  • Britain in the First Millennium. London: Oxford University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-340-58688-5)
  • Europe's Barbarians, AD 200-600. Harlow, England: Pearson Longman, 2009. (ISBN 0-582-77296-6)
  • A Short History of Fantasy, by Farah Mendlesohn and Edward James. London: Middlesex University Press, 2009. (ISBN 1-904-75068-0)
  • The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature. Edited by Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2012. (ISBN 0-521-42959-5)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "James, Edward, 1947-". Library of Congress Authorities. Retrieved August 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ "James, Edward" in "Notes on Advisers and Contributors", St. James Guide To Fantasy Writers, ed. David Pringle, St. James Press, 1996, ISBN 1-55862-205-5, (pp 709-711).
  3. ^ Hugo Awards Site:Hugo History:2005 Hugo Awards

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