Dr. Peter Lawson

Paper Title: ‘Messianism and British-Jewish Utopia’

Peter Lawson is an Associate Lecturer and Research Affiliate in the English Department of The Open University. He is also a member of the Postcolonial Literatures Research Group. Peter has published widely on British Jewish literature, and in particular poetry. His books include Passionate Renewal: Jewish Poetry in Britain since 1945 (2001) and Anglo-Jewish Poetry from Isaac Rosenberg to Elaine Feinstein (2006). The former was awarded a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation. He has also published a collection of poetry, Senseless Hours (2009).Most recently, Peter has written on Rudyard Kipling’s utopian/dystopian science fiction (The Kipling Journal, 2015). His article on utopia/dystopia in British Jewish literature is due to appear in the Yearbook for European-Jewish Literature Studies (2016).