Gidley, Mick 1941–

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Gidley, Mick 1941–

(Gustavus Mick Gidley)

PERSONAL: Born March 1, 1941, in Southampton, England; son of Gustavus (a lathe worker) and Doris Florence (a shop assistant) Gidley; married Nancy Rebecca Gordon (a teacher), October 17, 1964; children: Ruth Mayen, Benjamin Peter. Ethnicity: "White British." Education: Victoria University of Manchester, B.A., 1963; University of Chicago, M.A., 1966; University of Sussex, D.Phil., 1976.

ADDRESSES: Home—Leeds, England. Office—School of English, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, England; fax: 44-0113-343-4774. E-mail[email protected]

CAREER: Senior English teacher at secondary school in Arochuku, Nigeria, 1963–65; University of Sussex, Brighton, England, research fellow in American studies, 1969–70; University of Exeter, Exeter, England, lecturer, 1971–78, senior lecturer, 1978–93, reader in American studies, 1993–95, head of American and Commonwealth arts, 1978–93, director of Centre for American and Commonwealth arts and Studies, 1984–95; University of Leeds, Leeds, England, professor of American literature, 1995–. University of Washington, Seattle, American Council of Learned Societies fellow, 1976–77; San Diego State University, visiting professor, 1985; Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, fellow, 1991–92; University of Wyoming, William Robertson Coe Distinguished Visiting Professor of American Studies, 2005; lecturer at other institutions, including Graduate Center of the City University of New York and University of Amsterdam. Coordinating Council of Area Studies Associations, member of executive committee, 1995–99. Member of editorial board of periodicals, including European Journal of American Culture, 1995–2003, Journal of American Studies, 1998–, Revue Française d'Études Américaines, 2000–, American Quarterly, 2000–04, and Comparative American Studies, 2002–; "Routledge Guides to Twentieth-Century Literature," member of editorial board of book series, Routledge, 2002–.

MEMBER: International American Studies Association (member of executive committee, 2001–03), European Association for American Studies (British member of board of directors, 1997–2002), European Society for the History of Photography, British Association for American Studies (member of executive committee, 1981–91, 1995–2001).

AWARDS, HONORS: Grants from Leverhulme Trust, British Academy, American Philosophical Society, U.S. Information Service, British Council, Nuffield Foundation, and Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona; Fulbright fellowship.


The Vanishing Race: Selections from E.S. Curtis' "The North American Indian," David & Charles (Newton Abbot, England), 1976, Taplinger (New York, NY), 1977.

With One Sky above Us: Life on an Indian Reservation at the Turn of the Century, Putnam (New York, NY), 1979.

Kopet: A Documentary Narrative of Chief Joseph's Last Years, University of Washington Press (Seattle, WA), 1981.

(Editor, with Robert Lawson-Peebles, and contributor) Views of American Landscape, Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 1989.

(Editor, with Kate Bowles) Locating the Shakers: Cultural Origins and Legacies of an American Religious Movement, University of Exeter Press (Exeter, England), 1990.

(Editor and contributor) Representing Others: White Views of Indigenous Peoples, University of Exeter Press (Exeter, England), 1992.

(Editor) Modern American Culture: An Introduction, Longman (New York, NY), 1993, reprinted with corrections, 1995.

(Editor, with David E. Nye, and contributor) American Photographs in Europe, VU University Press (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 1994.

(Editor, with Robert Lawson-Peebles, and contributor) Modern American Landscapes, VU University Press (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 1995.

Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian, Incorporated, Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 1998.

(Editor) Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian Project in the Field, University of Nebraska Press (Lincoln, NE), 2003.

Author of shorter works, including booklets and exhibition catalogs. Editor of "American Arts Pamphlet Series," University of Exeter, 1971–82; general editor, "Representing American Culture Series," University of Exeter Press, 1996–2000. Contributor to books, including Native Nations: Journeys in American Photography, edited by Jane Alison, Booth-Clibborn Editions (London, England), 1998; Predecessors: Intellectual Lineages in American Studies, edited by Rob Kroes, VU University Press (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 1999; Mirror Writing: (Re)-Constructions of Native American Identity, edited by Thomas Claviez and Maria Moss, Galda & Wilch (Cambridge, MA), 2000; Representing Realities, edited by Beverly Maeder, Narr (Tübingen, Germany), 2004; and The Blackwell Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American South, edited by Richard Gray and Owen Robinson, Blackwell (Oxford, England), 2004. Contributor of articles and reviews to journals in England, Canada, and the United States, including Journal of Popular Culture, Moving Worlds, Talking Stick, English Language Notes, Studies in Visual Communication, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Mississippi Quarterly, Ariel, and Journal of American Studies. British associate editor, European Review of Native American Studies, 1987–97.

SIDELIGHTS: Mick Gidley once wrote: "Borders, edges, perimeters offer opportunities for revitalization by what lies just over the (shifting) other side. Trading takes place across them; new ideas, entities, unities come into being. I am interested in borders and frontiers, both in subject matter (principally Indians) and in method (making ideas meet images, feeling out photography and fiction). After all, in the deepest sense, at the heart of the self—for all of us, not just for writers—the periphery is the place we meet others: in those meetings the marginal becomes central."



University of Leeds Web site: Mick Gidley Home Page, (November 8, 2006).