Dr Ashley Chantler

Senior Lecturer in English Literature; Programme Leader, MA Creative Writing: Writing and Publishing Fiction


BA, MA, PhD, PGC Learning and Teaching (HE), FHEA


Ashley is Senior Lecturer in English and Programme Leader of the Department's MA in Creative Writing.

He is the editor of the Ford Madox Ford Society Newsletter, and co-editor of Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine. He is on the Editorial Board of the Cowper and Newton Journal and Short Fiction in Theory and Practice.

In 2012, he organised the major international conference ‘Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End: Modernism and the First World War’.

Ashley is the founder of the Department's Creative Writing Blog, the National Flash Fiction Youth Competition, and the  Professor Glyn Turton Lecture series.


Ashley specialises in twentieth-century literature and creative writing. Modules he teaches or lectures on include:

  • Contemporary Literature
  • Varieties of Fiction
  • Flash Fiction
  • Varieties of Writing
  • Modernism and After
  • A Day in the Life

On the MA Creative Writing: Writing and Publishing Fiction and MA Modern and Contemporary Fiction, he teaches on:

  • Writing Short Fiction for Publication
  • Writing Novels for Publication
  • Research Methods
  • The Writing Project
  • Shorter Fiction
  • Getting Published
  • Dissertation

Postgraduate supervision:

He welcomes enquiries about research projects on:

  • William Cowper
  • Joseph Conrad
  • Ford Madox Ford
  • Modernism
  • Early twentieth-century literature
  • The short-short story.

Also creative writing projects, especially:

  • Poetry
  • Short-short stories
  • Short stories
  • Travel writing

Published work

Ashley is currently working on Ford Madox Ford’s poetry, Evelyn Waugh’s The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold, and two co-edited essay collections: Ford Madox Ford: An Introduction and War and the Mind: Ford Madox Ford, Parade’s End, and Psychology.

He is the Series Editor of Character Studies (Continuum). Books in the series include studies of Hamlet, Othello, Twelfth Night, Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights, Heart of Darkness, Waiting for Godot, and Beloved.


Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End, ed. with Rob Hawkes (Rodopi, 2014).

Literature and Authenticity, 1780-1900: Essays in Honour of Vincent Newey, ed. with Michael Davies and Philip Shaw (Ashgate, 2011).

Studying English Literature, ed. with David Higgins (Continuum, 2010).

Translation Practices: Through Language to Culture, ed. with Carla Dente (Rodopi, 2009).

‘Heart of Darkness': Character Studies (Continuum, 2008).

The Alternative A-Z of English Literature, ed. with Terry Claridge (Alternative Press, 2008; 2013).

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Literature & Authenticity book cover

Recent essays and articles

  • ‘“In This Dead-Dawning Century”: Ford Madox Ford’s Edwardian Poetry’, in The Edwardian Ford Madox Ford, ed. Laura Colombino and Max Saunders (Rodopi, 2013)
  • ‘Robert Lowell on Ford Madox Ford’, in Ford Madox Ford and America, ed. Sara Haslam and Seamus O’Malley (Rodopi, 2012)
  • ‘Ford Madox Ford and the Troubadours’, in Ford Madox Ford, France and Provence, ed. Dominique Lemarchal and Claire Davison-Pégon (Rodopi, 2011)
  • ‘Editing Ford Madox Ford’s Poetry’, in Ford Madox Ford, Modernist Magazines and Editing, ed. Jason Harding (Rodopi, 2010)
  • ‘Literature 1901-1945', in Studying English Literature, ed. with David Higgins (Continuum, 2010)
  • ‘Image-Music-Text: Ford and the Impressionist Lyric', in Ford Madox Ford and Visual Media, ed. Laura Colombino (Rodopi, 2009)
  • ‘The Film of Harold Pinter's The Caretaker', in Textual Revisions: Readings in Literature and Film, ed. Brian Baker (Chester Academic Press, 2009)
  • ‘Notes Towards the Definition of the Short-Short Story', in The Short Story, ed. Ailsa Cox (Cambridge Scholars, 2009)
  • ‘"Paring His Fingernails"? The Textual Editor as Translator', in Translation Practices: Through Language to Culture, ed. with Carla Dente (Rodopi, 2009)
  • ‘Creating an Editorial Procedure for Non-Canonical Texts', in Textual Variations: The Impact of Textual Studies on Literary Studies, ed. Rebecca Styler and Joseph Pridmore (University of Leicester Press, 2006)
  • ‘Ford's Pre-War Poetry and the "Rotting City"', in Ford Madox Ford and the City, ed. Sara Haslam (Rodopi, 2005)
  • ‘Angelic Metamorphoses: Metaphysics in Eastern Europe', in Proteus: The Language of Metamorphoses, ed. Carla Dente, George Ferzoco, Miriam Gill and Marina Spunta (Ashgate, 2005)

Reviews in the Byron Journal

  • ‘Mary Shelley, The Original Frankenstein. Edited by Charles E. Robinson; Frankenstein. By Audrey A. Fisch', Byron Journal, Byron Journal, 38.2 (2010).
  • Alternative Romanticisms: Proceedings of the Grimma Conference 2001. Edited by Werner Huber and marie-Luise Egbert', Byron Journal, 36.1 (2008).
  •  ‘Romantic Metropolis: The Urban Scene of British Culture, 1780-1840. Edited by James Chandler and Kevin Gilmartin; Georgic Modernity and British Romanticism: Poetry and the Mediation of History. By Kevis Goodman', Byron Journal, 34.2 (2006).
  • The Cambridge Companion to Byron. Edited by Drummond Bone', Byron Journal, 34.1 (2006).
  • ‘English Romanticism and the Celtic World. Edited by Gerard Carruthers and Alan Rawes', Byron Journal, 32.1 (2004).
  • Byron: The Erotic Liberal. By Jonathan David Gross; Mapping Male Sexuality: Nineteenth-Century England. Edited by Jay Losey and William D. Brewer', Byron Journal, 30 (2002).
  • Women's Gothic: From Clara Reeve to Mary Shelley. By E. J. Clery; Mary Wollstonecraft. By Jane Moore; Mary Shelley. By Miranda Seymour; Mary Shelley: A Literary Life. By John Williams; Mary Shelley in Her Times. Edited by Betty T. Bennett and Stuart Curran', Byron Journal, 29 (2001).
  • Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley: An Introduction. By Betty T. Bennett', Byron Journal, 28 (2000).

Online bibliographies

Creative writing

Ashley’s flash fiction and poetry have been published in various periodicals, including Anon, Day by Day, Eclipse, First Offense, London Magazine, Orbis, Poetry Monthly, Rain Dog, Red Ink, Shadow Train, and Vigil. His poetry collection, In Praise of Paving, appeared in 2003 and his illustrated poem for children, Nana and Grape, in 2004. His next poetry collection is provisionally titled Love

His novella, He Is the Fire, was published in 2013.

For Chester Academic Press, Ashley has edited: Prize Flights (2004), Life Lines (2005) and An Anatomy of Chester (2007).

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