A Czech-American from the High Midwest, William Blazek completed his undergraduate study in Minnesota and then conducted postgraduate research in Anglo-American literature at the University of Aberdeen and the University of East Anglia. He taught at the University of New Orleans, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Glasgow before coming to Liverpool Hope University in 1991. His teaching at Liverpool Hope includes the nineteenth-century literature course American Classics and the final-year core-course Modernism, as well as the MA modules Literary Theory and Criticism, The Literature of the First World War, and American Modernism. He serves as the Department of English research coordinator.
A member of the executive board of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society, he is also a founding co-editor of The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review (2002-present) and co-editor of the essay collections American Mythologies (with Michael K. Glenday, Liverpool UP 2005) and Twenty-First-Century Readings of ‘Tender Is the Night’ (with Laura Rattray, Liverpool UP 2007). His research interests include American literature since 1800, Anglo-American modernism, war literature, and Native American writing. His recent and forthcoming publications include essays and articles on the work of Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Edith Wharton, and he is writing a monograph on the themes of work, love, and war in Fitzgerald and Wharton’s fiction. As a Director of Studies for PhD students, he has supervised research on F. Scott Fitzgerald, Saul Bellow, and other twentieth-century authors, as well as war literature and the WWII photography of Lee Miller. He would be especially interested in supervising postgraduate research on American literature and culture, First World War literature, and modernism.