I am a Reader in the Department of English at Manchester Metropolitan University. My research interests include games (analogue and digital), narrative theory, and historiography. I am a general editor, with Andrew Biswell, of The Irwell Edition of the Works of Anthony Burgess (Manchester University Press), and a co-director, with Sam Illingworth, of the Manchester Game Studies Network. I write a monthly column in Tabletop Gaming magazine.
Paul Wake completed his doctorate at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2004. He is a Fellow in Academic Practice.
Paul Wake joined the department as a full-time member of staff in 2005, following a year-long post as a Research Assistant.
Since joining Manchester Metropolitan University I have undertaken a number of roles including: Year One Stage Tutor; Undergraduate Admissions Tutor; Research Degrees Co-ordinator (English); Co-Director of the Humanities Research Centre; and Chair of the University Research Degrees Committee. I am currently the English Pathway Lead for the AHRC's North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership, Co-Director of the Games Research Network, and an External examiner for the School of Cultures, Languages & Area Studies at Nottingham University.
I currently teach Approaches to Narrative (L4), Nineteenth-century Literature to Modernism (L5) and Reading and Writing Games (L6).
I am interested in supervising work on games and gaming, narrative theory, and the twentieth-century novel.
I am currently supervising the following PhDs:
The Mechanics of Decay: Exploring the Ludology of the Gothic.
Literary Representations of the Tudors, the Neoliberal Imagination and English National Identity.
Schizo-Narratives: In-between Experimental American Literature and the French Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze.
Narrative Structure in Crime Cinema.
Anthony Burgess and America.
Corrective Lenses: Reading the Neuro-Turn.
I have been on the supervisory teams of the following completed PhDs:
Creative Writing on Place and Nature, conferred 2016.
The Construction and (Re)negotiation of End-of-Empire National Identity in JRR Tolkien, conferred 2015.
Intertextual Poetics: Modernism and the Poet-Figure in the Work of Anthony Burgess, conferred 2013.
Absolute Risk and the Challenge of Responsibility, conferred 2013.
Narrative and literary theory; Interactive Fiction; Game Studies; Children’s literature; Late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century fiction, especially the works of Joseph Conrad.
A. Burgess, P. Wake (2018). Puma. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
P. Wake, S. Malpas (2013). The Routledge Companion to Cultural and Critical Theory. PF. Wake, S. Malpas. London: Routledge.
P. Wake (2007). Conrad's Marlow : Narrative and Death in 'Youth', Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim and Chance. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
P. Wake, S. Malpas (2006). The Routledge Companion to Critical Theory. PF. Wake, S. Malpas. London: Routledge.
S. Illingworth, P. Wake Developing science tabletop games: Catan and global warming. JCOM : Journal of Science Communication.
P. Wake, S. Illingworth (2018). Games in the Curriculum. Learning and Teaching in Action. 13(1), pp.131-144.
J. Lean, S. Illingworth, P. Wake (2018). Unhappy families: using tabletop games as a technology to understand play in education. Research in Learning Technology. 26(0),
P. Wake (2016). ‘Except in the case of historical fact’: history and the historical novel. Rethinking History. 20(1), pp.80-96.
P. Wake (2016). Life and Death in the Second Person: Identification, Empathy, and Antipathy in the Adventure Gamebook. Narrative. 24(2), pp.190-210.
P. Wake (2011). 'A monster shapeless': equivocation and the treasonous imagination. Textual Practice. 25(5), pp.941-960.
. Paul Wake (2009). Plotting as Subversion: Narrative and the Gunpowder Plot. Journal of Narrative Theory. 38(3), pp.295-316.
P. Wake (2008). Writing from the archive: Henry Garnet’s powder-plot letters and archival communication. Archival Science. 8(2), pp.69-84.
. Paul Wake (2008). Waiting in the Hundred Acre Wood: Childhood, Narrative and Time in A. A. Milne's Works for Children. The Lion and the Unicorn. 33(1), pp.26-43.
PF. Wake (2007). ‘The Time of Death: “Passing Away” in The Secret Agent’. The Conradian. 32(1), pp.1-18.
P. Wake (2020). ‘Poker fiction: Romance, possible worlds and magic circles’. MR. Johnson. In: Casino and Classic Card Games: Communities, Cultures, and Play. London: Bloomsbury,
PF. Wake (2019). The Unnatural Conventions of the Interactive Gamebook. J. Alber, B. Richardson. In: Unnatural Narratology: Extensions, Revisions, and Challenges. Ohio State University Press,
P. Wake (2013). Narrative and Narratology. P. Wake, S. Malpas. In: The Routledge Companion to Critical and Cultural Theory. Routledge, pp.23-36.
PF. Wake (2011). 'Narratology'. In: The Blackwell Encyclopedia Of Literary and Cultural Theory. Oxford: Blackwell,
P. Wake (2007). The Time of Death: “Passing away” in The Secret Agent. A. Simmons, JH. Snape. In: The Secret Agent: Centennial Essays. Rodopi, pp.13-20.
PF. Wake, S. Illingworth (2018). Settlers of Catan – Global Warming. Vienna, Austria, 8/4/2018.
P. Wake (2012). Criticism, Crisis, and Contemporary Narrative: Textual Horizons in an Age of Global Risk. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW. 107, 902-903.
P. Wake (2012). Digressions in European Literature: From Cervantes to Sebald. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW. 107, 594-595.
P. Wake (2011). From Solidarity to Schisms: 9/11 and After in Fiction and Film from outside the US. MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW. 106,
I organised, with Dr Sam Illingworth, Multiplatform 2017 and, with Dr Ginette Carpenter, the International Conference on Narrative 2013.
Manchester University Press
Simulation and Gaming
2019. 10:10 Climate Action, 'HEAT', Co-investigator, £3900.
2018. Society for Applied Microbiology, ‘Antibiotics on the Tabletop’, Co-investigator, £1,260.
2018. The Royal Society of Chemistry, ‘Tabletop Chemistry’, Co-investigator, £1840
2018. AHRC PhD scholarship: ‘The Imitation Game: Artificial Intelligence in Analogue and Digital Games’ (Director of Studies).
2017. Greenhouse Gases UK. 'GAUGE and Gaming.' Co-Investigator. £5775.
2017. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, CELT, Manchester Met. 'Games in the Curriculum.' £3140.
2016. AHRC. North West Consortium Cohort Development Fund. 'Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact.' £3000.
2015. AHRC. North West Consortium Cohort Development Fund. 'Working with Archives.' £3000.
2012. Visit Manchester, Award to support the Narrative Conference June 2013, £9000.
2007. AHRC Research Fellowship: £21, 327.
I was a member of the Executive Council of the International Society for the Study of Narrative (2014-2016).