Research Publications & Projects

Recent publications by members of the Centre for Contemporary Literature include:


Caroline Edwards

Utopia and the Contemporary British Novel (Cambridge University Press, 2019), 280 pp.

— “All Aboard for Ararat!: Islands in Contemporary Flood Fiction,” ASAP/Journal, Vol. 4, No. 1 (2019), pp. 217-243

—“Experiment and the Genre Novel: British Fiction, 1980-2018,” The Cambridge Companion to British Fiction, 1980-2018, ed. Peter Boxall (Cambridge University Press, 2019), pp. 150-168

— “Like Any Other Commodity? Literary Prize Culture, Commercialisation and the Rise of a New Reading Public,” British Literature in Transition, 1980–2000: Accelerated Times, ed. Eileen Pollard and Berthold Schoene (Cambridge University Press, 2019), pp. 325-340

— “The Networked Novel,” The Routledge Companion to Twenty-First Century Literary Fiction, ed. Daniel O’Gorman and Robert Eaglestone (Routledge, 2018), pp. 13-24

— “Utopian Prospects,” Science Fiction: A Literary History, ed. Roger Luckhurst (British Library Press, 2017), pp. 72-101

China Miéville: Critical Essays (Gylphi, 2015), co-edited with Tony Venezia, 316 pp.

— Maggie Gee: Critical Essays (Gylphi, 2015), co-edited with Sarah Dillon, 312 pp.

— “From Eros to Eschaton: Herbert Marcuse’s Liberation of Time,” Telos (“Marcuse After Secularism” special issue) Issue #165 (Winter 2013), pp. 91-114
— “Rethinking the Arcadian Revenge: Metachronous Times in the Fiction of Sam Taylor,” Modern Fiction Studies, Vol. 58, No. 3 (Special Issue on “New British Fiction”) (2012), pp. 477-502
— Guest Editorial, “Collective Subjects, Emancipatory Cultures and Political Transformation,” special issue of Subjectivity 4 (1) (2011), pp. 1-8
— “Interview with Jon McGregor,” Contemporary Literature Vol. 51, No. 2 (2010), pp. 217-245
— “Microtopias: The Post-apocalyptic Communities of Jim Crace’s The Pesthouse,” Textual Practice Vol. 23, No. 5 (2009), pp. 763-786

— “Unearthing the ‘gold-bearing rubble’: Ernst Bloch’s Literary Criticism,” Utopianism, Modernism and Literature in the Twentieth Century, ed. Alice Reeve-Tucker and Nathan Waddell (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp. 182-203

— “Strange Transactions: Utopia, Transmigration and Time in Ghostwritten and Cloud Atlas,” David Mitchell: Critical Essays, ed. Sarah Dillon (Canterbury: Gylphi, 2010), pp. 179-203


Joseph Brooker

Jonathan Lethem and the Galaxy of Writing (London: Bloomsbury, 2020)

— ‘Not Winnin’ Anymore: Boys from the Blackstuff and the Literature of Recession’, Crossings: A Journal of English Studies (2020),  

— ‘“Everywhere I look, you could frame it”: David Mitchell’s Mission to Describe’, Crossings: A Journal of English Studies, 10 (2019), 40-46,

— ‘Jonathan Coe’s Stories of Sadness’, in Jonathan Coe: Contemporary British Satire, ed. Philip Tew (London: Bloomsbury, 2018), pp. 35-50.
— Joseph Brooker, 'Jonathan Lethem', in The Routledge Companion to Twenty-First Century Literary Fiction, ed. Daniel O'Gorman and Robert Eaglestone (London & New York: Routledge, 2019), pp. 383-395.

— ‘Raymond’s Fen’, in Of Mud and Flame: a Penda’s Fen Sourcebook, ed. Matthew Harle and James Machin (London: Strange Attractor, 2019), pp. 63-81.

— ‘Around 2000: Memoir as Literature’, in A History of English Autobiography, ed. by Adam Smyth (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), pp. 374-87.

— ‘Reanimating Historical Fiction’, in The Cambridge Companion to British Fiction since 1945, ed. David James (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp. 160-176. 

— ‘Involutions of the Word: Lorrie Moore and Jonathan Lethem’, in The Contemporaneity of Modernism: Literature, Media, Culture, ed. Michael D'Arcy and Mathias Nilges (New York and London: Routledge, 2016), pp.105-118. 

‘Fiction in a Fictionalized Society’, in Twenty-First Century British Fiction ed. Bianca Leggett and Antonio Venezia (London: Gylphi, 2015), pp.1-9.

— ‘The Art of Bad Government: Thatcherism and British Fiction’, in Emily Horton, Philip Tew and Leigh Wilson (eds), Decades: The 1980s (London: Bloomsbury, 2014), pp.75-100.

‘The Art of Offence: Literary Censorship since 1970’, in David Bradshaw and Rachel Potter (eds), Prudes on the Prowl: Literature​, Obscenity and Censorship in England, 1850 to the Present (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), pp.179-206.

‘An Oblique Blaze in Things’, Critical Quarterly 56:2 (July 2014), 26-40.

‘Sado-Monetarism: Thatcherite Subjects in Alasdair Gray and Martin Amis’Textual Practice, February 2012.

Literature of the 1980s: After the Watershed (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010).

‘Has The World Changed Or Have I Changed? The Smiths and the Challenge of Thatcherism’, in Sean Campbell and Colin Coulter (eds),Why Pamper Life’s Complexities? Essays on the Smiths (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010), pp.22-42.

— ‘License is Given: Money and the Menace of Comedy’, Critical Engagements 3:2 (Autumn/Winter 2009), 73-90.

'Neo Lines: Alan Hollinghurst and the Apogee of the Eighties'Literary Criterion 40 (3&4), 104-116.

— ‘Orgreave Revisited : David Peace’s GB84 and the Return to the 1980s’ Radical Philosophy 133 (September / October 2005), 39-51.


Martin Paul Eve

Eve, Martin Paul, Password (London: Bloomsbury: 2016)

Eve, Martin Paul, Literature Against Criticism: University English & Contemporary Fiction in Conflict (Open Book Publishers: 2016)

Eve, Martin Paul, Open access and the humanities: contexts, controversies and the future (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 2014)

Eve, Martin Paul, Pynchon and philosophy: Wittgenstein, Foucault and Adorno (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan: 2014)

Eve, Martin Paul, “‘You have to keep track of your changes’: The Version Variants and Publishing History of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas”, Open Library of Humanities 2(2), 2016

Eve, Martin Paul, “‘Structural Dissatisfaction’: academics on safari in the novels of Jennifer Egan”, Open Library of Humanities 1(1), 2015

Eve, Martin Paul, “Keep writing: the critique of the university in Roberto Bolaño's 2666”, Textual Practice 30 (2015), 949-64.

Eve, Martin Paul, “'Too many goddamn echoes': historicizing the Iraq War in Don DeLillo's Point Omega”, Journal of American Studies 49(3), 2015


Grace Halden

Three Mile Island: The Meltdown Crisis and Nuclear Power in American Popular Culture (London: Routledge, 2017)

Concerning Evil, ed. by Grace Halden and Gabriela Madlo (Oxford: IDP, 2013)

‘Growing up in the 21st Century: Pretty Little Liars and their Pretty Little Devices’, in Girl Talk: The Influence of Girls’ Series Books on American Popular Culture, ed by. LuElla D’Amico (New York: Lexington Books, 2016) Double Blind Peer Reviewed.

‘Critical Reflection on Christopher Ecclestone’s Doctor’, Science Fiction Film & Television, 7.2, 244-6 (2014).


‘Edward M .Learner’s Small Miracles’, in Foundation, 42:116, 112-15 (2014).

‘2B: The Era of Flesh is Over’, in Trespassing Journal: Trespassing Medicine, ed. by Hivren Demir-Atay, 4, 112-115 (December 2014) Double Blind Peer Reviewed.

 ‘Jonathan Oliver, End of the Road’, in Foundation, 44: 118, (2015).

‘David Wittenberg, Time Travel: The Popular Philosophy of Narrative’, in Foundation, 44.1 (2015).

‘Aaron Tucker’s Interfacing with the Internet in Popular Cinema’, in Science Fiction Film and Television 8.3 (January 1, 2015)


Anna Hartnell

— Rewriting Exodus: American Futures from Du Bois to Obama (Pluto Press, 2011)

— ‘When the Levees Broke: Inconvenient Truths and the Limits of National Identity’, African American Review, 45.1-2 (2012): 17-31.

— ‘Rebranding America: Race, Religion, and Nation in Obama’s Social Justice Rhetoric’, Comparative American Studies, 10. 2-3 (2012): 142-153.

— ‘Writing Islam in Post-9/11 America: John Updike’s Terrorist’ in Culture, Diaspora, and Modernity in Muslim Writing, ed. Rehana Ahmed, Peter Morey and Amina Yaqin (New York: Routledge, 2012), 135-148.

— ‘Hurricane Katrina as Visual Spectacle: Hurricane on the Bayou and the Reframing of American National Identity’ in Art and Identity at the Water's Edge, ed. Tricia Cusack (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012), 53-66.

— ‘Violence and the Faithful in post-9/11 America: John Updike’s Terrorist, Islam, and the Spectre of Exceptionalism’, Modern Fiction Studies, 57. 3 (2011): 477-502.

— ‘Between Exodus and Egypt: Israel-Palestine and the Break-up of the Black-Jewish Alliance’ in African Athena: New Agendas, eds. Daniel Orrells, Gurminder Bhambra and Tessa Roynon (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).

— ‘Domesticating Katrina: Eliding the International Coordinates of a “Natural” Disaster’ in Challenging US Foreign Policy: America and the World in the Long Twentieth Century, eds. Bevan Sewell and Scott Lucas (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).


Roger Luckhurst

— ‘Beyond Trauma: Torturous Times’, European Journal of English Studies 14: 1 (April 2010): 11-21

— ‘Martian Montage: Chris Marker’s sf’, Science Fiction Film and Television, 5:2 (2012)

— ‘In War Times: Fictionalising Iraq’, Contemporary Literature 53:4 (2012): 713-37.

— ‘Ballard/Atrocity/Conner/Exhibition/Assemblage’. In J G Ballard from Shanghai to Shepperton, edited by Jeannette Baxter and Rowland Wymer (Palgrave, 2012): 29-49.

— ‘The Public Sphere, Popular Culture and the True Meaning of the Zombie Apocalypse’, in The Cambridge Companion to Popular Culture, edited by Scott McCracken and David Glover (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).

— ‘The Psychic Seventies’, in The Twilight Language of Nigel Knealeed. Sukhdev Sandhu (London: Strange Attractor Press, 2012).

— ‘Future Shock: Science Fiction and the Trauma Paradigm’, In The Future of Traumaed. Gert Buelens, Sam Durrant and Robert Eaglestone, Routledge, 2014.

— ‘Not Now, Not Yet: Polytemporality and Fictions of the Iraq War’ (a substantially updated reprint of ‘In War Times’ essay, first published in Contemporary Literature, 2012). In Trauma in Contemporary Literature: Narrative and Representation ed. Monica Calvo and Marita Nadal, Routledge 2014.

— ‘The American Weird’. In Cambridge Companion to American Science Fictioned. G. Canavan (2014)

— ‘Digging up Memories: Forensic Archaeology, Cultural Trauma and the Contemporary Mass Grave’. In Cultural Dynamics, ed. Sabine Coelsch-Foisner and Christopher Herzog (2014)


Colin Teevan

— The Lion of Kabul, 30 minute original drama, part of The Great Game, Aspects of Afghanistan, Tricycle Theatre, London, April 2009. Revived July 2010 Tricycle and toured to Shakespeare Theatre, Washington; Guthrie Theatre, Minnesota; Berkeley Rep, San Francisco; Public Theatre New York



  • Kate McLoughlin, British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship: Veteran Poetics: Soldiers Come Home in English Literature from Wordsworth to J. K. Rowling (awarded for 2013). £102, 003.
  • Anna Hartnell, AHRC Early Career Fellowship: After Katrina: Projecting Racial, Transnational and Environmental Futures Beyond the 'American Century'; September 2013-February 2015. £119,477. For this project Anna is also writing a blog.

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