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Dr Pam Thurschwell

Post:Senior Lecturer in English (English)
Location:ARTS B B222

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 678721
International:+44 1273 678721

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I began teaching at Sussex in 2007 having previously worked or studied at University College London, Cambridge and Cornell University. I am the author of Literature, Technology and Magical Thinking, 1880–1920 (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and Sigmund Freud (Routledge Press, 2000; second edition, 2009). I am the co-editor with Leah Price of Literary Secretaries/Secretarial Culture (Ashgate Press, 2005); with Nicola Bown and Carolyn Burdett of The Victorian Supernatural (Cambridge University Press 2004), and with Sian White of a special issue of Textual Practice on Elizabeth Bowen (2013).

I've written on a wide variety of writers and artists including Henry James, Bob Dylan, George Eliot, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Morrissey, and Daniel Clowes. My most recent articles are on Carson McCullers and Toni Morrison in English Studies in Canada 38:3-4, and Freud and Willa Cather in Blackwell’s Concise Companion to Psychoanalysis, Literature and Culture (eds. Laura Marcus and Ankhi Mukherjee). In July 2014, I organised a one-day symposium on the album and film Quadrophenia via the Centre for Modernist Studies at the University of Sussex. I am currently working on a book manuscript on modern adolescence and time, titled Keep your Back to the Future.

For potential Phd students: I welcome Phd proposals that relate to my interests in the modernist and contemporary novel and the theory and history of childhood and adolescence. I am interested in work at the intersection of late 19th, 20th, and 21st century literature, and one or some of the following: psychoanalytic history and theory, queer cultural theory, the history of technology, popular music, economic/Marxist theory, and the Anthropocene. Some of my favourite writers are Henry James, George Eliot, Walter Benjamin, Sigmund Freud, Elizabeth Bowen, Don DeLillo, Ali Smith, Greil Marcus, and Dana Spiotta.  I am not especially interested in proposals that focus solely on YA literature (except in special cases). I am not a big fan of vampires (except for Dracula). 



Senior Lecturer in English

Director of Doctoral Studies