Thursday, January 15, 2009



Fictions of the City: Class, Culture and Mass Housing in London and Paris. Book based on doctoral thesis in press and forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan in September 2009

Chapters in Edited Volumes

• ‘The Flâneur and the Freeholder: Paris and the London Suburbs in Julian Barnes's Metroland’, in Julian Barnes: Contemporaary Critical Perspectives, Groes, S. and S. Matthews (eds.) London and New York; Continuum, forthcoming in 2010

• ‘Advertising’ and ‘Copyright’ in This Is Not A Book About Gavin Turk, Rachel Newsome (ed.). Historical thematic essays in this book, forthcoming in 2010

• ‘Worlds Made of Concrete and Celluloid: The London Council Estate in Nil By Mouth and Wonderland’ in Ways of Worldmanking: Narratives, Archives and Media, Birgit Neumann & Ansgar Nünning (eds.), forthcoming from De Gruyter in 2010

Journal Articles

• ‘Realism, Modernism and the General: Beckett, Lukács, Adorno’ in Static ( (Issue 8, Spring 2009)

• ‘‘Monumental Alabaster’: Sculpture in The Winter’s Tale and When We Dead Awaken’ in Static ( (Issue 5, Summer 2007)

Dictionary Entries

• Over 100 entries for the Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism (London: British Library, 2008) on periodicals, publishers, journalists and themes

Conference Papers

• ‘H.G. Wells and the Garden City Utopia’. Given at Utopian Spaces of British Literature and Culture, 1890-1945 at Oxford University, English Faculty, 18th September 2009

• ‘Russia and the British Intellectuals: The Significance of the Stalin-Wells Talk’. Given at Russia in Britain, 1880-1940: Reception, Translation and the Modernist Cultural Agenda at the Institute for English Studies, University of London, 25th & 26th June 2009

• ‘Anarchophobia: The Structure of G.K. Chesterton’s Conservatism’. Given at PHOBIA: Constructing the Phenomenology of Chronic Fear, 1789 to the Present at the Glamorgan Research Centre for Literature, Arts and Science, 8th & 9th May 2009

• ‘‘H.G. Wells and the New Science of Town Planning’. Given at the H.G. Wells Society Annual Conference, H.G. Wells, Science and Philosophy at Imperial College / Conway Hall, London, 28th & 29th September 2007

• ‘Paris: Walled City’. Given at the 2007 Critical Legal Conference, Walls at Birkbeck College, London, 14th–16th September 2007

• ‘Worlds Made of Concrete and Celluloid: The London Council Estate in Nil By Mouth and Wonderland’. Given at the European Summer School in Cultural Studies, Ways of Worldmaking: Narratives, Archives and Media, Geißen & Heidelberg, 30th July – 4th August 2007

• ‘Modernism and Utopia in the Architecture of J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise’. Given at Heaven and Earth: A Multidisciplinary Conference at Tate Modern, London, 27th January 2005

Selected Reviews

• ‘Problems With Sartre’, review of Alain Badiou, Pocket Pantheon: Figures of Postwar Philosophy in New Statesman, 6th August 2009

• ‘Ties that Bound’, in-depth review of Dave Clements, Alastair Donald, Martin Earnshaw and Austin Williams (eds.) The Future of Community: Reports of a Death Greatly Exaggerated in Times Literary Supplement, 31st July 2009

• ‘Film Rebuffs’, review of D.M. Thomas, Bleak Hotel: The Hollywood Saga of the White Hotel in Times Literary Supplement, 28th January 2009

• ‘Immortal Pages’, review of Jeff Gomez, Print is Dead in Times Literary Supplement, 7th March 2008

• ‘Heart of Darkness’, review of Slavoj Zizek, Violence in New Statesman, 31st January 2008

Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Journalism

Working as a post-doctoral researcher for the Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Journalism, I wrote over 100 entries on a diverse range of topics. There are some thematic articles (e.g. on the Printing Press, Distribution, and Typewriting), some biographical ones (on the journalism of Hazlitt and Coleridge as well as less celebrated hacks), and some about various journals and newspapers. The book, edited by Laurel Brake and Marysa Demoor, is out now

Introducing Le Corbusier

Victoria and Albert Museum

Saturday 14 March
Seminar Room 1, Sackler Centre

Review the main tenets of Le Corbusier’s thinking and assess his significant impact with architectural historians Barry Curtis, Matthew Taunton and Alan Powers. Arguably the most important and influential architect of the 20th century, Le Corbusier was a pioneer of modernist design. He championed the use of industrial materials and revolutionised approaches to urban planning. This event is part of the Le Corbusier centenary and coincides with the V&A’s display, The Olympic Stadium Project – Le Corbusier and Baghdad.

£20, £15
Book online or call +44 (0)20 7942 2211

Resonance FM: The Thread

I appeared on the London Consortium's discussion show 'The Thread' on Resonance FM on Tuesday, discussing IKEA and airports as examples of 'non-places' (and also a bit of Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall) with Richard Martin and Mitha Budhyarto, who's writing her PhD on the topic. I was hoping to link to a podcast, but it doesn't seem to be up... I'll update if and when this becomes available. The show (with a variety of topics and guests) is on for the next four Tuesdays at 11pm anyway, so listen in!

New Statesman

I have been writing occasional reviews and columns for the New Statesman for a while. The full text of all my articles can be read here