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Dr James Purdon

Dr James Purdon

Lecturer

Researcher profile

Phone
+44 (0)1334 462647
Email
jjp5@st-andrews.ac.uk
Office
Room 10
Location
Castle House
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Biography

James Purdon studied English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, was a Herchel Smith scholar at Harvard University, and worked as a parliamentary reporter before completing his doctorate in 2012. After three years as a Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge, he was appointed to a Lectureship at St Andrews in 2015. ?James is one of the organizers of the AHRC-funded network The Art of Identification and an editor of the open-access book series Technographies (Open Humanities Press). He has been a frequent contributor to The Observer, The Times Literary Supplement, The Literary Review, and Apollo, and is a founding editor of the online quarterly The Junket.

Research areas

James researches the intersection of literary narrative with technological and political systems over the course of the twentieth century, and has particular interests in modernist studies, Cold War-era culture, and contemporary fiction. His first book ? Modernist Informatics: Literature, Information, and the State (Oxford University Press, 2016) ? deals with transactions between modernist culture and state administration at the birth of the information age, and focuses on writers and film-makers including Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford, Elizabeth Bowen, John Sommerfield, and John Grierson. James has published on a wide variety of subjects, from seventeenth-century biography to the significance of electricity pylons in modern British painting. Most recently, he co-edited (with Beci Carver) a special issue of Critical Quarterly on the cultural effects of traffic. He is currently working on a study of Cold War culture across multiple media forms, and editing A New Age?, the first volume in Cambridge University Press's series British Literature in Transition, covering the years 1900-1920.

PhD supervision

  • Paul Thompson
  • Miui Watanabe
  • Elena Spinelli
  • William Bower

Selected publications

  • A smile and a shoeshine: on Trotter-cases

    Purdon, J., 13 Feb 2020, In : Critical Quarterly. 61, 4, p. 31-40 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journal ? Article

  • Telemediations

    Purdon, J., 2019, A History of 1930s British Literature. Kohlmann, B. & Taunton, M. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, p. 194-208

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding ? Chapter

  • British literature in transmission: writing and wireless

    Purdon, J., 20 Dec 2018, British Literature in Transition, 1920-1940: Futility and Anarchy. Ferrall, C. & McNeill, D. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, p. 348-364 (British Literature in Transition).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding ? Chapter

  • Literature?technology?media: towards a new technography

    Purdon, J., Jan 2018, In : Literature Compass. 15, 1, e12432.

    Research output: Contribution to journal ? Article

  • Sherlock Holmes and risk

    Purdon, J., 2018, In : Critical Quarterly. 60, 3, p. 14-28

    Research output: Contribution to journal ? Article

  • Turner's Lights

    Purdon, J., 1 May 2018, From the Lighthouse: An Experiment in Interdisciplinarity. Strang, V. & Edensor, T. (eds.). Routledge

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding ? Chapter

  • Introduction: Traffic in modernity

    Carver, B. (ed.) & Purdon, J. (ed.), 22 Feb 2017, In : Critical Quarterly. 58, 4, p. 3-9

    Research output: Contribution to journal ? Editorial

  • Modernism's traffic-sense

    Purdon, J., 22 Feb 2017, In : Critical Quarterly. 58, 4, p. 10-26

    Research output: Contribution to journal ? Article

  • Homesick Ore: Rubinoff, Metal, and Sculptural Thought

    Purdon, J., 1 Sep 2016, The Art of Jeffrey Rubinoff. Fox, J. (ed.). Vancouver, BC: Douglas & McIntyre

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding ? Chapter

  • Literature and Global Policing

    Purdon, J., 28 Jul 2016, The SAGE Handbook of Global Policing. Loader, I., Bradford, B., Jauregui, B. & Steinberg, J. (eds.). Sage

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding ? Chapter

 

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