Prof Steve Connor, Peterhouse
I studied for a BA and DPhil in English at Wadham College, Oxford from 1973 onwards, gaining my DPhil in 1980. I became Lecturer in English at Birkbeck College, London in 1980, where I was Professor of Modern Literature and Theory from 1994. From 2003 to 2012, I was Academic Director of the London Consortium Graduate Programme in Humanities and Cultural Studies, a collaboration between academic and cultural institutions in the capital that fostered and supported students in projects of cross-disciplinary enquiry. I moved to Cambridge, where I am currently Grace 2 Professor of English, in 2012.
My research interests usually have their rise in the literature and culture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, though most turn out to have a longer historical contour. My areas of interest include magical thinking; the history of medicine; the cultural life of objects and the material imagination; the relations between culture and science; the philosophy of animals; the body, sense and sexuality; literature, numbers and economics; literature and technology; and the history of sound, voice and auditory media. I have also written extensively on contemporary art for Cabinet, Tate Etc, Modern Painters and others, and broadcast regularly for radio. I have recently completed Dream Machines, a book about the history of imaginary machines and mechanisms, which I hope will be published by Open Humanities Press, and have begun work on Thinking Makes It So, about magical thinking in art, knowledge and politics.
Areas of Graduate Supervision
Nineteenth-, twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature and its contexts; literary and cultural theory; modern art; visual and material culture; literature and economics; medical humanities; voice and sound studies; the body and sensory studies; culture, science and technology.
These are my publications since 2014. The links given are mostly to the versions on my website, www.stevenconnor.com, which provides a full list of publications, along with the texts of unpublished essays, broadcasts and lectures.
Beyond Words: Sobs, Hums, Stutters and Other Vocalizations (London: Reaktion/Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014)
Beckett, Modernism and the Material Imagination (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014)
Living By Numbers: In Defence of Quantity (London: Reaktion/Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016)
'Rustications: Animals in the Urban Mix', in The Acoustic City, ed. Matthew Gandy and B.J. Nilsen (Berlin: Jovis, 2014), pp. 16-22
‘Spellings Things Out’, New Literary History, 45 (2014): 183-97
‘ “Was That a Point?” Beckett’s Punctuation’, in The Edinburgh Companion to Beckett and the Arts, ed. S.E. Gontarski (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014), pp. 269-81
'Scilicet: Kittler, Media and Madness', in Kittler Now: Critical Perspectives in Kittler Studies, ed. Stephen Sale and Laura Salisbury (Cambridge and Malden MA: Polity, 2015), pp. 115-31
'Guys and Dolls', Women: A Cultural Review, 26 (2015): 129-41
‘Literature, Technology and the Senses’, in The Cambridge Companion to the Body in Literature, ed. David Hillman and Ulrika Maude (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp. 177-96
‘Choralities’, Twentieth-Century Music, 13 (2016): 3-23
'Vocus Pocus', in This Is A Voice: 64 Exercises to Train, Project and Harness the Power of Your Voice, ed. Jeremy Fisher and Gillyanne Kayes (London: Profile, 2016), pp. 6-16
'Numbers It Is: The Musemathematics of Modernism', in Moving Modernisms: Motion, Technology, and Modernity, ed. David Bradshaw, Laura Marcus and Rebecca Roach (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 98-109
'The Game of Work: Ai Weiwei and Wittgenstein', Ai Wewei: Cubes and Trees (Cambridge: Heong Gallery, Downing College, 2016), pp. 23-7
'Decomposing the Humanities', New Literary History, 47 (2016): 275-88
‘How To Do Things With Writing Machines’, Writing, Medium, Machine: Modernist Technographies, ed. Sean Pryor and David Trotter (London: Open Humanities Press, 2016), pp. 18-34
‘Modernism After Postmodernism’, The Cambridge History of Modernism, ed Vincent Sherry (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016)
‘The Chronopher’, Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies, ed. Kathy Meizel and Nina Sun Eidsheim (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016)
'Two-step, Nerve-tap, Tanglefoot: Tapdance Typologies in Cinema', in Sounding Modernism: Rhythm and Sonic Mediation in Modern Literature and Film, ed. Julian Murphet, Helen Groth and Penelope Hone (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017)
‘Imaginary Energies: The Arts of Perpetuity’, in Energy in the Arts, ed. Douglas Kahn (Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 2017)
Dream Machines (London: Open Humanities Press, 2017)