David Winters, Pembroke

Degree: PhD
Course: AmLit
Supervisor: Dr K Boddy
Dissertation Title:

Gordon Lish and American Fiction since 1960


Biographical Information

My AHRC-funded PhD examines the influence of the writer, editor and teacher Gordon Lish on American literary production from 1960 to the present. I am also Lish's authorized biographer. Before coming to Cambridge, I worked for several years as an editor at an academic publishing house, and as a literary journalist. Prior to that, I took an AHRC-funded MA in modern and contemporary literature at UCL. I'm co-editor in chief of 3:AM Magazine, and I write about literature, criticism and philosophy for a wide range of print and online publications.

Website: www.davidwinters.uk.

Research Interests

  • Post-1945 American literary and intellectual history
  • History and theory of literary criticism
  • Sociology of literary production
  • Sociology of ideas and intellectuals
  • Publishing, editing and periodical studies
  • Online literary culture

Areas of Supervision

  • Contemporary literature
  • American literature
  • Literary modernism
  • Literary theory
  • Practical criticism
  • Dissertations on twentieth and twenty-first century fiction

Selected Publications

  • Infinite Fictions: Essays on Literature and Theory (London: Zero Books, 2015)
  • 'Theory and the Creative Writing Classroom: Conceptual Revision in the School of Gordon Lish', Contemporary Literature 57, no. 1 (2016): 111-134.
  • 'An Interview with Gordon Lish', Critical Quarterly 57, no. 4 (2015): 89-104.
  • 'Theory on Theory', The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory 23, no. 1 (2015): 40-59.
  • 'Theory on Theory', The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory 22, no. 1 (2014): 1-20.
  • Academic book reviews in Modernism/modernity, Textual Practice, Critical Quarterly, Radical Philosophy, etc
  • Criticism, journalism and interviews in TLS, Guardian, Independent, Bookforum, Literary Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, etc