Mr Hunter Dukes, Peterhouse

Degree: PhD
Course: CC
Supervisor: Prof S Connor
Dissertation Title: Naming and Namelessness in the ‘Irish’ Novel 1916-1953

Biographical Information

My dissertation examines the intersection of inscription, materiality, and proper names in the work of James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, and Seamus Heaney. This project and others have me currently thinking about Giambattista Vico, Ernst Haeckel, William Morris, Eric Gill, Piero Manzoni, Jean-Martin Charcot, Michel Serres, Frank Wedekind, P.V. Glob, Teilhard de Chardin, Jacques Monod, and Alfred Gell, to mention a few interlocutors.

Research Interests

  • visual forms of language
  • the politics of place naming 
  • the inscription of proper names
  • the anthropocene
  • the exchange of ideas between molecular biology and philosophy
  • literary representations of animated objects 

Areas of Supervision

  • Contemporary literature
  • Literary modernism
  • Practical criticism
  • Literary theory
  • Irish studies

Selected Publications

  • 'Beckett's Vessels and the Animation of Containers', forthcoming in The Journal of Modern Literature (JML), 2017.
  • ‘Assembling the Mechanosphere: Monod, Althusser, Deleuze and Guattari’, forthcoming in Deleuze StudiesDeleuze and Guattari in the Anthropocene, 2016
  • 'Samuel Beckett and the Fantasy of Lithic Preservation, forthcoming in Irish Studies Review, 2016
  • 'The Binding of Abraham: Inverting the Akedah in Fail-Safe and WarGames', Journal of Religion & Film: Vol 19: Iss. 1, Article 37
  • Review of Aaron Jaffe, The Way Things Go: An Essay on the Matter of Second ModernismCritical Quarterly: vol. 57, iss. 3
  • 'In an Empire of the Dead', Los Angeles Review of Books, July 2015