Prof David Trotter, Gonville and Caius



Research Interests

David Trotter’s current research interests arise largely out of a book published in 2020: The Literature of Connection: Signal, Medium, Interface, 1850-1950. He is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books, on topics ranging from the novels of Elizabeth Bowen, Sylvia Townsend Warner, and Helen DeWitt through the careers of Sergei Eisenstein, Alfred Hitchcock, and Greta Garbo to the recent installation work of Jananne Al-Ani and the rescue of Asian Moon Bears. He is co-producer of and script consultant on the award-winning feature documentary Eric Ravilious: Drawn to War (2022).

Selected Publications

  • David Trotter, ‘Representing Connection: A Multimedia Approach to Colonial Film, 1918-1939’, in Lee Grieveson and Colin MacCabe, eds., Empire and Film (Houndmills: Palgrave, 2011), 151-66
  • David Trotter, The Uses of Phobia: Essays on Literature and Film (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), 174
  • David Trotter, Literature in the First Media Age: Britain between the Wars (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2013), 342
  • David Trotter, 'Eliot and the Idea of "Media", in Frances Dickey and John D. Morgenstern, eds., The Edinburgh Companion to T.S. Eliot and the Arts (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016), 248-261
  • David Trotter, 'Literature between Media', in Vincent Sherry, ed., The Cambridge History of Modernism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), 509-530
  • David Trotter and Sean Pryor, eds., Writing, Medium, Machine: Modern Technographies (London: Open Humanities Press, 2016), 223