Prof David Trotter, Gonville and Caius



Research Interests

Nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature in English. Naturalism in literature and cinema. Hollywood. Recent initiatives in media theory. Published work includes books on the history of the British novel, on twentieth-century poetry, on literature and the visual arts in the second half of the nineteenth century, on literature and cinema, on the cultural history of psychopathologies (paranoia, phobia), and on Britain between the world wars.

Areas of Graduate Supervision

Nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature in English. The history of cinema up to and including the Studio Era. Media theory.

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