Dr David Winters, Fitzwilliam



Biographical Information

I’m a Research Fellow (JRF) at Fitzwilliam College. I took a BA from the University of Birmingham and MA from University College London, after which I worked for several years, before coming to Cambridge for my PhD.

Research Interests

I work mostly on twentieth-century American fiction, with a focus on institutions and networks of literary production and reception, including publishing houses, literary magazines, universities and online communities. My research combines literary history with publishing history, cultural and intellectual history, and the sociology of literature and ideas. I'm currently finishing up the first comprehensive study of the editor and teacher Gordon Lish's influence on post-sixties US fiction, and starting work on a short book on contemporary small-press fiction. Other publications include a special issue of Critical Quarterly, co-edited with Kasia Boddy, called ‘Books in the Making’ (based on a symposium we held at CRASSH in 2016). I'm also interested in the history and sociology of literary criticism both inside and outside the academy; here my publications include two metacritical surveys of ‘Theory on Theory’ for The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, and an edited collection on online literary culture, The Digital Critic. I've also published numerous critical essays, reviews and interviews; some of this writing was collected in my first book, Infinite Fictions.

At Cambridge I’ve taught on the MPhil in American Literature, and on undergraduate papers including Practical Criticism, English Literature 1870-Present, Modernism & the Short Story, Contemporary Writing, and History and Theory of Criticism. I also supervise dissertations on 20th and 21st century fiction.