LTM Steering Group

Ned Allen (ejfa2/ at/ is a Lecturer in English in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Christ’s College. He has held research fellowships at the Library of Congress, the Huntington Library in California, and most recently at Jesus College, Cambridge. He has written essays about typewriters, pneumatic tubes, and the culture of vocal craft at the BBC, as well as a monograph about sound media and American modernist poetry. Among his current projects is a book-length study of earworms and sticky listening, which is part-funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Sarah Cain (stc22 / at / is College Lecturer and Director of Studies in English at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Her research interests include Anglo-American modernism, the history of modern aesthetics and literary theory, and the intersections between intellectual history and material culture; she also co-convenes Cambridge’s research seminar in The History of the Material Text, an interdisciplinary research forum for all scholars and research students interested in the history and theory of bibliography, the history of the book and cultures of reading and reception. Her main teaching interests in the Cambridge English Tripos are Part I Paper 4 (English Literature 1830-present), Part I Paper 6 (Practical Criticism and Critical Practice) and the Part II papers in American literature, literary theory, and visual culture.

Steven Connor (skc45 / at / is Grace 2 Professor of English in the University of Cambridge. He has written about sound media and technology in Dumbstruck: A Cultural History of Ventriloquism (2000) and in other essays on sound and voice and pneumatic machineries in The Matter of Air: Science and Art of the Ethereal (2010). His Paraphernalia: The Curious Lives of Magical Things (2011) considers our intimate relations with such technological objects as batteries, plugs, keyboards, screens and wires. He has a continuing interest in the work of Michel Serres, in the relations between machinery and magical thinking, and in writing and number, the latter considered in his book Living By Numbers: In Defence of Quantity (2016). His book Dream Machines is forthcoming from Open Humanities Press in the Technographies series. He has written and presented a number of features for radio, including Noise, Beside Himself: Glenn Gould and the Prospects of Performance, Rough Magic and An Airmail From the Monster.

James Purdon (jjp5 / at / James Purdon studied English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, was a Herchel Smith scholar at Harvard University, and worked as a parliamentary reporter before completing his doctorate in 2012. After three years as a Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge, he was appointed to a Lectureship at St Andrews in 2015. ​He has written regularly on contemporary fiction for The Observer, the Times Literary Supplement and the Literary Review, and is a founding editor of the online quarterly magazine The Junket.  He researches the intersection of literary narrative with technological and political systems over the course of the twentieth century, and has particular interests in modernist studies, Cold War-era culture, and contemporary fiction. His first book, Modernist Informatics: Literature, Information, and the State (Oxford University Press, 2016), deals with transactions between modernist culture and state administration at the birth of the information age. He has published on a wide variety of subjects, from seventeenth-century biography to the significance of electricity pylons in modern British painting. Most recently, he co-edited (with Beci Carver) a special issue of Critical Quarterly on the cultural effects of traffic. He is currently working on a study of Cold War culture across multiple media forms.

David Trotter (wdt21 / at / has been King Edward VII Professor of English Literature since 2002. Among his recent publications are Cinema and Modernism (2007), The Uses of Phobia: Essays on Literature and Film (2010), and Literature in the First Media Age: Britain between the Wars (2013). He was co-founder of the Cambridge Screen Media Group, and first director of the University’s MPhil in Screen Media and Cultures. His current research involves a media-theoretical approach to various aspects of Anglophone literature and culture from the mid-nineteenth century onwards.

Emma Wilson (efw1000 / at / is Professor of French Literature and the Visual Arts in the University of Cambridge. Her publications include French Cinema since 1950: Personal Histories (1999) Memory and Survival: The French Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski (2000), Cinema’s Missing Children (2003), Alain Resnais (2006), Atom Egoyan (2009) and articles for Screen, Film Studies, Studies in French Cinema and October. She has a volume on Love, Mortality and the Moving Image forthcoming in 2012, which focuses on contemporary cinema and questions of palliation and pain management. Her research interests include the senses and sexuality in contemporary cinema, memory and trauma, and representations of childhood.

Nathaniel Zetter (nmz21 / at / is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of English, where his doctoral research tracks the conceptual exchanges between war and sport in the twentieth century. As well as more traditional literary sources, this research explores the connections between military and entertainment technologies, as well as the media forms which disclose war and sport’s discursive confluences. Beyond this current project, he has published on the politics of visual perspective in video games, and is developing research on cybernetic diagraming in graphic narratives, the cultural history of simulation technologies, and the role of literary ideas in the origins of information theory.