Steven Connor: Publications, 1982-

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Charles Dickens (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1985)

Samuel Beckett: Repetition, Theory and Text (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1988)
—————- 2nd revised edn (Aurora COL: Davies Group Publishers, 2006)

Postmodernist Culture: An Introduction to Theories of the Contemporary (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1989)
————— 2nd, revised and enlarged edn (Oxford: Blackwell, 1996)

Theory and Cultural Value (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1992)

The English Novel in History, 1950 to 1995 (London: Routledge, 1995)

James Joyce (Exeter: Northcote House, 1996)

Dumbstruck: A Cultural History of Ventriloquism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000)

The Book of Skin (London: Reaktion; Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004)

Fly (London: Reaktion, 2006)

The Matter of Air: Science and Art of the Ethereal (London: Reaktion, 2010)

Paraphernalia: The Curious Lives of Magical Things (London: Profile, 2011)

A Philosophy of Sport (London: Reaktion, 2011)

Beyond Words: Sobs, Hums, Stutters and Other Vocalizations (London: Reaktion, 2014)

Beckett, Modernism and the Material Imagination (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Living By Numbers: In Defence of Quantity (London: Reaktion/Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2016)

Dream Machines (London: Open Humanities Press, 2017)

The Madness of Knowledge: On Wisdom, Ignorance and Fantasies of Knowing (London: Reaktion/Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2019)

Giving Way: Thoughts on Unappreciated Dispositions (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2019)

A History of Asking (London: Open Humanities Press, 2023)

Dreamwork: Why All Work is Imaginary (London: Reaktion/Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2023)

Styles of Seriousness (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2023)

Edited Books

(ed.) Samuel Beckett’s `Waiting for Godot’ and `Endgame': A New Casebook (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1992)

(ed.) Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, (`Everyman Dickens’, London: Dent, 1994)

(ed.) Charles Dickens, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (`Everyman Dickens’, London: Dent, 1996)

(ed.) Charles Dickens (London: Longman ‘Critical Readers’, 1996).

(ed., with Daniela Caselli and Laura Salisbury) Other Becketts (Tallahassee: Journal of Beckett Studies Books, 2002)

(ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Postmodernism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004)

(ed). Samuel Beckett, The Unnamable (London: Faber, 2010)

Essays in Books

`Myth and Metamyth in Max Müller and Walter Pater’, in The Sun Is God: Painting, Literature and Mythology in the Nineteenth Century, ed. J.B. Bullen (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988), pp. 199-224.

`The Birth of Humility: J.G. Frazer and Victorian Mythography’, in Sir James Frazer and the Literary Imagination, ed. Robert Fraser (London: Macmillan, 1990), pp. 61-80.

`Space, Repetition and Theatre in Beckett’, in Rethinking Beckett, ed. Lance St. John Butler (London: Macmillan, 1990), pp. 1-19.

`The Spaces of Criticism: Centre and Margin in Structuralism and Post-Structuralism’, in Encyclopaedia of Literature and Criticism, ed. Martin Coyle, Peter Garside, Malcolm Kelsall and John Peck (London: Routledge, 1990), pp. 736-49.

`Points of Departure: Deconstruction and John Ashbery’s “Sortes Vergilianae” ‘, in Contemporary Poetry Meets Modern Theory, ed. Antony Easthope and John O. Thompson (Hemel Hempstead: Harvester/Wheatsheaf, 1991), pp. 5-18.

`Between Theatre and Theory: Long Observation of the Ray’, in The Ideal Core of the Onion: Reading Beckett Archives, ed. John Pilling and Mary Bryden (Reading: Beckett International Foundation, 1992), pp. 79-98.

`Authority, Authorship and Self-Reference in Joyce and Beckett’, in Re: Joyce and Beckett, ed. Phyllis Carey and Edwin Jewinski (New York: Fordham University Press, 1992), pp. 147-59.

`Aesthetics, Pleasure and Value’, in The Politics of Pleasure: Aesthetics and Cultural Theory, ed. Stephen Regan (Buckingham and Philadelphia: Open University Press, 1992), pp. 203-20.

`Modernism and Postmodernism’, in Companion to Aesthetics, ed. David Cooper (Oxford: Blackwell, 1993), pp. 288-93.

`Over Samuel Beckett’s Dead Body’, in Beckett in Dublin, ed. Steve Wilmer (Dublin: Lilliput Press, 1992), pp. 100-09.

`Between Earth and Air: Value, Culture and Futurity’, in Mapping the Futures: Local Cultures, Global Change, ed. Jon Bird, Barry Curtis, Tim Putnam, George Robertson and Lisa Tickner (London: Routledge, 1993), pp. 229-36.

` “All Twined Together…So Much Toil and Play”: Beckett’s Ludic Travail’, in Surprised By Scenes: Essays in Honour of Yasanuri Takahashi, ed. Yasanuri Takada (Tokyo: Kenkyusha, 1993), pp. 23-43.

`In Exemplification’, in The State of Theory, ed. Richard Bradford (London: Routledge, 1993), pp. 35-54.

`The Necessity of Value’, in Principled Positions: Postmodernism and the Recovery of Value, ed. Judith Squires (London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1993), pp. 31-49.

`”Jigajiga…Yummyyum…Pfuiiiiiii!…Bbbbblllllblblblblobschb!”: “Circe” ‘s Ventriloquy’, in Reading Joyce’s `Circe’(European Joyce Studies, 3), ed. Andrew Gibson, (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1994), pp. 93-142.

` “Beware of Imitations”: Joyce, Beckett and the Logical Machine of Mimesis’, in In Principle, Beckett is Joyce, ed. Friedhelm Rathjen (Edinburgh: Split Pea Press, 1994), pp. 29-44.

`The Imaginary and the Symbolic in Great Expectations’ in Great Expectations: A New Casebook, ed. Roger Sell (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1994), pp. 166-76. Reprinted from Charles Dickens, 1985.

‘Rewriting Wrong: On the Ethics of Literary Reversion’, in Liminal Postmodernisms: The Postmodern, the (Post-)Colonial, and the (Post-)Feminist, ed. Theo D’haen and Hans Bertens (Amsterdam and Atlanta, Ga.: Rodopi, 1994), pp. 79-97.

‘British Surrealist Poetry in the 1930s’, in British Poetry 1900-50: Aspects of Tradition, ed. Gary Day and Brian Docherty (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1995), pp. 169-92.

`Postmodern Performance’, in Analysing Performance: A Critical Reader, ed. Patrick Campbell (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1995), pp. 107-24.

`Reading: The Contretemps’, in Strategies of Reading: Dickens and After, ed. Nicola Bradbury (Yearbook of English Studies, Vol 26, 1996), pp. 232-48.

`Deconstructing Hard Times’ in David Copperfield and Great Expectations: A New Casebook, ed. John Peck (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1995), pp. 155-70. Reprinted from Charles Dickens, 1985.

` “I…AM A…”: Addressing the Jewish Question in Joyce’s Ulysses‘, in The Jew in the Text: Modernity and the Construction of Identity, ed. Tamar Garb and Linda Nochlin (London: Thames and Hudson, 1995), pp. 219-32.

`Babel Unbuilding: The Anti-Archi-Rhetoric of Martin Chuzzlewit’, in Dickens Refigured: Bodies, Desire and Other Histories, ed. John Schad (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1996), pp. 178-99.

`After Cultural Value: Ecology, Ethics and Aesthetics’, in Ethics and Aesthetics: The Moral Turn of Postmodernism, ed. Gerhard Hoffmann and Alfred Hornung (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Carl Winter, 1996), pp. 1-12

`Space, Place and the Body of Riot in Barnaby Rudge‘, in Charles Dickens, ed. Steven Connor (London and New York: Longman `Critical Reader’, 1996), pp. 211-29.

`Cultural Sociology and Cultural Sciences’, in The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory, ed. Bryan S. Turner (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1996), pp. 340-68.

`Beckett’s Interdictions’, in International Aspects of Irish Literature, ed. Toshi Furomoto, George Hughes, Chizuko Inoue, James McElwain, Peter McMillan and Tetsuro Sano (Gerrard’s Cross: Colin Smythe, 1996), pp. 313-22.

`The Modern Auditory I’, in Rewriting the Self: Histories From the Renaissance to the Present, ed. Roy Porter (London and New York: Routledge, 1996), pp. 203-23.

` “From the House of Bondage to the Wilderness of Inhabitation”: The Domestic Economies of “Ithaca” ‘, Reading Joyce’s ‘Ithaca’, ed. Andrew Gibson (Amsterdam and Atlanta GA: Rodopi, 1996), pp. 199-226.

`Feel the Noise: Excess, Affect and the Acoustic’, in Emotion in Postmodernism, ed. Gerhard Hoffmann and Alfred Hornung (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Carl Winter, 1997), pp. 147-62.

`Raymond Williams’s Time’, in Raymond Williams Now: Knowledge, Limits and the Future, ed. Jeff Wallace, Rod Jones and Sophie Nield (London: Macmillan, 1997), pp. 163-80.

‘Echo’s Bones: Myth, Modernity and the Vocalic Uncanny’, in Myth and the Making of Modernity, ed. Michael Bell and Peter Poellner (Amsterdam and Atlanta GA: Rodopi, 1998), pp. 213-35.

`The Ethics of the Voice’, in Critical Ethics: Text, Theory and Responsibility, ed. Dominic Rainsford and Tim Woods (London and New York: Macmillan/St. Martin’s, 1999), pp. 220-37.

`The Machine in the Ghost: Spiritualism, Technology and the “Direct Voice” ‘, in Ghosts: Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis, History, ed. Peter Buse (London: Macmillan, 1999), pp. 203-25.

‘Auf schwankendem Boden’, Samuel Beckett, Bruce Nauman (Vienna: Kunsthalle Wien, 2000), pp. 80-7. English version.

‘Satan and Sybil: Talk, Possession and Dissociation’, in Talk Talk Talk: The Cultural Life of Everyday Conversation, ed. S.I. Salemensky (New York and London: Routledge, 2001), pp. 163-80.

‘Seeing Feelingly’, in The Nature of the Beast: Peter Randall-Page, New Sculpture, Drawings and Prints(Nottingham: Djanogly Art Gallery, 2001), pp. 2-7.

‘Mortification’, in Thinking Through The Skin, ed. Sara Ahmed and Jackie Stacey (London and New York: Routledge, 2001), pp. 36-51.

‘Foreword: Coming to Be’, in Becoming Human: New Perspectives on the Inhuman Condition, ed. Paul Sheehan (Westport CT and London: Praeger, 2003), pp. ix-xvi.

‘Toward a New Demonology’, in Becoming Human: New Perspectives on the Inhuman Condition, ed. Paul Sheehan (Westport CT and London: Praeger, 2003), pp.103-111.

‘Topologie: Michel Serres e le forme del pensiero’, trans. Chiara Battisti and Sidia Fiorato, in Letteratura e scienzia, ed. Daniela Carpi (Bologna: Re Enzo Editrice, 2003), pp. 199-214. (Italian translation of Topologies: Michel Serres and the Shapes of Thought).

‘What Can Cultural Studies Do?’ in Interrogating Cultural Studies: Interviews in Cultural Theory, Practice and Politics, ed. Paul Bowman (London: Pluto Press, 2003).

‘The Help of Your Good Hands: Reports on Clapping’, in The Auditory Culture Reader, ed. Michael Bull and Les Back (Oxford and New York: Berg, 2003), pp. 67-76.

‘Afterword’, in The Victorian Supernatural, ed. Nicola Bown, Carolyn Burdett and Pamela Thurschwell (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), pp. 258-77.

‘Edison’s Teeth; Touching Hearing‘, in Hearing Cultures: Essays on Sound, Listening, and Modernity, ed. Veit Erlmann (Oxford and New York: Berg, 2004), pp. 153-72.

The Strains of the Voice‘, trans. (into German), Holger Wölfle, in Phonorama: Eine Kulturgeschichte der Stimme als Medium (Berlin: Matthes and Seitz, 2004), pp. 158-72.

‘Modernity and Myth’, in The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century English Literature, ed. Laura Marcus and Peter Nicholls (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), pp. 251-68.

‘Michel Serres’s Les Cinq Sens, in Mapping Michel Serres, ed. Niran Abbas (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2005), pp. 153-69.

‘Postmodernism Grown Old’, in Cul’tura Post: At The Crossroads of Cultures and Civilisations, ed. Maria K. Popova and Vladimir V Strukov (Voronezh: Voronezh State University Press, 2005), pp. 55-72.

‘Rough Magic: Screens’, in Thinking Organization, ed. Stephen Linstead and Alison Linstead (London: Routledge, 2005), pp. 183-90.

‘Beckett’s Atmospheres’, in Beckett After Beckett, ed. S.E. Gontarski and Anthony Uhlmann (Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2006), pp. 52-65.

‘Building Breathing Space’, in Going Aerial: Air, Art, Architecture, ed. Monika Bakke (Maastricht: Jan van Eyck Akademie, 2007), pp. 118-34.

‘Alexandre Vattemare – Ventriloquist’, in The Extravagant Ambassador: The True Story of Alexandre Vattemare, The French Ventriloquist Who Changed the World, ed. Earle Havens and Pierre-Alain Tilliette (Boston: Boston Public Library/Paris: Paris Bibliothèques, 2007), pp. 150-7. Published simultaneously in French as ‘Alexandre Vattemare, Ventriloque’, in L’Ambassadeur extravagant: Alexandre Vattemare, ventriloque et pionnier des échanges culturels internationaux, ed. Earle Havens and Pierre-Alain Tilliette (Boston: Boston Public Library/Paris: Paris Bibliothèques, 2007), pp. 150-7.

‘Pregnable of Eye: X-rays, Vision and Magic’, in Philip Warnell, The Girl With X-Ray Eyes (Leamington Spa: Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Warwick Arts Centre, 2008), pp. 73-88.

‘Overlooking’, in Witness: Memory, Representation, and the Media in Question, ed. Ulrik Ekman and Frederik Tygstrup (Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2008), pp. 291-302.

‘Introduction’, Michel Serres, The Five Senses: A Philosophy of Mingled Bodies (I), trans. Margaret Sankey and Peter Cowley (London: Continuum, 2008), pp. 1-16.

‘Atmospherics’, in Sonic Mediations: Body, Sound, Technology , ed. Carolyn Birdsall and Anthony Enns (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008), pp. 159-74.

‘Beckett and the World’, in Beckett and Ethics, ed. Russell Smith (London: Continuum, 2009), pp. 134-46.

‘Phonophobia: The Dumb Devil of Stammering’, in Resonant Bodies, Voices, Memories, ed. Anke Bangma, Deirdre M. Donoghue, Lina Issa and Katarina Zdjelar (Rotterdam: Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy, 2009), pp. 132-44.

‘The Fizziness Business’, in The Body and the Arts, ed. Corinnne Saunders, Ulrika Maude and Jane Macnaughton (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), pp. 55-71.

‘A Short Stirring to Meekness’, in Inside Knowledge: (Un)doing Ways of Knowing in the Humanities, ed. Carolyn Birdsall, Maria Boletski, Itay Sapir and Pieter Verstraete (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009), pp. 193-208.

‘Beckett and Sartre: The Nauseous Character of All Flesh’, in Beckett and Phenomenology, ed. Ulrika Maude and Mathew Feldman (London: Continuum, 2009), pp. 56-76.

‘Incidents of the Breath: In Pneumatic and Electric Ventriloquisms’, in Articulate Objects: Voice, Sculpture and Performance, ed. Aura Satz and Jon Wood (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009), pp. 63-80.

‘I Switch Off: Beckett and the Ordeals of Radio’, in Broadcasting Modernism, ed. Debra Rae Cohen, Michael Coyle and Jane Lewty (Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2009), pp. 274-93.

‘I Believe That the World’, in Cultural Ways of Worldmaking: Media and Narratives, ed. Vera Nünning, Ansgar Nünning and Birgit Neumann (Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2010), pp. 29-46.

‘Beckett and the Loutishness of Learning’, in Samuel Beckett: Debts and Legacies, ed. Erik Tonning, Matthew Feldman, Matthijs Engelberts and Dirk van Hulle (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2010), pp. pp. 255-73 .

‘Defiling Celebrity’, in Modernist Star Maps: Celebrity, Modernity, Culture, ed. Aaron Jaffe and Jonathan Goldman (Farnham and Burlington VT: Ashgate, 2010), pp. 221-36.

‘Airlooms and Influencing Machines’, in Minds, Bodies, Machines, 1770-1930, ed. Deirdre Coleman and Hilary Fraser (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), pp. 39-60.

‘A Philosophy of Fidgets’, in Touched, ed. Paul Domela (Liverpool: Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, 2011), pp. 30-7.

‘Rage, Rage Against the Dying of Delight’, in Crrritic! Sighs, Cries, Lies, Insults, Outbursts, Hoaxes, Disasters, Letters of Resignation, and Various Other Noises Off in These the First and Last Days of Literary Criticism … Not to Mention the University, ed. John Schad and Oliver Tearle (Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, 2011), pp. 63-78.

‘Personifikationen/Personifications’, in Ars Viva 2011-12: Sprache/Language: Erik Bünger, Philipp Goldbach, Jeurgen Stach (Berlin: Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft, 2011), pp. 34-47.

Florilegium, in Heide Hatry: Not A Rose, ed. Heide Hatry (Milan and New York: Charta, 2012), pp. 50-3.

‘-sistence’, in Nina Canell, Into The Eyes As Ends of Hair (London: Cubitt Gallery, 2012), pp. 5-16.

‘De Profundis Clamavi’, in Mikhail Karikis and Uriel Orlow, Sounds From Beneath (Brussels: Sub Rosa, 2012), pp. 20-23.

‘Mutatis Mutandis’, in Annie Cattrell, (Inverness: Timepsan and Inverness Museum and Gallery, 2012), pp. 31-41.

‘Accidence’, in (.) Imogen Stidworthy (London: Matt’s Gallery/Maastricht: Jan van Eyck Academie, 2012), pp. 63-79.

‘Soft Machines: Looking Through X-rays’, in The Moderns: Wie sich das 20. Jahrhundert in Kunst und Wissenschaft erfunden hat, ed. Cathrin Pichler and Susanne Neuburger (New York and Vienna: Springer, 2012), pp. 207-18.

‘Sounding Out Film’, in The Oxford Handbook of New Audiovisual Aesthetics, ed. John Richardson, Claudia Gorbman and Carol Vernallis (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 107-20.

‘Exhaust: On Aerial Rejectamenta’, in Aesthetic Fatigue: Modernity and the Language of Waste, ed. John Scanlan and John F.M. Clark (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013), pp. 71-80.

‘Rustications: Animals in the Urban Mix’, in The Acoustic City, ed. Matthew Gandy and B.J. Nilsen (Berlin: Jovis, 2014), pp. 16-22.

‘ “Was That a Point?” Beckett’s Punctuation’, in The Edinburgh Companion to Beckett and the Arts, ed. S.E. Gontarski (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014), pp. 269-81.

Scilicet: Kittler, Media and Madness’, in Kittler Now: Critical Perspectives in Kittler Studies, ed. Stephen Sale and Laura Salisbury (Cambridge and Malden MA: Polity, 2015), pp. 115-31.

‘…the rest is smoke’, in Helen Sear:  …the rest is smoke (Cardiff: Ffotogallery Wales, 2015), pp. 11-17.

‘Blissed Out: On Hedonophobia’. in On Happiness: New Ideas For the Twenty-First Century, ed. Camilla Nelson, Deborah Pike and Georgina Ledvinka (Crawley: University of Western Australia Publishing, 2015), pp. 65-80.

‘The Art of Foam and Froth’ and ‘The Matter of Air’, in Choreographie des Klangs – Zwischen Abstraktion und Erzählung/Choreography of Sound: Between Abstraction and Narration, ed. Ekkehard Skoruppa, Marie-Louise Goerke, Gaby Hartel and Hans Sarkowicz (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015), pp. 275-81, 313-6.

‘Literature, Technology and the Senses’, in The Cambridge Companion to the Body in Literature, ed. David Hillman and Ulrika Maude (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp. 177-96.

‘Vocus Pocus’, in This Is A Voice: 64 Exercises to Train, Project and Harness the Power of Your Voice,  ed. Jeremy Fisher and Gillyanne Kayes (London: Profile, 2016).

‘Numbers It Is: The Musemathematics of Modernism’, in Moving Modernisms: Motion, Technology, and Modernity, ed. David Bradshaw, Laura Marcus and Rebecca Roach (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 98-109.

‘The Game of Work: Ai Weiwei and Wittgenstein’, in Ai Wewei: Cubes and Trees (Cambridge: Heong Gallery, Downing College, 2016), pp. 23-7.

‘How To Do Things With Writing Machines’, Writing, Medium, Machine: Modern Technographies, ed. Sean Pryor and David Trotter (London: Open Humanities Press, 2016), pp. 18-34.

‘Modernism After Postmodernism’, The Cambridge History of Modernism, ed Vincent Sherry (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), pp. 820-34.

‘Two-step, Nerve-tap, Tanglefoot: Tapdance Typologies in Cinema’, in Sounding Modernism: Rhythm and Sonic Mediation in Modern Literature and Film, ed. Julian Murphet, Helen Groth and Penelope Hone (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017), pp. 211-27.

‘Parables of the Para-’, in Parasites: Exploitation and Interference in French Thought and Culture, ed. Matt Phillips and Tomas Weber (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2018), pp. 13-29.

‘Imaginary Energies: The Arts of Perpetuity’, in Energies in the Arts, ed. Douglas Kahn (Cambridge MA and London: MIT Press, 2019), pp. 57-85.

‘In Public’, in Further Reading, ed. Matthew Rubery and Leah Price (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020), pp. 51-61.

‘Admiring the Nothing of It: Shakespeare and the Senseless’, in Shakespeare/Sense: Contemporary Readings in Sensory Culture, ed. Simon Smith (London: Bloomsbury 2020), pp. 40-61.

‘Datelines’, in The Palgrave Handbook of Mathematics and Literature, ed. Alice Jenkins, Robert Tubbs and Nina Engelhardt (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), pp. 513-28.

‘Scaphander’, in Extinct: A Compendium of Obsolete Objects, ed. Barbara Penner, Adrian Forty, Olivia Horsfall Turner and Miranda Critchley (London: Reaktion, 2021), pp. 277-9.

Afterword‘, in Laura Marcus, Rhythmical Subjects: The Measures of the Modern (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2023), pp. 309-14.

Essays in Journals

Samuel Beckett’s Animals‘, Journal of Beckett Studies, 8 (1982): 29-42.

`Myth as Multiplicity in Walter Pater’s Greek Studies and “Denys l’Auxerrois” ‘, Review of English Studies, 34 (1983): 28-42.

` “Speaking Likenesses”: Language and Repetition in Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market‘, Victorian Poetry, 22 (1984): 439-48.

‘The Modern and the Postmodern as History’, Essays in Criticism, 37 (1987): 181-92.

`The Flag on the Road: Bruce Springsteen and the Live’, New Formations, 3 (1987): 129-37.

`Mystics, Myths and Fakers’, [with Lynda Nead], Times Higher Education Supplement, 764 (June 26, 1987): 15.

` “Traduttore, Traditore”: Samuel Beckett’s Translation of Mercier et Camier‘, Journal of Beckett Studies, 11/12 (1989): 27-46.

` “They’re All In One Story”: Public and Private Narratives in Oliver Twist‘, The Dickensian, 85 (1989): 2-16.

`Beckett and His Critics’, LJ, 1:1 (1990): 26-7.

`George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and the Politics of Narrative’, English Review, 1 (1991).

`Problems in the Critique of Postmodernism’ (Interview with Chung-Ho Chung), Contemporary World Literature (Seoul), 26 (1991): 102-37.

`On and Of Value: A Reply to Antony Easthope’s “The Question of Literary Value” ‘, Textual Practice, 5 (1991): 24-31.

`Negativity and the Question of Value: Beckett’s Worstward Ho‘, Paragraph, 15 (1992): 121-35.

`The Strangeness of Charles Dickens’, English Review, 2 (1992): 2-6.

`Dead? Or Alive? Edwin Drood and the Work of Mourning’, The Dickensian 89 (1993): 1-18.

`The Poetry of the Meantime: Terry Eagleton and the Politics of Style’, The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, ed. Stephen Regan (Oxford: Blackwell, 1994), pp. 244-64.

‘Cultural Studies and Philosophy’ (Questionnaire Response), Parallax, 1 (1995): 94-5.

‘Reading: The Contretemps‘, in Strategies of Reading: Dickens and After, special issue of Yearbook of English Studies, 26 (1996): 232-48.

‘Transcripts: Law, Literature and the Trials of the Voice’, New Formations, 32 (1997): 60-76.

‘Fascination, Skin and the Screen’, Critical Quarterly, 40 (1998): 9-24.

‘CP: Or, A Few Don’ts By A Cultural Phenomenologist’, Parallax, 5 (1999): 17-31.

‘Integuments: The Scar, The Sheen, the Screen’, New Formations, 39 (1999): 32-54.

‘Slow Going’, Yearbook of English Studies, 30 (2000): 153-65.

‘Making An Issue of Cultural Phenomenology’, Critical Quarterly, special issue on ‘Cultural Phenomenology’, ed. Steven Connor and David Trotter, 42.1 (2000): 2-6.

‘Coming to Bits’, REAL: Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature, 17 (2001), ‘Literary History/Cultural History’, ed. Herbert Grabes, pp. 311-23.

‘Kasvetli Ev’in Yayalari’, trans. Mehmet H. Dogan, Kitap-Lik, 49 (2001): 171-80; Turkish translation of‘Consequential Ground: The Foot Passengers of Bleak House.

‘Itch, or The Gentle Stranger’, Parallax, 19 (2001): 20-30.

‘The Decomposing Voice of Postmodern Music’, New Literary History, 32 (2001): 467-83.

‘The Shame of Being a Man’, Textual Practice, 15 (2001): 211-30.

‘ “A Door Half Open To Surprise”: Charles Madge’s Imminences’, New Formations, 44 (2001): 52-62.

‘Men in Skirts’, Women: A Cultural Review, 13 (2002): 257-71.

‘Maculate Conceptions’, Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, 1 (2003): 49-63.

‘Weird Science’, New Formations, Special Issue, Remembering the 1990s, ed Joe Brooker and Roger Luckhurst, 50 (2003): 94-105.

‘Dickens, The Haunting Man’, Literature Compass, 1 (2003) VI 034: 1-11. Online at <>

‘Topologies: Michel Serres and the Shapes of Thought’, Anglistik, 15 (2004): 105-17.

‘Walking Out’, Contemporary, 59 (2004): 54-5.

‘Cutaneous: An Interview With Steven Connor’, Cabinet: A Quarterly of Art and Culture, 13 (2004): 44-8.

‘Chronic Fatigue’, Performance Research, 9 (2004): 54-8.

‘Ears Have Walls: On Hearing Art’, FO A RM, 4 (2005): 44-57. Reprinted in Sound, ed. Caleb Kelly (London and Cambridge MA: Whitechapel Gallery and MIT Press, 2011), pp. 129-39.

‘Steam Radio: On Theatre’s Thin Air’, Performance Research, 10 (2005): 4-17.

‘Volts From the Blue’, Cabinet, 21 (2006): 72-6.

The Menagerie of the Senses, The Senses and Society, 1 (2006): 9-26. In Italian as ‘Il “menage” dei sensi’, trans. Guiliano Bacigalupo, Orsetta Innocenti and Francesco Ghelli, I cinque sensi (per tacer del sesto): Atti della Scuola Europea di Studi Comparati, Bertinoro, 28 agosto – 4 settembre 2005, ed. Francesco Ghelli (Florence: Le Monnier, 2007), pp. 29-45

‘Flysight’, Cabinet, 25 (2007): 78-84.

‘Gasworks’, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 6 (2008) (online journal).

‘Next to Nothing’ , Tate Etc, 12 (2008): 82-93.

‘The Shakes: Conditions of Tremor‘, The Senses and Society, 3 (2008): 205-20.

‘On Such and Such a Day…In Such a World': Beckett’s Radical Finitude. In Borderless Beckett/Beckett sans frontières, Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui, 19 (2008): 35-50.

‘Le Voci Dentro e Fuori di Noi’, (interview with Enzo Mansueto), Rodeo, 43 (2008): 66.

‘The Right Stuff’, Modern Painters (March 2009): 58-63.

Strings in the Earth and Air‘, New Formations (Special Issue on Postmodernism, Music and Cultural Theory, ed. David Bennett ), 66 (2009), 58-67.

‘Pulverulence’, Cabinet, 35 (2009): 71-77.

‘Absolute Levity’, Comparative Critical Studies, 6 (2009): 411-27.

‘Thinking Things’, Textual Practice, 24 (2010): 1-20.

‘All I Believed is True: Dickens under the Influence’, in 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 10 (2010).

‘Auscultations’, Sound Effects, 1 (2011), 5-18.

‘Chiasmus’, Studies in Musical Theatre, 6 (2012):8-27.

‘Spelling Things Out’, New Literary History, 45 (2014): 183-97.

Guys and Dolls‘, Women: A Cultural Review, 26 (2015): 129-41.

‘Choralities’, Twentieth-Century Music, 13 (2016): 3-23.

‘Decomposing the Humanities’, New Literary History 47 (2016): 275-88. Reprinted in Latour and the Humanities, ed Rita Felski and Stephen Muecke (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020), pp. 158-74.

‘The Return of Finitude’, Textual Practice, 30 (2016): 1165-6.

‘Acousmanie’ [in French], trans. Marie Verry, in Max Feed: Oeuvre et héritage, ed. Daniele Balit, special issue hors-série, Revue d’ailleurs (Besançon) (2018), 67-72.

‘Unwired’, Dirty Furniture. 4 (2018): 136-43.

‘Telling the Future’, Cabinet, 65 (2018): 69-71.

‘The Matter of Beckett’s Facts’, Journal of Beckett Studies, 28 (2019): 5-18.

‘Professing’, Critical Quarterly, 61 (2019): 41-8.

Terry Eagleton’s Divine Comedy‘, Theory Now, 5 (2022): 82-98.

Consorting‘, Critical Quarterly, 64 (2022), 14-19.

‘Asphyxiations’, SubStance, 52 (2023), 74-8.

Review Articles and Longer Reviews

Review of Tobin Siebers, The Ethics of Criticism (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1988), in Textual Practice, 6 (1992): 354-63.

Review Essay: Thomas Trezise, Into the Breach: Samuel Beckett and the Ends of Literature (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990); Leslie Hill, Beckett’s Fiction: In Other Words (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990); David Watson, Paradox and Desire in Beckett’s Fiction (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1991), in Journal of Beckett Studies, NS, 2 (1992): 121-9.

Review of Marguerite Alexander, Flights From Realism: Themes and Strategies in Postmodern British and American Fiction (London: Edward Arnold, 1990); Gregory Ulmer, Teletheory: Grammatology in the Age of Video (New York and London: Routledge, 1989); Jon Stratton, Writing Sites: A Genealogy of the Postmodern World (Hemel Hempstead: Harvester, 1990), in Textual Practice, 7 (1993): 305-16.

`How to Pay Attention’, review of Terry Eagleton, The Crisis of Contemporary Culture (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993) and Colin McCabe, On the Eloquence of the Vulgar: A Justification of the Study of Film and Television(London: British Film Institute, 1993), in Times Literary Supplement, 4704 (May 28, 1993): 15-16.

Review of John Schad, The Reader in the Dickensian Mirrors: Some New Language (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1992), in Swansea Review, 11 (1993): 73-80.

`Honour Bound?’, rev. of Cultural Pluralism and Moral Knowledge, ed. Ellen Frankel Paul, Fred D. Miller, Jr. and Jeffrey Paul (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994); John Frow, Cultural Studies and Cultural Value(Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995); Frank Henderson Stewart, Honor (Chicago and London: Chicago University Press, 1994); David Parker, Ethics, Theory and the Novel (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994); Gary Saul Morson, Narrative and Freedom: The Shadows of Time (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1994), in Times Literary Supplement, 4840 (January 5, 1996), pp. 24-6.

Review of Janet Beizer, Ventriloquized Bodies: Narratives of Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century France (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1994), in Women: A Cultural Review, 6.3 (1995): 327-31.

`Balancing the Book’, rev. of Mark Osteen, The Economy of Ulysses: Making Both Ends Meet (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1995), in James Joyce Broadsheet, 44 (June 1996): 1.

Review of Embodied Voices: Representing Female Vocality in Western Culture, ed. Leslie C. Dunn and Nancy A. Jones (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994); Felicia Miller Frank, The Mechanical Song: Women, Voice, and the Artificial in Nineteenth-Century French Narrative (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1995); Claire Kahane, Passions of the Voice: Hysteria, Narrative, and the Figure of the Speaking Woman, 1850-1915 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995), inWomen: A Cultural Review, 7 (1996): 309-16.

‘How He Was’, rev. of James Knowlson, Damned to Fame: The Life of Samuel Beckett (London: Bloomsbury Press, 1996) and Anthony Cronin, Samuel Beckett: The Last Modernist (London: Harper Collins, 1996), in Bullan: An Irish Studies Journal, 4.1 (1998): 121-6.

Spending and Spirit‘, rev. of Regenia Gagnier, The Insatiability of Human Wants: Economics and Aesthetics in Market Society (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2000), in Women: A Cultural Review, 12.2 (2001): 249-51.

Ghosts in the Machine‘, rev. of Gaby Wood, Living Dolls: A Magical History of the Quest for Mechanical Life(London: Faber, 2002), in Guardian, March 2, 2002.

‘K is for Kite’, rev. of David E. Newton, Encyclopedia of Air (Westport CT: Greenwood Press, 2004), in Times Literary Supplement, 5288 (August 6, 2004), p. 26.

‘Vox Pox’, rev. of Mladen Dolar, A Voice and Nothing More (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2006) and Marc Shell,Stutter (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2006), in Bookforum, 13 (April/May 2006), p. 30.

Review of Marina Warner, Phantasmagoria: Spirit Visions, Metaphors, and Media Into the Twenty-First Century(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), in The Independent, 27 October, 2006.

Review of Malcolm Andrews, Charles Dickens and His Performing Selves (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), in The Dickensian, 103 (2007): 235-7.

Review of Nicholas Daly, Literature, Technology and Modernity, 1860-2000 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), in Modern Language Review, 103 (2008): 207-8.

Thinking Perhaps Begins There: The Question of the Animal. A review of Animal Philosophy: Essential Readings in Continental Thought, ed. Peter Atterton and Matthew Calarco ( London and New York: Continuum, 2004), Giorgio Agamben, The Open: Man and Animal, trans. Kevin Attrell (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004),Renaissance Beasts: Of Animals, Humans and Other Wonderful Creatures, ed. Erica Fudge (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2004) and The Animals Reader: The Essential Classic and Contemporary Writings, ed. Linda Kalof and Amy Fitzgerald (Oxford and New York: Berg, 2007), in Textual Practice 21 (2007): 577-84. [pdf version]

Review of Peter Sloterdijk, Terror From the Air, trans. Amy Patton and Steve Corcoran (Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), 2009), Rage and Time: A Psychopolitical Investigation, trans. Mario Wenning (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010) and God’s Zeal: The Battle of the Three Monotheisms, trans. Wieland Hoban (Cambridge and Malden MA: Polity Press, 2009), in Critical Quarterly, 53 (2011): 107-12.

‘String Theories’, review of Kenneth Gross, Puppet: An Essay on Uncanny Life (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011), in Literary Review, 392 (October 2011): 22-3.

‘One’s Thousand One Nightinesses’, review of Marina Warner, Stranger Magic: Charmed States and The Arabian Nights (London: Chatto and Windus, 2011), in London Review of Books, 34.6 (22 March 2012): 14-16.

Münchhausen Manoeuvres. An extended version of a review of Slavoj Žižek, Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism (London and New York: Verso, 2012) and Seán Sheehan, Žižek: A Guide for the Perplexed, an edited version of which was published in the Times Literary Supplement, 26th October, 2012, pp. 21-2. [pdf version]

Disasters Galore, review of Nostradamus: The Prophecies, trans. Richard Sieburth (London and New York: Penguin, 2012), London Review of Books, 34.18 (27 September 2012): 15-16.



‘Dissolving the People’ in ‘The People’ and British Literature, ed. Matthew Taunton and Benjamin Kohlmann (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2024).

‘Michel Serres and Glory’, in Angelaki (2024).

‘Greed’ in George Orwell in Context, ed. Nathan Waddell (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2025).