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Dr Christina Lupton


Associate Professor (Reader)

Email: C dot Lupton at warwick dot ac dot uk

Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL


I have been a Reader in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies since 2012. Before coming to Warwick, I taught at the University of British Columbia and the University of Michigan as well as at the Univeristies of Lund and Copenhagen. My new book, Reading and the Making of Time (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018) describes how the materiality of codex book reading orientates us in time (the day, the week, the lifetime, and in relation to the future). It draws on research into the lives and letters of eighteenth- and early ninteenth-century readers and engages with wider theorietcial debates in the humanities and book history about how we are to understand and register reading as an event that involves and matters in terms of both time and space.

I wrote this project with the support of a Humboldt Fellowship in 2012 and a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in 2016-17. My first book, Knowing Books: the Consciousness of Mediation in Eighteenth-Century Britian, is about self-consciousness and media awareness in mid-eighteenth-century England, and describes the way novels, poetry, graffiti, and sermons from the period draw attention to their own properties as surfaces. I have also written on "it-narratives" in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, on German literature, and on contemporary fiction in light of questions of mediation and materiality.

I am driector of the Warwick Humanities Research Center and a board member of the US based English Institute. I speak regularly in the US and UK on questions of media usage, reading, and the lives of books. I also publish regularly as an essayist in venues including LARB, TLS, Public Books, and N+1 about reading, time-use, and contemporary fiction (see below for links)

Research interests

Eighteenth-century literature; the historical experience of time; theories of the novel; it-narratives; material cultural studies; theories of media and mediation; systems theory in a literary context.

Teaching and supervision

I supervise projects on eighteenth-century literature, those working at the intersection of media history and literary practice, and students interested more generally in the ways literary texts from all periods engage with their material and institutional contexts. At Warwick, I currently teach the modules "Fiction Now" and "Literature, Theory, and Time."

Recent publications


Reading and the Making of Time, Johns Hopkins University Press: Baltimore, forthcoming May 2018.

Knowing Books: The Consciousness of Mediation in Eighteenth-Century Britain, University of Pennsylvania Press: Philadelphia, 2012.

Ed. Jane Austen, Pride and Predjudice, Oxford World Classics, forthcoming 2019.

Recent Articles

Literature and Contingency, a special issue of Textual Practice, ed. Christina Lupton and Carsten Meiner, forthcoming Spring 2018.

"Repeat" forthcoming in Further Reading, ed Matthew Rubery and Leah Price, OUP, 2018.

“Paper Ontologies: Reading Sterne with Bruno Latour,” Textual Practice, Volume 30, No 1, Winter 2017

“The Novel as the Future Anterior of the Book: Tom McCarthy's Remainder and Ali Smith's The Accidental,” NOVEL, Volume 49, No 3, Fall 2016. pp 504-18.

with Sean Silver, "Latour and Eighteenth-Century Literary Studies" The Eighteenth Century, Vol 57, No 2, Summer 2016. pp 165-179.

“Immersing the Network in Time: from the Where to the When of Print Reading, Proceedings of the English Institute 2014, special issue of ELH, Vol 83, No 2, Summer 2016. 299-317.

Codex, Contingency, the Eighteenth-Century Novel” ELH, 81.4, Nov 2014. 1173-1192

"Gender, Materiality and Metaphor on the Eighteenth-Century Page," Studies in English Literature,1500-1900, 54:3, Summer 2014. 605-624.

With Alexander Dick, “On Lecturing and Being Beautiful: Zadie Smith, Elaine Scarry, and the Liberal Aesthetic” English Studies in Canada, Summer 2013

Some of my shorter public humanities essays and reviews are here:

Not Loving, Working!

Ferrante on/as Good Sex

The Searcher of Patterns and the Keeper of Things

Reading Social Democracy in Translation

To Read is to Choose

After Mothers' Day 

In Praise of Distraction

Is Our Work Done?

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  • MA (Sussex)
  • PhD (Rutgers)

Office hours (in HU.515)

Tuesday 1-2 and Wednesday and Thursdays by appointment.