Professor and Director of the Humanties Research Centre
Email: C dot Lupton at warwick dot ac dot uk
Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
I teach the theory of the book, very broadly defined, and work on the history of reading from the eighteenth century to the present. At Warwick my courses include modules on literature and time, the eighteenth century, and contemporary fiction and media theory. I supervise students in all of these areas. My recent research has been into the history of reading as an activity that is both materially defined by the codex format, and politically tied up with the history of work and leisure. Reading and the Making of Time (JHU, 2018) explores these themes in the context of a group of eighteenth-century readers, largely women, and mostly professionals, who make and struggle for time for books in their lives. You can read a review of it here: The Book is a Time Machine or an extract of it here at LitHub
My new project, Paid Leaves: Literature, Work, and Time since 1970 explores the way different strands of twentieth-century theory have imagined the reorganization of the worker’s day and the time to be given to education. I am interested in particular in the work of Michel Serres, Jacques Rancière, Peter Weiss, Siegfried Kracauer, Hannah Arendt, and Raymond Williams and in recent fictions that engage with the realtionship between work, reading, and temporal experience.
Reading and the Making of Time was supported by a Leverhulme Fellowship and a Humboldt Fellowship. I have recently organised conferences on the topics of Literature and Contingency (now published as a special issue of Textual Practice) and on the way recent novels travel in translation. I direct the Warwick Humanities Research Center and sit on the board of the US English Institute. I also write on contemporary issues and media use for publications on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Los Angeles Review of Books, Public Books, n+1 and the TLS, and I speak regularly in both European and North American contexts on contemporary and eighteenth-century themes.
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.
Reading and the Making of Time, Johns Hopkins University Press: Baltimore, August 2018: https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/content/reading-and-making-time-eighteenth-century
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.
Literature and Contingency, a special issue of Textual Practice, ed. Christina Lupton and Carsten Meiner, Spring 2018: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/pQaHYrGtqzCX3UzmpeMU/full
"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:
- MA (Sussex)
- PhD (Rutgers)
Talks in 2017-18
Nov 16-17th, 2018 Post45 Meeting, Oxford
Oct 29th, 2018. Reading Codex and the Making of Time, Cambridge Project for the Book Trust.
Oct 24th, 2018 "Media, Time and the Eighteenth-Century Novel" (with Stuart Sherman), Harvard University.
Oct 19th, 2018. Novel Worlds: Theory + Computation Seminar, McGill University October 2018
October 10th, 2018 "Queer Times for the Straight Book: Maggie Nelson and Michel Serres," LLCL Seminar, Monash University.
September 24th, 2018 "Reading and the Making of Time," Rutgers University Seminar.
September 10th, 2018. "Jane Austen on the Page," Paratexts Workshop, Department of English, Uppsala University
May 25th, 2018. CEMES Seminar on Early Modern Literary History, University of Copenhagen.
May11th, 2018. Hosting "Books Out of Place," HRC Workshop at University of Warwick
April 25th, 2018. “Book Reading and the Materiality of the Future” Yale Prgram in the History of the Book
April 24th, 2018. "When Do We Read?" Columbia University Eighteenth-Century Seminar
April 11th, 2018. Keynote at “Parenthetic Modernity” Conference, Linköping University
January 8-9, 2018. "Workers As Readers: On Coetzee's Youth and the Politcs of Time" and "Repeat Reading" at MLA Covention, NYC.
Feb 1st, 2018. "Re-reading for Happiness," English Dept. Seminar, University of Kent.
Nov 23rd, 2017. "Reading in the Future: Godwin and the Time of the Book," English PGR Seminar Series, Queen Mary.
Nov 17th, 2017. "Reading and the Lifetime of Happiness," Experiencing Time Seminar, University of Warwick 17th and 18th Century Seminar
October 27th, 2017. "Medium Free Time," UCLA Centre for 17th and 18th Century Studies, Becoming Media Conference.