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Dr Rob Turner

Lecturer in 20th and 21st-Century Literature


Extension: 2116

Telephone: 01392 722116

Office: Room 210 (hours: Tues 10.30-11.30am, Weds 10.30-12.30pm; please use sign-up sheet on door) 

Rob Turner's research is focused on American literature, with a particular interest in experiments in the epic mode, ranging from Herman Melville to Marguerite Young. Other areas of interest include African American counterfactual writings, the poetics of hip-hop, and early twentieth-century political science-fiction.

His first monograph is titled Counterfeit Culture: Truth and Authenticity in the American Prose Epic Since 1960, and is scheduled for publication by Cambridge University Press in early 2019, where it will form part of the Studies in American Literature and Culture series. This book traces the birth of "alternative facts", mapping the long history of inauthenticity as a conscious American mode. Authors discussed in detail include Thomas Pynchon, Andy Warhol, and William T. Vollmann. 

After completing his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2015, Rob was appointed a Teaching Fellow in American Literature at UCL. He is a regular contributor to the Wire magazine.