Dr Mark Steven

Lecturer in 20th and 21st Century Literature (E&R)


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Telephone: 01392 724066

I joined the University of Exeter as a Lecturer in 20th- and 21st-Century Literature in January 2018. Before then, I was a Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of New South Wales. 

Broadly speaking, my research is interested in how the narrative arts respond to the vicissitudes of modern capitalism, to the experience of socialism, and to the possibility of communism. I have published extensively in the field of modernism, and I maintain personal, professional, and political interests in the aesthetics of horror and in the discursive field of Marxism.

I published two books in 2017: Red Modernism and Splatter Capital. I have published essays in Modernism/modernity, Screen, Textual Practice, Film-Philosophy, and elsewhere. I am co-editor of The Cinema of Theo Angelopoulos and Styles of Extinction: Cormac McCarthy's The Road

I am in the early stages of a project on the narrative forms of class warfare in the long twentieth century. I will be presenting preliminary work from this project in the second half of 2018, and it will inform and animate the teaching of my new third year module, Insurgent Narratives: Class Warfare in the Long Twentieth Century

I am also working on a number of smaller projects: on narratives of finance capital; on the afterlives of H. P. Lovecraft; on the Bay of Pigs in American literature; on the intersections between contemporary cinema and other media, especially video games; and on several filmmakers (Griffith, Haneke, Tarr), poets (Rukeyser, Niedecker, Ashbery), and authors (Beckett, Kushner, McCarthy). 

I have written journalism and have been featured in interviews and articles for national and international media (The Big Issue, Sight and Sound, The Conversation, New Matilda, Cosmopolitan, Sydney Review of Books, Southerly). I would be happy to talk to the media or speak in public about any aspect of my research.

Upcoming talks: 

“Red Army Rules: Constructivism and Militarization in the Soviet 20s.” EAM. 5-7 September, University of Münster, Germany.

“Guerrilla Field Manuals and the Fight for Latin America.” Historical Materialism: Taking on the Right. 8-11 November, Russel Square, UK.