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 educated and worked in Australia. I was a Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of New South Wales and I taught in Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney.

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 am the author of Red Modernism and Splatter Capital. I am co-editor of The Cinema of Theo Angelopoulos and Styles of Extinction: Cormac McCarthy's The Road. My essays have appeared in Modernism/modernityTextual Practice, SubStance Screen, Film-PhilosophyScreening the Past, and elsewhere. 

I am writing a book on the narrative forms of class war. The research for this book informs and animates the teaching of my third year module, Insurgent Narratives

I am 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; and on the intersections between contemporary cinema and other media, especially video games. I am also editing a book on a Marxism and Modernism. 

Office Hours (Queen's Building, 306):

Monday 10.30am - 12.00pm 

Tuesday: 2.30pm - 4.00pm