Dr John Attridge

Senior Lecturer

B.A. (Honours Class I)

University of Sydney


University of Sydney

School of the Arts & Media


+61 2 9385 4484
+61 2 9385 6812
228, Level 2 Robert Webster
Kensington Campus
Fields: Comparative Literature Studies, British and Irish Literature, North American Literature, Literature in French
Tags: Languages and literature

I am a Senior Lecturer in English in the School of the Arts and Media. My main research field is modernist literature, with particular focuses on modernist conceptions of authorship, the relationship between literature and specialization, modernist responses to new media, and the cultural history of trust. I am co-editor of a collection entitled Modernist Work: Labor, Aesthetics, and the Work of Art (2019) and my essays have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such ELH, Modernism/modernity, Modern Fiction Studies and NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction.

Forthcoming publications

"'La vaste rumeur d'autrefois': noise, memory and mediation in A la recherche du temps perdu", Modernism/modernity 26, no. 3 (2019).

"Live for me: vicarious experience and aesthetic education in The Ambassadors and Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship", NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction (forthcoming).


Teaching and Supervision

I convene "ARTS2036 Modernism Text and Screen" and "ARTS3054The Getting of Wisdom: Youth, Literature and the Formation of the Self". I welcome PhD and Honours projects on literary modernism broadly defined, and especially any of the research areas listed in this profile.

Honours and prizes

ANU Humanities Research Centre Fellow 2016

Bruce Harkness Young Conrad Scholar Award 2010

Harry Ransom Center Fellow 2009-10

Australian Postgraduate Award

Engagement and Professional contributions

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