Dr John Attridge

Senior Lecturer

B.A. (Honours Class I)University of Sydney

Ph.D.University of Sydney

School of the Arts & Media


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+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. I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Sydney and taught at the Université Paris 7 before joining UNSW. 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, with Rod Rosenquist, of Incredible Modernism: Literature, Trust and Deception (Ashgate, 2013) and my essays have appeared in journals such ELH, Modernism/modernity, Modern Fiction Studies and The Henry James Review.


    Book Chapters

    • Attridge J, 2018, 'Ford's The Good Soldier', in Haslam S; Colombino L; O’Malley S (ed.), The Routledge Research Companion to Ford Madox Ford, Routledge, Abingdon
    • Attridge J, 2016, 'The Milieu is the Message: Henry James and Mediation', in Pryor S; Trotter D (ed.), Writing, Medium, Machine: Modern Technographies, Open Humanities Press, London, pp. 67 - 84, http://www.openhumanitiespress.org/books/titles/writing-medium-machine/
    • Attridge J, 2016, 'Conrad, G.E. Moore and Idealism', in Hampson R; Baxter KI (ed.), Conrad and Language, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 44 - 63, https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-conrad-and-language-hb.html
    • Attridge J, 2015, 'Mind, body and embarrassment in Henry James's The Awkward Age', in Taylor J (ed.), Modernism and Affect: Feeling in Modern Literature and Culture, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 20 - 38, https://global.oup.com/academic/product/modernism-and-affect-9780748693252
    • Attridge J, 2015, 'Ford and Conrad', in Hawkes R; Chantler A (ed.), An Introduction to Ford Madox Ford, edn. Original, Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 23 - 36, https://www.routledge.com/products/9781472469083
    • Attridge J, 2014, 'Mythomaniac modernism: lying and bullshit in Flann O'Brien', in McDonald R; Murphet J (ed.), Strange Enlightenments: Flann O'Brien and Modernism, Bloomsbury, New York, pp. 27 - 40, http://www.bloomsbury.com/au/flann-obrien-modernism-9781623568757/
    • Attridge J, 2014, ''A taboo on the mention of taboo': Englishness and taciturnity in Parade's End and André Maurois' Les Silences du colonel Bramble', in Hawkes R; Chantler A (ed.), Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End: The First World War, Culture, and Modernity, Rodopi, Amsterdam, pp. 23 - 37, http://rodopi.nl/ntalpha.asp?BookId=IFMFS+13&type=coming&letter=G
    • Attridge J, 2013, 'Episodic trust: self, society and sociology in A la recherche du temps perdu', in Attridge J; Rosenquist R (ed.), Incredible Modernism: Literature, Trust and Deception, edn. 2013, Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 199 - 214
    • Attridge J, 2013, 'Eclecticism and its discontents: Les Ecrits nouveaux (1917-22) and La Revue européenne (1923-31)', in Brooker P; Bru S; Thacker A; Weikop C (ed.), The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines: Volume III: Europe 1880 - 1940, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 203 - 218
    • Attridge J, 2013, 'Introduction: Literature, trust and deception', in Attridge J; Rosenquist R (ed.), Incredible Modernism: Literature, Trust and Deception, edn. 2013, Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 1 - 20
    • Attridge J, 2010, 'Liberalism and Modernism in the Edwardian Era: New Liberals at Ford's English Review', in Harding J (ed.), Ford Madox Ford, Modernist Magazines and Editing, edn. Original, Rodopi, Amsterdam, pp. 169 - 184
    • Attridge J, 2010, 'Murray Bail', in Shaffer BW (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction, edn. Original, Wiley-Blackwell, UK
    • Attridge J, 2008, ''We Will Listen to None but Specialists': Ford, the rise of specialization, and the English Review', in Gasiorek A; Moore D (ed.), Ford Madox Ford. Literary Networks and Cultural Transformations, edn. Original, Rodopi, Amsterdam, pp. 29 - 42
    • Attridge J, 2005, ''I Don't Read Novels ... I Know What's in ‘em': Impersonality, Impressionism and Responsibility in Parade’s End', in Reynier C; Ganteau J-M (ed.), Impersonality and Emotion in Twentieth-Century British Literature, edn. Original, Montpellier, France

    Journal articles

    Edited Books

    • 2013, Incredible Modernism: Literature, Trust and Deception, Ashgate, Farnham


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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