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Dr Rick Crownshaw

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PositionSenior Lecturer
Email r.crownshaw (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7432
Dr Rick Crownshaw

Dr Rick Crownshaw was appointed by Goldsmiths in 2005, before which he was a lecturer in the Department of American Studies, Keele University, 2000-2001, and the Department of English, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2001-2005. 

Academic qualifications

  • BA English and American Studies (Keele University, 1993)
  • MA in Post-1945 American Literature and Literary Theory (University of Sussex, 1994)
  • DPhil in American Literature (University of Sussex, 2000)

Teaching

Current undergraduate teaching:

  • Inventing the Nation: American Literature in the Mid-Nineteenth Century
  • Introduction to American Literature and Culture
  • The American South
  • Modern American Fiction
  • Hollywood Cinema

Current MA teaching:

  • Twenty-First-Century American Fiction
  • American Literature and Culture: Critical and Theoretical Concepts
  • Environmental Crisis and the Contemporary American Novel

Current administrative roles (2014-15):

  • Programme Coordinator and Admissions Tutor for the Pathway in American Literature and Culture, MA in Comparative Literary Studies
  • Admissions Tutor for the BA programme in English and Amerian Literature
  • Chair, MALTC (Spring Term 2015 only)

Previous Administrative roles: 

  • 2007-2012, member of Head of Department’s Curriculum and Planning Committee, Department of English and Comparative Literature (ECL), Goldsmiths
  • 2005-2012, member of Undergraduate Learning and Teaching Committee, ECL, Goldsmiths
  • 2005-6, Admissions Tutor, BA English and American Literature Programme, ECL, Goldsmiths
  • 2006-9, Admissions Tutor, English and English and History, ECL, Goldsmiths
  • 2009-2012, English and America Literature Programme Co-ordinator, ECL Goldsmiths
  • 2006-present, Admissions Tutor, MA in Comparative Literary Studies – pathway in American Literature and Culture, ECL, Goldsmiths
  • 2006-present, Pathway Coordinator, MA in Comparative Literary Studies – pathway in American Literature and Culture, ECL, Goldsmiths
  • 2010-14, Exams Officer and Chair of the Exam Board for Department of ECL, Goldsmiths 

Areas of supervision

Rick currently supervises doctoral theses on nineteenth-, twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature and culture. In addition to American literary studies (particularly twenty-first-century fiction), he is keen to supervise projects in the areas of Cultural Memory and Trauma Studies; Fictions of the Anthropocene (inlcuding narratives of climate change/oil/fossil fuels/energy/environmental catastrophe). 

Current students:

  • Gilles Vandervinnit, ‘The Influence of Nineteenth-Century American Literature on Twenty-First-Century American Fiction' (2011-), co-supervised.
  • James Noel, ‘Minstrelsy in the work of Herman Melville’ (2010-).

Completed:

  • Jennie Tabak-Neiding, ‘Grief and Mourning in the Work of Tennessee Williams’ (2010), co-supervised.
  • Sally Miller, ‘Trauma and the Work of J.G. Ballard’ (2006).
  • Jessica Rapson, ‘Literature and Landscapes of Holocaust Memory’ (2011)
  • Lucy Bond (AHRC-funded), ‘US Representations of 9/11 and Memory Studies in Theory and Practice’ (2011).
  • Chris Lloyd, ‘The Persistence of Regionalism in Recent Representations of the American South’ (2014).

PhD Examinations:

  • The University of Sussex (2008), candidate Ana Foca, supervisor Prof. Peter Boxall;
  • Birkbeck, University of London (2009), candidate Reina van der Wiel, supervisor Dr Jo Winning;
  • Queen Mary (2009), candidate Tamar Steinitz, supervisor Prof. Jacqueline Rose;
  • Royal Holloway (2010), candidate Esther Jilovsky, supervisor Dr Zoe Waxman;
  • University of Melbourne (2010), candidate Yu Ting Huang, supervisor Dr Grace Moore;
  • Goldsmiths (2010), candidate Angie Simons, supervisor Prof. Josh Cohen;
  • University of Essex (2011), candidate Danielle Mortimer, supervisor Dr Owen Robinson;
  • Birkbeck (2012), candidate Zara Dinnen, supervisor Dr Joe Brooker;
  • Royal Holloway (2013), candidate Charlie Lee-Potter, supervsior Prof. Tim Amrstrong  

Featured work  

Conferences

Research networks:

  • Co-organiser/co-founder: The Natural History of Memory (http://naturalhistoryofmemory.wordpress.com)
  • Co-organiser, Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies (http://www.mnemonics.ugent.be)
  • Co-organiser of the Cultural Memory Seminar Series, Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies/Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London
  • Co-organiser of the Cultural Memory and Ethics Research Seminar Series, hosted by the Department of English, Faculty of Humanities, Manchester Metropolitan University (2003-4)

Conference organisation:

  • Co-organiser, The Natural History of Memory (colloquia in London and Ghent), 2014
  • Co-organiser, Memory and Restitution, Goldsmiths-University of Westminster, 2013.
  • Co-organiser, Transcultural Memory, with the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory, Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London, February 2010
  • Co-organiser of The Future of Memory: An International Holocaust and Trauma Studies Conference, with Salford University and University of Manchester, November 2005
  • Co-organiser  of  the conference  The  Politics of Cultural Memory, along with members of the Centre for the Study of Location, Visuality and Memory, Faculty of Art and Design, Manchester Metropolitan University, November 2004
  • Co-organiser of the conference American Mourning, School of American Studies, Keele University, May 2001

Papers presented

  • July 2014, ‘Oil Pasts and Oil Futures in Contemporary American Fiction’, The Natural History of Memory, University of Ghent
  • April 2014, ‘Oil Pasts and Oil Futures in Contemporary American Fiction’, British Association of American Studies Conference, University of Birmingham
  • March 2014, ‘Oil Pasts and Oil Futures in Contemporary American Fiction’, ‘Environmental Futures, Worldly Speculations’ Panel, American Comparative Literature Association, NYU
  • August, 2011, ‘Memory Studies and the Turn to Perpetrator Testimony’, The Future of Testimony Conference, University of Salford
  • April, 2011, Invited speaker, ‘Memory Studies and Perpetrator Fictions’, Centre for Literature and Trauma, University of Ghent
  • March, 2011, ‘Global and screen memory: The Fiction of Shamsie, Huston, and Sansal’, ‘Memory: Silence, Screen and Spectacle’, ‘Travelling Trauma and Cosmopolitan Memory’ Panel, American Comparative Literature Association, Vancouver
  • March, 2011, Invited Speaker, ‘Global and screen memory: The Fiction of Shamsie, Huston, and Sansal’, ‘Memory: Silence, Screen and Spectacle’ Conference, New School for Social Research (New York)
  • March 2010, ‘Memory Studies and Apologetic Perpetrator’, ‘The Limits of Memory’ Conference, New School for Social Research (New York)
  • April, 2008, Invited speaker, ‘Postmemory after 1989’, Narratives in Transition: Literature after 1989, Birkbeck, University of London
  • September, 2007, Key-note speaker, ‘The Media and the Dynamics of Cultural Memory: An International Symposium for Young Researchers’, Justus-Liebig-University, Gießen
  • June 2007, ‘Rereading The Reader: Remembering the Perpetrator’, From Perpetrators to Victims? Constructions and Representations of ‘German Wartime Suffering’, University of Leeds
  • June, 2005, ‘Foreshadowing the Holocaust: W.G. Sebald's Austerlitz and Theories of Memory and Photography,’ Memory and displacement: a seminar on W. G. Sebald, held at the Wiener Library in association with Goldsmiths, University of London
  • November, 2004, ‘Reconsidering Postmemory: Photography, the Archive and Post-Holocaust Memory in W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz,’ The Politics of Memory, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • May, 2004, ‘Performing Memory in Holocaust Museums,’ part of the seminar series of the Centre for the Study of Location, Visuality and Memory, Manchester Institute for Research Initiative in Art and Design, held at Imperial War Museum North
  • March, 2004, ‘Reconsidering Postmemory: Photography, the Archive and Post-Holocaust Memory in W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz,’ University of Manitoba, Mosaic Photography and Literature conference 

Research Interests

Current research interests:

Nineteenth-century American literature; post-1945 and twenty-first-century American fiction; American cultural memory and trauma; fictions of the Anthropocene (inlcuding narratives of climate change/oil/fossil fuels/energy/environmental catastrophe). 

Current research project:

Crude Memories: Resourcing Remembrance in Contemporary American Fiction

The Deepwater Horizon spill of 2010 has catalyzed a small but growing body of research on the relationship between oil and culture. In particular, petrofiction studies has drawn on postcolonialism, ecocriticism and the transnational turn in literary studies in mapping out the global and environmental implications of oil production, transit and consumption, energy (in)securities and dependencies. By considering the ways in which oil can resource acts of cultural remembrance and forgetting, my current monograph-length project brings a new critical approach, that of memory studies, to the field of enquiry. Broadly speaking, this project explores recent American petrofictions and the way that they remember the geopolitical history of petrocapitalism in a society forgetful of the constitutive role of oil in everyday American life, the role played by oil in environmental catastrophe, and the melancholic attachments to oil in the projection of a post-oil future. 

Publications

Book

The Afterlife of Holocaust Memory in Contemporary Literature and Culture
Crownshaw, Richard. 2010. The Afterlife of Holocaust Memory in Contemporary Literature and Culture. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230581876

Edited Book

Transcultural Memory
Crownshaw, Richard, ed. 2014. Transcultural Memory. London and NY: Routledge. ISBN 978-0415824484

Book Section

Cultural Memory Studies in the Epoch of the Anthropocene
Crownshaw, Richard. 2015. Cultural Memory Studies in the Epoch of the Anthropocene. In: Lucy Bond; Stef Craps and Pieter Vermeulen, eds. Memory Unbound: Tracing the Dynamics of Memory Studies. Oxford: Berghahn.

A Natural History of Testimony?
Crownshaw, Richard. 2014. A Natural History of Testimony? In: Jane Kilby and Antony Rowland, eds. The Future of Testimony: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Witnessing. London and NY: Routledge, pp. 160-177. ISBN 978-0415854450

Depoliticizing and Repoliticizing Holocaust Memory
Crownshaw, Richard. 2014. Depoliticizing and Repoliticizing Holocaust Memory. In: Jenni Adams, ed. The Bloomsbury Companion to Holocaust Literature. London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 219-236. ISBN 978-1441129086

Reading in the Library of Catastrophe: W. G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn
Crownshaw, Richard. 2013. Reading in the Library of Catastrophe: W. G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn. In: Sas Mays, ed. Libraries, Literatures, and Archives. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 80-96. ISBN 9780415843874

‘The Future of Memory’
Crownshaw, Richard. 2010. ‘The Future of Memory’. In: Richard Crownshaw; Jane Kilby and Antony Rowland, eds. The Future of Memory. Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1845456931

Rereading Der Vorleser, Remembering the Perpetrator
Crownshaw, Richard. 2009. Rereading Der Vorleser, Remembering the Perpetrator. In: Stuart Taberner and Karina Berger, eds. Germans as Victims in the Literary Fiction of the Berlin Republic. 33 Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer, pp. 147-161. ISBN 9781571133939

‘German suffering or ‘narrative fetishism?’: W. G. Sebald’s ‘Air War and Literature: Zurich Lectures’
Crownshaw, Richard. 2006. ‘German suffering or ‘narrative fetishism?’: W. G. Sebald’s ‘Air War and Literature: Zurich Lectures’. In: Lisa Patt and Vance Bell, eds. Searching for Sebald. Los Angeles: Institute for Cultural Inquiry. ISBN 978-1889917115

Introduction
Crownshaw, Richard and Leydesdorff, Selma. 2005. Introduction. In: Luisa Passerini, ed. Memory and Totalitarianism (Memory and Narrative). Transaction Publishers; New edition. ISBN 978-1412804653

Ethnic Identity and Cultural Heritage: Belsen in the Museum
Crownshaw, Richard. 1999. Ethnic Identity and Cultural Heritage: Belsen in the Museum. In: Jane Stokes and Anna Reading, eds. The Media in Britain: Current Debates and Developments (Media, Culture & Society). Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 295-302. ISBN 978-0333730638

Article

Introduction
Crownshaw, Richard. 2011. Introduction. Parallax, 17(4), pp. 1-3. ISSN 1353-4645

Introduction
Crownshaw, Richard. 2011. Introduction. Parallax, 17(4), pp. 1-3. ISSN 1353-4645

Perpetrator Fictions and Transcultural Memory
Crownshaw, Richard. 2011. Perpetrator Fictions and Transcultural Memory. Parallax, 17(4), pp. 75-89. ISSN 1353-4645

Deterritorializing the “Homeland” in American Studies and American Fiction after 9/11
Crownshaw, Richard. 2011. Deterritorializing the “Homeland” in American Studies and American Fiction after 9/11. Journal of American Studies, 45(4), pp. 757-776. ISSN 0021-8758

On reading Sebald criticism: witnessing the text
Crownshaw, Richard. 2009. On reading Sebald criticism: witnessing the text. Journal of Romance Studies, 9(3), pp. 10-22. ISSN 14733536

‘Review Essay of Roger Luckhurst, The Trauma Question’
Crownshaw, Richard. 2009. ‘Review Essay of Roger Luckhurst, The Trauma Question’. Textual Practice, 23(3), pp. 503-504. ISSN 0950-236X

‘The German Countermonument: Conceptual Indeterminacies and the Retheorisation of the Arts of Vicarious Memory’
Crownshaw, Richard. 2008. ‘The German Countermonument: Conceptual Indeterminacies and the Retheorisation of the Arts of Vicarious Memory’. Forum for Modern Language Studies, 44(2), pp. 212-227. ISSN 0015-8518

‘Photography and Memory in Holocaust Museums’
Crownshaw, Richard. 2007. ‘Photography and Memory in Holocaust Museums’. Mortality, 12(2), pp. 176-192. ISSN 1357-6275

Reconsidering Postmemory: Photography, the Archive, and Post-Holocaust Memory in W.G. Sebald's Austerlitz
Crownshaw, Richard. 2004. Reconsidering Postmemory: Photography, the Archive, and Post-Holocaust Memory in W.G. Sebald's Austerlitz. Mosaic, 37(4), pp. 215-236.

‘Review Essay of James E. Young’s At Memory’s Edge: After-Images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture,’
Crownshaw, Richard. 2002. ‘Review Essay of James E. Young’s At Memory’s Edge: After-Images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture,’. Textual Practice, 16(1), pp. 175-183. ISSN 0950-236X

Performing Memory in Holocaust Museums
Crownshaw, Richard. 2000. Performing Memory in Holocaust Museums. Performance Research, 5(3), pp. 18-27.

Blacking out Holocaust memory in Saul Bellow's The victim
Crownshaw, Richard. 2000. Blacking out Holocaust memory in Saul Bellow's The victim. Saul Bellow Journal, 17(1-2), pp. 253-279. ISSN 0735-1550

Review Essay: The Archaeology of Memory: Martin Gilbert’s Holocaust Journey
Crownshaw, Richard. 1999. Review Essay: The Archaeology of Memory: Martin Gilbert’s Holocaust Journey. Rethinking History, 3(3), pp. 367-370. ISSN 1364-2529

‘Review Essay of Suzanne Bellamy’s Affective Genealogies: Psychoanalysis, Postmodernism, and the ‘Jewish Question’ after Auschwitz and Dominick LaCapra’s History and Memory after Auschwitz,’
Crownshaw, Richard. 1999. ‘Review Essay of Suzanne Bellamy’s Affective Genealogies: Psychoanalysis, Postmodernism, and the ‘Jewish Question’ after Auschwitz and Dominick LaCapra’s History and Memory after Auschwitz,’. Textual Practice, 13(2), pp. 418-424. ISSN 0950-236X

‘The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Trauma, Identity, Architecture and the Nationalisation of Memory,’
Crownshaw, Richard. 1998. ‘The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Trauma, Identity, Architecture and the Nationalisation of Memory,’. Overhere: A European Journal of American Culture, 18(2), pp. 1-16.

‘Gravity’s Rainbow: Thomas Pynchon’s Holocaust Allegory,’
Crownshaw, Richard. 1998. ‘Gravity’s Rainbow: Thomas Pynchon’s Holocaust Allegory,’. Pynchon Notes(42-43), pp. 199-212. ISSN 0278-1891

Review Essay of Michael Lambek and Paul Antze (eds.), Tense Past: Cultural Essays in Trauma and Memory and Kali Tal, Worlds of Hurt: Reading the Literatures of Trauma
Crownshaw, Richard. 1998. Review Essay of Michael Lambek and Paul Antze (eds.), Tense Past: Cultural Essays in Trauma and Memory and Kali Tal, Worlds of Hurt: Reading the Literatures of Trauma. Textual Practice, 12(2), pp. 407-414. ISSN 0950-236X