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Professor Thomas Docherty

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Email: t dot docherty at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)24 7652 3340

Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL

Twitter: @ThomasDocherty1


Professor Thomas Docherty is Professor, and teaches on the English and Comparative Literary Studies programme. Thomas Docherty studied in Glasgow, Paris and Oxford. He graduated with his MA in English and French Language and Literature from Glasgow, where he also studied Mathematics and Philosophy. He then took a DPhil in Oxford.

Research interests

Thomas Docherty has published on most areas of English and comparative literature from the renaissance to the present day. He specialises in the philosophy of literary criticism, in critical theory, and in cultural history in relation primarily to European philosophy and literatures. Recent work has been done on matters of cultural policy related to international higher education. He is working on a series of new books: 1) on Conditions of Democracy; 2) on Modern Violence; 3) on Commitment and Complicity. In addition, he has also started to write fiction.

Teaching and supervision

Docherty supervises work on all aspects of critical theory, and has a particular interest in taking on doctoral projects involving contemporary French and Italian philosophy or Enlightenment studies. Other areas of interest include: cultural policy, European cinema, Scottish literature and culture, Irish literature, modernism and modernity. At undergraduate level, he teaches across a broad range of literature, from around 1500 to the present day. He will also give a series of lectures on Modern Criticism and Theory (dates and times to be confirmed).

Professor Docherty is on research leave 2015-16. He will give a series of lectures on Modern and Contemporary Theory (Mondays 11am, weeks 2-5, 7-10). He may also organise an informal graduate seminar (again, days/times to be confirmed).

Selected publications

  • Universities at War (Sage, 2014) [read here: War]
  • Confessions: the Philosophy of Transparency (Bloomsbury 2012) [read this free under Creative Commons, here: Confessions]
  • For the University (Bloomsbury 2011) [read this free under Creative Commons, here: For the University]
  • The English Question (Sussex Academic 2008) [click here for information and to read selected passages: The English Question]
  • Aesthetic Democracy (Stanford UP, 2006) [click here for info and selected passages: Aesthetic Democracy]
  • Criticism and Modernity (Oxford UP 1999) [click here for info and selected passages: Criticism and Modernity]
  • Alterities (Oxford UP 1996) [click here for info and to read: Alterities]
  • After Theory (Routledge 1990; revised expanded 2nd edition Edinburgh UP 1996) [click for info: After Theory]
  • Postmodernism (Harvester/Columbia UP 1993) [click for info: Postmodernism]
  • On Modern Authority (Harvester-Wheatsheaf 1987)
  • John Donne, Undone (Methuen/Routledge 1986)
  • Reading (Absent) Character (Oxford UP, 1983)


  • MA (Glasgow)
  • DPhil (Oxford)