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Dr Christina Lupton

meAssociate Professor (Reader) and Deputy Head

Email: C dot Lupton at warwick dot ac dot uk

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


Dr Christina Lupton is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies. Before coming to Warwick, she taught at the University of British Columbia and the University of Michigan as well as at the Univeristies of Lund and Copenhagen. Her current book project, Reading Codex and the Making of Time takes its cues from Habermas, Luhmann, and Latour in focusing on the material effects of print reading on the eighteenth-century experience of time. Her first, Knowing Books: the Consciousness of Mediation in Eighteenth-Century Britian, is on the subject of self-consciousness and media awareness in mid-eighteenth-century England, and looks at the way novels, poetry, graffiti, and sermons from the period draw attention to their own properties as surfaces. She has also written on "it-narratives" in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, on German literature, and on contemporary fiction in light of questions of mediation and materiality. Christina is a board member of the English Institute and has written as a reveiwer for Public Books (here and here), LARB (here and here) and TLS.

Lately, she has also published pieces with Avidly (and here) and N+1 

Research interests

Eighteenth-century literature; the historical experience of time; theories of the novel; it-narratives; material cultural studies; theories of media and mediation; systems theory in a literary context.

Christian holds a Leverhulme Fellowship for her project Reading Codex and The Making of Time for which she will be on leave in 2016-17.

Teaching and supervision

Christina is happy to supervise projects working at the intersection of media history and literary practice and interested more generally in the ways literary texts from all periods engage with their material and institutional contexts.

Recent publications


Reading Codex and the Making of Time, under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press

Knowing Books: The Consciousness of Mediation in Eighteenth-Century Britain, University of Pennsylvania Press: Philadelphia, 2012.


“The Novel as the Book’s Future Anterior: Tom McCarthy’s Remainder and Ali Smith’s The Accidental” forthcoming in NOVEL: a Forum on Fiction, 2016

“Medium Time: from the Where to the When of Print Reading,” forthcoming in Proceedings of the English Institute 2014, special issue of ELH, 2016

“Paper Ontologies: Reading Sterne with Bruno Latour,” forthcoming in Textual Practice, 2016

“Codex, Contingency, the Eighteenth-Century Novel” ELH, 81.4, Nov 2014. 1173-1192

"Gender, Materiality and Metaphor on the Eighteenth-Century Page," Studies in English Literature,1500-1900, 54:3, Summer 2014. 605-624.

With Alexander Dick, “On Lecturing and Being Beautiful: Zadie Smith, Elaine Scarry, and the Liberal Aesthetic” English Studies in Canada, Summer 2013


  • MA (Sussex)
  • PhD (Rutgers)

Office hours (in 515)

My Office Hours in 2015-16:

Wednesday 11-12

Thursday 2-3

For other times, please email me for an appointment.