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Dr Christina Lupton

meAssociate Professor (Reader)

Email: C dot Lupton at warwick dot ac dot uk

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


I have been a Reader in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies since 2012. Before coming to Warwick, I taught at the University of British Columbia and the University of Michigan as well as at the Univeristies of Lund and Copenhagen. My 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: it will be out with Johns Hopkins University Press in 2017. My first book, Knowing Books: the Consciousness of Mediation in Eighteenth-Century Britian, is about 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. I have 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. I am a board member of the English Institute and have written as a reviewer for Public Books (here and here), LARB (here and here) and TLS.

I have also published essays 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.

I hold a Leverhulme Fellowship for my project Reading Codex and The Making of Time and will be on leave in 2016-17.

Teaching and supervision

I supervise projects on eighteenth-century literature, those working at the intersection of media history and literary practice, and students 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.

Recent Articles

“Paper Ontologies: Reading Sterne with Bruno Latour,” Textual Practice, 30.1, 2017

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

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

On leave 2016-17