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Dr Neil Badmington - BA (Exeter), MA, PhD (Wales)

Overview

Position: Reader Email: Badmington@cf.ac.uk
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 76255
Extension: 76255
Location: John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU.

Research Group

English Literature / Critical and Cultural Theory

Research Interests

Contemporary literature (especially American); film (particularly the work of Alfred Hitchcock); critical and cultural theory (especially poststructuralism, with an emphasis upon the work of Roland Barthes and Jacques Derrida); postmodern culture; textuality; posthumanism; narratives of withdrawal/retreat from the world.

I welcome applications or informal queries from potential PhD students whose plans overlap with any of my listed interests.

My current research projects include:

  • A monograph on the posthumous publications of Roland Barthes.

  • An edited collection on the journals of Roland Barthes, to appear as a special issue of Textual Practice in 2016.

  • The organisation of Roland Barthes at 100, a conference to mark the centenary of Roland Barthes at Cardiff University, 30-31 March 2015.

Selected Publications

I am the author of two books and the editor of fifteen volumes. For a full list, please click on ‘Publications’ (above).

  • Hitchcock's Magic (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2011).

  • Alien Chic: Posthumanism and the Other Within (London and New York: Routledge, 2004).

  • Ed., Alfred Hitchcock (London and New York: Routledge, 2014), 4 vols.

  • Ed. (with David Tucker), The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, volume 22 onwards.

  • Ed., Roland Barthes: Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory (London and New York: Routledge, 2010), 4 vols.

  • Ed. (with Julia Thomas), The Routledge Critical and Cultural Theory Reader (London and New York: Routledge, 2008).

  • Ed., Derridanimals. Special issue of The Oxford Literary Review 29 (2007).

  • Ed., Posthuman Conditions. Special double issue of Subject Matters 3.2/4.1 (2007).

  • Ed., Posthumanism (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave, 2000).

Publications

BOOKS AND EDITED VOLUMES

Hitchcock’s Magic (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2011). x + 208 pp. Distributed in the USA by the University of Chicago Press.

Alien Chic: Posthumanism and the Other Within (London and New York: Routledge, 2004). x + 203 pp. Also available as a Kindle edition.

(Editor), Deliberations: The Journals of Roland Barthes. Forthcoming in 2016 as a special issue of Textual Practice.

(Editor, with David Tucker), The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory  22 (forthcoming, 2014).

(Editor) Alfred Hitchcock: Volume I (London and New York: Routledge, 2014). xxiv + 328 pp.

(Editor) Alfred Hitchcock: Volume II (London and New York: Routledge, 2014). viii + 361 pp.

(Editor) Alfred Hitchcock: Volume III (London and New York: Routledge, 2014). ix + 414 pp.

(Editor) Alfred Hitchcock: Volume IV (London and New York: Routledge, 2014). viii + 354 pp.

(Editor, with Jürgen Pieters) Literature and Culture: The Work of Catherine Belsey. Special issue of Textual Practice 24.6 (2010).

(Editor) Roland Barthes: Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory: Volume I (London and New York: Routledge, 2010). xxiv + 208 pp.

(Editor) Roland Barthes: Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory: Volume II (London and New York: Routledge, 2010). xi + 390 pp.

(Editor) Roland Barthes: Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory: Volume III (London and New York: Routledge, 2010). xi + 316 pp.

(Editor) Roland Barthes: Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory: Volume IV (London and New York: Routledge, 2010). xi + 400 pp.

(Editor, with Julia Thomas) The Routledge Critical and Cultural Theory Reader (London and New York: Routledge, 2008). xii + 452 pp.

(Editor) Derridanimals. Special issue of The Oxford Literary Review   29 (2007).

(Editor) Posthuman Conditions. Special double issue of Subject Matters 3.2/4.1 (2007).

(Editor) Posthumanism (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave, 2000). xiii + 172 pp.

ESSAYS

Romanian translation of ‘Theorizing Posthumanism’, Posthum: Jurnal de studii (post)umaniste, in press. First published in English in 2003.

Italian translation of ‘The Human and the Labyrinth’, trans. Renata Oggero, Labirinti del fantastico, in press.

Dutch translation of ‘Alien Chic; or, How We Never Really Learned to Stop Worrying and Love E.T.’, Feit & Fictie, in press.

Chinese translation of ‘Cultural Studies and the Posthumanities’, forthcoming in a Chinese version of the New Cultural Studies volume in which the essay first appeared in English in 2006.

‘SpectRebecca’, in Alfred Hitchcock: Volume IV, ed. Neil Badmington (London and New York: Routledge, 2014), pp. 233-49. First published as Chapter 3 of Hitchcock’s Magic in 2011.

Turkish translation of ‘Cultural Studies and the Posthumanities’, in Yeni Kültürel Çalışmalar: Kuramsal Serüvenler, eds. Clare Birchall and Gary Hall (Istanbul: Say Yayınları, 2013), page span and Turkish title TBC. First published in English in 2006.

Punctum Saliens: Barthes, Mourning, Film, Photography’, Paragraph 35.3 (2012): 303-19.

‘Danger! Keep Out! Exploring Culture with Catherine Belsey (and Other Animals)’, Textual Practice 24.6 (2010): 953-65.

‘Posthumanism’, in The Routledge Companion to Literature and Science, eds. Bruce Clarke and Manuela Rossini (London and New York: Routledge, 2010), pp. 374-84.

‘The “Inkredible” Roland Barthes’, in Roland Barthes: Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory: Volume II, ed. Neil Badmington (London and New York: Routledge, 2010), pp. 371-9.
Reprinted from Paragraph 31.1 (2008).

‘Man Saved By Wolfe’, Electronic Book Review, August 2010 (online publication).

Introduction to Roland Barthes, Mythologies, revised edition, ed. Annette Lavers, trans. Annette Lavers and Siân Reynolds (London: Vintage, 2009), pp. ix-xiv.

Blade Runner’s Blade Runners’, Semiotica 173.1/4 (2009): 471-89.

‘L’encroyable Roland Barthes’, trans. Neil Badmington, in Roland Barthes en cours (1977-1980): Un style de vie, eds. Sémir Badir and Dominque Ducard (Dijon: Editions Universitaires de Dijon, 2009), pp. 145-52.

‘Babelation’, in Cy-Borges: Memories of Posthumanism in the Work of Jorge Luis Borges, eds. Ivan Callus and Stefan Herbrechter (Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2009), pp. 60-72.

‘The “Inkredible” Roland Barthes’, Paragraph 31.1 (2008): 84-94.

‘I Ain’t Got No Body: Lyotard and Le Genre of Posthumanism’, in Gender After Lyotard, ed. Margret Grebowicz (New York: State University of New York Press, 2007), pp. 27-43.

‘“…a drowning of the human in the physical”: Jonathan Franzen and the Corrections of Humanism’, Subject Matters 3.2/4.1 (2007): 1-14.

‘Posthuman Conditions’, Subject Matters 3.2/4.1 (2007): ix-xi.

‘Derridanimals’, The Oxford Literary Review 29 (2007): v-vii.

‘Declaration of Ink Dependence’, Writing Technologies 1.1 (2007).

‘Cultural Studies and the Posthumanities’, in New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory, eds. Clare Birchall and Gary Hall (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006), pp. 260-72. Chinese translation forthcoming.

‘From Critical Practice to Cultural Criticism: An Interview with Catherine Belsey’, Textual Practice 19.1 (2005): 1-12.

‘Roswell High, Alien Chic, and the In/human’, in Teen TV: Genre, Consumption and Identity, eds. Glyn Davis and Kay Dickinson (London: British Film Institute, 2004), pp. 166-76.

‘Mapping Posthumanism’, Environment and Planning A 36.8 (2004): 1341-63. With an introduction by Noel Castree and Catherine Nash, and responses from Jonathan Murdoch, Bruce Braun, and Sarah Whatmore.

‘Post, Oblique, Human’, Theology and Sexuality 10.2 (2004): 56-64.

‘Theorizing Posthumanism’, Cultural Critique 53 (2003): 10-27. Romanian translation forthcoming.

‘Revaluations: Pierre Macherey’, The European English Messenger 11.1 (2002): 65-8.

‘Pod Almighty!; or, Humanism, Posthumanism, and the Strange Case of Invasion of the Body Snatchers’, Textual Practice 15.1 (2001): 5-22.

‘Posthumanist (Com)Promises: Diffracting Donna Haraway’s Cyborg through Marge Piercy’s Body of Glass’, in Posthumanism, ed. Neil Badmington (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave, 2000), pp. 85-97.

Disclosure’s Disclosure’, in Subverting Masculinity: Hegemonic and Alternative Versions of Masculinity in Contemporary Culture, eds. Frank Lay and Russell West (Amsterdam and Atlanta, GA: Rodopi, 2000), pp. 94-105.

‘Cruising the Information Superhighway: Computer-Mediated Communication, Cultural Landscapes, and the Struggle Over Meaning’, in Modern American Landscapes, eds. Mick Gidley and Robert Lawson-Peebles (Amsterdam: VU University Press, 1995), pp. 275-91.

SHORTER PIECES

Review of Kathrin Yacavone, Benjamin, Barthes and the Singularity of Photography (London: Bloomsbury, 2012), Journal of European Studies, forthcoming.

‘Speech Begins After Death’, letter on Michel Foucault and translation, Times Literary Supplement, 7 June 2013: 6.

Review of Michel Foucault, Speech Begins After Death (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013), Times Literary Supplement, 17 May 2013: 27.

‘Plagiarism Doesn’t Exist’, letter on Jacques Derrida and Jacques Lacan, London Review of Books, 6 December 2012: 5.

‘Unsettled’, Times Literary Supplement, 17 and 24 August 2012: 26.

Review of Simon Glendinning, Derrida: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), Times Literary Supplement, 6 January 2012: 27.

Review of Roland Barthes, Travels in China (Cambridge: Polity, 2011), Times Literary Supplement, 23 and 30 December 2011: 38.

Review of Alain Robbe-Grillet, Why I Love Barthes (Cambridge: Polity, 2011), Times Literary Supplement, 21 October 2011: 30.

‘Sighs and Citations’ [review of Roland Barthes’ Mourning Diary], Times Literary Supplement, 15 July 2011: 25.

‘Posthumanism’, in The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory: Volume III: Cultural Theory, eds. M. Keith Booker and Michael Ryan (Oxford: Blackwell, 2011), pp. 1212–16.

‘English Barthes’, letter on Roland Barthes, Times Literary Supplement, 28 January 2011: 6.

‘Des jours sombres pour l’enseignement supérieur’, le snesup: Mensuel du Syndicat National de l’Enseignement Supérieur 590 (décembre 2010): 22.

‘What Are You Reading?’, Times Higher Education, 18 March 2010, 51.

‘The Canon: Mythologies by Roland Barthes’, Times Higher Education, 25 February 2010, 49.

‘I’ve Got UFO Under My Skin’, Times Higher Education Supplement, 22 October 2004, 15.

‘Posthumanism’, in The Routledge Companion to Critical Theory, eds. Simon Malpas and Paul Wake (London and New York: Routledge, 2006), pp. 240-1.

Review of Sarah Whatmore, Hybrid Geographies: Natures, Cultures, Spaces (London: Sage, 2002), Cultural Geographies 11.2 (2004): 230-1.

‘Come on Down!’, The Guardian, 11 January 2003, The Guide section, 4-6. Cover story.

‘Pierre Macherey’, The Literary Encyclopedia and the Literary Dictionary, eds. Robert Clark et al., online publication, 2003.

Review of Elaine L. Graham, Representations of the Post/Human: Monsters, Aliens and Others in Popular Culture (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002), Textual Practice 17.1 (2003): 146-9.

Review of Iain Chambers, Culture After Humanism: History, Culture, Subjectivity (London and New York: Routledge, 2001), Textual Practice 16.1 (2002): 188-91.

‘Jean Baudrillard’, ‘Ernesto Laclau’, ‘Metanarrative’, ‘Mirror Stage’, and ‘Parole’, in Critical Dictionary of Film and Television Theory, eds. Roberta E. Pearson and Philip Simpson (London and New York: Routledge, 2001) pp. 42, 257-8, 280, 283, 320-1, respectively.

Review of Scott Brewster, John J. Joughin, David Owen and Richard J. Walker, eds. Inhuman Reflections: Thinking the Limits of the Human (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2000), Notes and Queries 246.3 (September 2001): 350-2.

‘Slipstreaming with Lacan’, Science Fiction Studies 27 (2000): 321-5. Review of Fred Botting, Sex, Machines and Navels: Fiction, Fantasy and History in the Future Present (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1999).

‘Theory 3 – English’, Times Higher Education Supplement, 30 January 1999, 19.

‘A Handbook of Their Own’, Science Fiction Studies 25 (1998): 539-43. Review of Chris Hables Gray et al., eds. A Cyborg Handbook (New York and London: Routledge, 1995). [NB: Printers’ errors corrected in the following issue].

ART

Blue Acid City (dir. Brian Moran and Elliott Dodd, 2008). This film adapted part of my 2004 book, Alien Chic: Posthumanism and the Other Within.

Research

CURRENT RESEARCH

My current research projects include:

  • A monograph on the posthumous publications of Roland Barthes.

  • An edited collection on the journals of Roland Barthes, entitled Deliberations, which will appear as a special issue of Textual Practice in 2016.

  • The organisation of Roland Barthes at 100, a conference to mark the centenary of Roland Barthes at Cardiff University, 30-31 March 2015.

  • The editing, with David Tucker, of volume 22 of The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory. I joined David as editor of this journal in 2013.
  • An essay on Admiral Byrd’s retreat to the Antarctic wilderness in 1934, as narrated in Alone. This is part of a long-term research project on narratives of withdrawal from the world.

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

With David Tucker, I am the editor of The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, an annual narrative bibliography of scholarship in the field. The journal is published by Oxford University Press for the English Association.
I write regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and I am, or have been, a member of the editorial/advisory panels of:

I am an Associate of the Critical Posthumanism Network.

I have acted as undergraduate and postgraduate External Examiner at Lancaster University, the University of Malta, and Middlesex University, and I was appointed expert étranger for a panel of the Agence d’évaluation de la recherche de l’enseignement supérieur (AERES) assessing the quality of research at University of Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle, University of Paris XIII-Villetaneuse, and University of Paris-Dauphine.

PhD SUPERVISION

I am at present supervising, or have supervised to successful completion, the following PhD theses:

  • Of Zoogrammatology: Animality, Meaning, and Signifying Practices.

  • Roland Barthes and English-language Avant-Garde Poetry, 1966-1987.

  • Corporeal Ontology: Merleau-Ponty, Flesh and Posthumanism.

  • Ill Seen Ill Said: Trauma, Representation and Subjectivity  in Samuel Beckett’s Post-war Writing.

  • Deadly Light: Machen, Lovecraft and Evolutionary Theory.

  • Untimely Aesthetics: Shakespeare, Anachronism and Presence (co-supervision with Melanie Bigold).

  • The Literature of Replenishment: The Novels of Umberto Eco and J.M. Coetzee and John Barth's Definition of Postmodernist Fiction.

  • The Posthuman Science Fiction of J.G. Ballard and Kurt Vonnegut.

  • The Animal in Differance: Tracing the Boundaries of the Human in Post-Darwinian Culture.

 

Biography

BIOGRAPHY

I was born and grew up in the small town of Abergavenny at a time when the county of Monmouthshire enjoyed a curiously undecidable, contested status between England and Wales. ‘England to the East, Wales to the West, and where we were, a small village in Monmouthshire, coloured this way or that, or dubiously hatched, by what seemed the mapmaker’s fancy’, to quote Raymond Williams, whose childhood home had been just a few miles from mine. Not knowing that I would grow up to hate all forms of sport, my family, like many Welsh families, had high hopes that I would one day become a famous international rugby player, but no one was quite sure, given the status of Monmouthshire, which national side I might play for. ‘You could go either way’, I was often told. I didn’t realise it at the time, but this experience of being thrown into a culture that is, as I still see it, neither Welsh nor English set me up well for an academic career informed above all by the work of Derrida and Barthes, where binary oppositions and clear categories are a myth, unstable, and to be treated with deep suspicion.

After attending my local comprehensive school, I became the first person in my family to attend university when I went to Exeter to study American and Commonwealth Arts. A year abroad at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1992-3 exposed me to critical and cultural theory, and I went on to study for an MA and PhD in this field at Cardiff University in the mid-late 1990s, under the supervision of Catherine Belsey. On completing my PhD in late 1998, I was appointed to the department, and I have been here ever since, no longer in a geographical borderland, but still, I hope, in an academic one.

 

ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT

2009-present: Reader in English Literature, Cardiff University

2005-9: Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Cardiff University

2001-5: Lecturer (B) in English Literature, Cardiff University

1999-2001: Lecturer (A) in English Literature, Cardiff University

EDUCATION

1995-8: PhD, Cardiff University. (British Academy Studentship.) Supervisor: Catherine Belsey.

1994-5: MA in Critical and Cultural Theory, Cardiff University. (British Academy Studentship.)

1992-3: University of California, Santa Cruz.

1990-4: BA in American and Commonwealth Arts, University of Exeter. Class I. Winner, Exeter Literary Society Prize, 1994. Winner, David Henderson Award, 1994.

1982-9: King Henry VIII Comprehensive School, Abergavenny.