Dr Luke Thurston

BA (Oxon) MA PhD (Kent)

Dr Luke Thurston

Senior Lecturer in Modern Literature

Department of English & Creative Writing

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Module Coordinator
Additional Lecturer

Luke teaches Victorian, modern and contemporary literature, specializing in the period 1880-1940; and also literary theory, specializing in psychoanalysis and literary ghosts. He welcomes PhD proposals in the following areas: Modernism (especially Joyce, Beckett, Woolf, David Jones, May Sinclair); literature and ghosts; literature and war; literature and psychoanalysis.


Luke Thurston is the co-editor of The Routledge Handbook to the Ghost Story (2018) and the author of Literary Ghosts from the Victorians to Modernism: the Haunting Interval (2012). https://www.routledge.com/products/search?author=Luke%20Thurston

His other publications include James Joyce and the Problem of Psychoanalysis (2004) and Re-inventing the Symptom: Essays on the Final Lacan (2002)

Dr Thurston has recently completed the translation of Jean Lapanche's major work The Unfinished Copernican Revolution, which will be published in 2019

Director of the David Jones Centre

Main research interests are in modernism, literary ghosts, literature and war and Welsh writing in English. Luke is currently working on a study of modernism, war and testimony in Wyndham Lewis, May Sinclair and David Jones.

Research interests are the theory and practice of psychoanalysis; he has translated works by Jean Laplanche, Andre Green and Roberto Harari, and he is on the Editorial Board of the Journal for Lacanian Studies.

In 2010 Luke took part in a film about Joyce, psychoanalysis and Trieste, made by an Italian television company. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kl4zk3UmV54


2017, Après-coup: Problématiques VI. translated by Jonathan House, Luke Thurston, The Unconscious in Translation, New York.
Thurston, L & Brewster, S (eds) 2017, The Routledge Handbook to the Ghost Story. Taylor & Francis, New York.
Thurston, L 2016, 'Demonic Joyce' James Joyce Quarterly, vol. 51, no. 4, pp. 601-611. https://doi.org/10.1353/jjq.2016.0003
Thurston, L 2016, The gothic in short fiction. in A-M Einhaus (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the English Short Story. Cambridge Companions to Literature, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 173-186.
Thurston, L 2014, 'Clouds and Power: May Sinclair's War' Journal of Modern Literature, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 18-35.
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