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David Rudrum joined the English team at the University of Huddersfield in the summer of 2006. Previously, he taught at London Metropolitan University, at the University of London (in both Goldsmiths College and Royal Holloway College), and at the Open University. He was awarded his PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London for a study entitled ‘Wittgenstein and the Theory of Narrative.’

David’s books include Supplanting the Postmodern (Bloomsbury: 2015), Stanley Cavell and the Claim of Literature (2013), and Literature and Philosophy: A Guide to Contemporary Debates (Palgrave: 2006). His first publication sparked a rather heated controversy with the distinguished narratologist Marie-Laure Ryan (see the journal Narrative, 2005-6). He is also a director of the Elmet Trust, an organisation dedicated to promoting the legacy and preserving the birthplace of the late poet laureate Ted Hughes.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Modernism, postmodernism, and the novel
  • The interdisciplinary relations between literature and philosophy
  • The various forms and theories of narrative

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Philosophy Arts & Humanities
Art Arts & Humanities
Stanley Cavell Arts & Humanities
Postmodernism Arts & Humanities
Demise Arts & Humanities
Jacques Derrida Arts & Humanities
Hamlet Arts & Humanities
Donkey Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2005 2016

“The Action to the Word, the Word to the Action”: Reading Hamlet with Cavell and Derrida

Rudrum, D., Lodge, A. & Christofides, R. M., 2 Apr 2016, In : Angelaki. 21, 2, p. 177-191

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

21st Century

Shooting a donkey: Accidents and mistakes in Austin and McEwan

Rudrum, D., Oct 2013, In : Philosophy and Literature. 37, 2, p. 421-434 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ian McEwan

Stanley Cavell and the claim of literature

Rudrum, D., 1 Jan 2013, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. 304 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Stanley Cavell
Literary Criticism

How To Do Things With Wordsworth

Rudrum, D., Jun 2012, Stanley Cavell: Philosophy, Literature and Criticism. Loxley, J. & Taylor, A. (eds.). Manchester University Press, p. 166-180

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 2001 2014

  • 13 Oral presentation
  • 3 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
  • 3 Invited talk

Shlips of the Tongue: Or, Experimenting with the Shibboleth

David Rudrum (Speaker)
3 Oct 2014

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Theatricality versus Performativity

David Rudrum (Speaker)
27 Jun 2014

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Just an Ordinary American Tragedy: Towards a Cavellian Reading of Death of a Salesman

David Rudrum (Speaker)
29 Oct 2010

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

The Time of Tragedy: Thinking the Contemporary with Cavell and Agamben

David Rudrum (Invited speaker)
22 Oct 2010

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Murder – A Dying Art? George Orwell, Raymond Chandler, and the Mysterious Death of English Crime Writing

David Rudrum (Invited speaker)
27 May 2008

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk