Personal profile


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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oath Social Sciences
testimony Social Sciences
witness Social Sciences
Philosophy Arts & Humanities
Group Social Sciences
Stanley Cavell Arts & Humanities
Postmodernism Arts & Humanities
Jacques Derrida 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. 2 Apr 2016 In : Angelaki. 21, 2, p. 177-191

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

21st Century

Shooting a donkey: Accidents and mistakes in aust in 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 Johns Hopkins University Press. 285 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Stanley Cavell
Literary Criticism
9 Citations

On the Very Idea of a Definition of Narrative: A Reply to Marie-Laure Ryan

Rudrum, D. May 2006 In : Narrative. 14, 2, p. 197-204 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

Activities 2014 2014

  • 2 Oral presentation

Shlips of the Tongue: Or, Experimenting with the Shibboleth

Rudrum, D. (Speaker)
3 Oct 2014

Activity: Oral presentation

Theatricality versus Performativity

Rudrum, D. (Speaker)
27 Jun 2014

Activity: Oral presentation