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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
21st Century Arts & Humanities
Stanley Cavell Arts & Humanities
Postmodernism Arts & Humanities
Demise Arts & Humanities
Jacques Derrida Arts & Humanities
Hamlet Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 2005 2019

Before Us Is The Salesman’s House: Exploring the Contingent Aesthetic of eBay

Rudrum, D., 25 Jul 2019, In : Synthesis. 11, p. 88-106 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

New Directions in Philosophy and Literature

Rudrum, D. (ed.), Askin, R. (ed.) & Beckman, F. (ed.), Sep 2019, Edinburgh University Press. 496 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

21st Century
Analytic philosophy
Classical Studies

The Polymodern Condition: A Report on Cluelessness

Rudrum, D., Sep 2019, New Directions in Philosophy and Literature. Rudrum, D., Askin, R. & Beckman, F. (eds.). Edinburgh University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

“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

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 (Speaker)
15 Jul 2008

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation