Dr Julia Jordan
Education and Experience
Julia Jordan completed her BA in Classics at King’s College, London, and her MA in modern English literature at UCL (the ‘Issues in Modern Culture’ MA on which she now teaches). She received her PhD from UCL in 2008, and she has since taught various aspects of twentieth-century literature at the Universities of Cambridge, Sussex and Cardiff. She returned to UCL as a lecturer in post-1945 literature in September 2013.
Julia’s research focuses on chance, late modernism, the avant garde of the 60s and 70s, and contemporary experimental fiction. Her first monograph, Chance and the Modern British Novel, was published in 2010, and since then she has published on various post-‘45 writers in journals including Textual Practice, Critique and Modern Language Review.
She has co-edited (with Jonathan Coe and Philip Tew) a major anthology of B.S. Johnson’s writing called Well Done God! (Picador, 2013), and a collection of essays on his writing (Avant-Garde Possibilities: B.S. Johnson and His Contemporaries) is forthcoming from Palgrave in 2014. Julia’s interest in the avant garde of the 1960s and 70s extends to writers including Alexander Trocchi, Ann Quin and Christine Brooke-Rose, and she has written on ‘Late Modernism and the Avant-Garde Renaissance’ for the new Cambridge Companion to Post-1945 British Fiction (forthcoming in 2015). She is currently working on a new monograph, called Oblique Strategies, which will explore the idea of the accidental in post-1945 literature, and a separate project about the influence of 1st century BC philosopher Lucretius on twentieth-century literature and literary theory.
Chance and the Modern British Novel: from Henry Green to Iris Murdoch (London: Continuum, 2010)
Well Done God! Selected Prose and Drama of B. S. Johnson eds. Jonathan Coe, Philip Tew, Julia Jordan (London: Picador, 2013)
Avant Garde Possibilities: B.S. Johnson and His Contemporaries eds. Julia Jordan and Martin Ryle (Palgrave [forthcoming 2014])
Articles and Chapters in Books
‘Autonomous Automata: Opacity and the Fugitive Character in the Modernist Novel and After’, The Legacies of Modernism: Historicising Postwar and Contemporary Fiction, ed. David James (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp. 96—113.
‘Iris Murdoch’s “Thingy World”’ Modern Language Review, 107: 2 (April 2012): 364—378.
‘“For recuperation”: Form and the Aleatory in B.S. Johnson’s The Unfortunates’, Textual Practice [forthcoming 2014]
‘Evacuating B.S. Johnson and Samuel Beckett', in Avant Garde Possibilities: B.S. Johnson and His Contemporaries eds. Julia Jordan and Martin Ryle (Palgrave [forthcoming 2014])
‘“What Arises From This?” The Autostereogrammatical in Thomas Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon’ Critique [forthcoming 2014]
‘Late Modernism and the Avant-Garde Renaissance’ in The Cambridge Companion to Post-1945 British Fiction (Cambridge [forthcoming 2015])