Dr Julia Jordan

Email: julia.jordan@ucl.ac.uk
External phone: 020 7679 3124
Internal phone: 33124
Office: Foster Court 206A

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 and twenty-first century literature at
the Universities of Cambridge, Sussex and Cardiff. She returned to UCL as a
lecturer in post-1945 literature in September 2013.

Research Interests

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 (B.S> Johnson and Post-War Literature) was published by Palgrave in 2014. Julia’s interest in the avant garde of the 1960s and 70s extends to writers including Tom Phillips, Alexander Trocchi, Ann Quin and Christine Brooke-Rose, and she has written on aspects of this generation of writers for the Cambridge Companion to Post-1945 British Fiction (2015), and the forthcoming Literature in Transition series (Cambridge University Press, 2016). She is currently working on a new monograph, called Accidental Fictions: Error, Experiment and the Novel 1960–1980, which will explore the idea of the accidental in 60s and 70s experimental literature, and includes explorations of repentance, swerves, errancy, and accidental events in the writing of this period. She is also interested in the influence of the 1st century philosopher Lucretius in twentieth-century literature and theory. Recent publications, forthcoming or in-progress, include work on Tom McCarthy, Thomas Pynchon, Christine Brooke-Rose, Ann Quin and Samuel Beckett.

Julia is or has recently been on the supervisory team for PhDs on B.S. Johnson and Samuel Beckett. She welcomes approaches from prospective PhD students on any aspects of British or American post-1945 experimental fiction, and in particular those closely aligned to her areas of interest outlined above.


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).

B.S. Johnson and Post-War Literature: Possibilities of the Avant-Garde eds. Julia Jordan and Martin Ryle (London: Palgrave, 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), pp. 364—378.

‘“For recuperation”: Form and the Aleatory in B.S. Johnson’s The Unfortunates’,
Textual Practice, 28: 5 (July, 2014), pp. 745-761.

‘Evacuating B.S. Johnson and Samuel Beckett', in B.S. Johnson and Post-War Literature: Possibilities of the Avant-Garde eds. Julia Jordan and Martin Ryle (London: Palgrave, 2014), pp. 136–152.

‘“What Arises From This?” The Autostereogrammatical in Thomas Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon’ Critique, 56: 3 (May, 2015), pp. 270–283.

‘Late Modernism and the Avant-Garde Renaissance’ in The Cambridge Companion to Post-1945 British Fiction (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).

'Pentimental texts: Error and the Aleatory in the 1960s Experimental Novel', in Literature in Transition, [forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2016].