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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 has a BA in Classics, and an MA in modern English literature (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 September 2013.


Research Interests

Her research focuses on chance, late modernism, the avant garde of the postwar period, 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 writers in journals including Textual Practice, Critique and Modern Language Review.The subject of her current book, Oblique Strategies: Late Modernism and the Avant Garde, is the generation of experimentalist writers in Britain who were influenced by Beckett and the continental writers of the nouveau roman, and grappling with the legacy of the modernist tradition. This group is usually listed as including, among others, Alan Burns, Christine Brooke-Rose, Brigid Brophy, Eva Figes, Anna Kavan, B. S. Johnson, Ann Quin, and Alexander Trocchi. The resurgence of the study of Johnson in particular has been instrumental in reinvigorating interest in this field: Julia is the co-editor of the anthology of his work Well Done God! The Uncollected B.S. Johnson (Picador, 2013), and the editor of a collection of essays on his work B. S. Johnson and Postwar Literature: Possibilities of the Avant Garde (Palgrave, 2014). Recently, she has contributed chapters on the mid-century avant garde for the recent Cambridge Companion to post-’45 British Fiction (Cambridge, 2015), and the forthcoming Flower/Power: British Literature in Transition 1960—1980 (Cambridge, forthcoming), in addition to publishing recent essays on Johnson, Brooke-Rose and Ann Quin.

Julia is or has recently been on the supervisory team for PhDs on B.S. Johnson, Alexander Trocchi and Samuel Beckett. She welcomes approaches from prospective PhD students on British or American post-1945 experimental fiction, 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).

'Error and the Aleatory in the 1960s Experimental Novel', in Flower/Power: British Literature in Transition 1960—1980, [forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2017].

'Indeterminate Brooke-Rose', forthcoming in Textual Practice, 2018