Dr Mark Steven

Research Fellow
BA. Hons. (1, Medal); MPhil; PhD.
School of the Arts & Media, Centre for Modernism Studies in Australia


Room 231N, Level 2, Robert Webster
Kensington Campus


By appointment.

In January 2018 I start a new job, as Lecturer in 20th and 21st Century Literature at the University of Exeter.

My new email address will be 

Authored Books        

  • Red Modernism: American Poetry and the Spirit of Communism. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP. Under contract, due for release 2017.
  • Splatter Capital. London: Repeater Books. London: Repeater, 2017. 

Edited Books 

  • The Cinema of Theo Angelopoulos. Eds. Angelos Koutsourakis and Mark Steven. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015.
  • Styles of Extinction: Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Eds. Julian Murphet and Mark Steven. London: Continuum, 2012.

 Journal Articles

  • “Communist Laughter, from Lenin to Lubitsch” Screen. Accepted for publication.
  • “Community and Apostrophe in E. L. Doctorow.” Studies in American Fiction. Accepted for publication. 
  • “Writing History, from Karl Marx to Ezra Pound.” Modernism/modernity. In press, 2017.
  • “The Ragged Claws of Crisis: Reading Prufrock in Detroit.” Textual Practice. In press, 2017.  
  • “Shipwrecks and Mountaintops: Notes on Canto CII.” Glossator: Practice and Theory of the Commentary. Special Issue on Ezra Pound’s Thrones. In press, 2017.
  • “Nietzsche on Film.” Film-Philosophy. 21 (2017): 95-113. 

  • “Visions of the Sun: Modernist Mexico’s Transnational Horizons.” Affirmations: of the modern. Special Issue on Transnational Modernisms. 4.1 (2016): 143-68.
  • “High Road to Hell: Blake, Milton, McCarthy.” The Cormac McCarthy Journal. 14.2 (2016): 149-67.
  • “Modernism’s Rubber Sole.” Cultural Studies Review. 22.1 (2016): 227-33.
  • “Movements in the Hollow Coffin: On ‘The Fall of the House of Usher.’” Poe Studies: History, Theory, Interpretation. 44 (2011): 5-15.
  • “Their Time Has Come: Bad Cinema Nerds as Late-Capitalist Paradigm.” Colloquy: Text, Theory, Critique, Special Issue: B for Bad Cinema 18 (2009): 99-118. 

 Book Chapters

  • “Ezra Pound and Mr Marx, Karl.” A Companion to Ezra Pound’s Economics. Eds. Roxana Preda and Ralf Lüfter. Publisher TBA. Accepted for publication. 
  • “Tracks in the Eurozone: Late Style meets Late Capitalism.” The Cinema of Theo Angelopoulos. Eds Mark Steven and Angelos Koutsourakis. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015: 141-155. 
  • “William Faulkner’s Mediated Time: Capitalism, Cinema, Syntax.” Faulkner in the Media Ecology. Eds. Stefan Solomon and Julian Murphet. Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press, 2015: 195-215.
  • “Great Southern Wounds: The Trauma of Australian Cinema.” Eco-Trauma Cinema. Ed. Anil Narine. London: Routledge, 2014: 72-87.
  •  “Flann O’Brien’s Aestho-Autogamy.” Flann O’Brien and Modernism. Eds. Rónán McDonald, Sascha Morrell, and Julian Murphet. London: Bloomsbury, 2014: 195-212.
  •  “Fritz Lang.” Directory of World Cinema: Germany, Vol. II. Ed. Michelle Langford. Bristol: Intellect Press, 2013: 12-17. 
  • “The Flame’s Lover: The Modernist Mind of William Carlos Williams.” Mindful Aesthetics: Literature and the Science of Mind. Eds. Helen Groth and Chris Danta. London: Bloomsbury, 2013: 123–138.
  • “The Late World of Cormac McCarthy.” Styles of Extinction: Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Eds. Julian Murphet and Mark Steven. London: Continuum, 2012: 63-87.
  • “Holocaust Scribblebooks: From Paul Celan to Alain Badiou.” Literature and Politics: Pushing the World in Certain Directions. Ed. Peter Marks. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2012: 95-108. 


  • Review of Matthew L. Potts, Cormac McCarthy and the Signs of Sacrament. Modern Fiction Studies. Invited submission.  
  • Review of P. Adams Sitney, The Cinema of Poetry. Make It New. 2.2 (September 2015): 43-7.
  • Review of Hal Foster’s Bad New Days. Affirmations: of the modern 3.1 (2015): 149-55.
  • Review of John Frow, Character and Person & The Value of Culture. Affirmations: of the modern 2.1 (2014): 176-83.


I convene Arts4100/5100: Research Methods and Thesis Writing, ARTS3064: Film Styles and Aesthetics, and ARTS3066: Documentary and Non Fiction Cinema. I also contribute lectures here and there in Literature and Film Studies. 

Affiliations and membership

Modernist Studies Association

Australasian Association for Literature 

Cinematic Thinking Network 

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