Professor Peter Marks

BA Hons (UNSW), PhD (Edinburgh)
Chair of Department

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 6862

Biographical details

I completed my combined Honours degree in English Literature and Political Science at UNSW, and my PhD in English at the University of Edinburgh. I taught at the University of Hull before coming to Sydney.

I have been a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh; at Clare Hall, Cambridge University; and at King’s College, London. At various times I have been Chair of the Department of English. I am particularly interested in relationships between literature and cinema, as well as between literature and politics; in periodical culture; in utopias, and in the literary and cinematic representation of surveillance.

I have written four scholarly books, the most recent of which, British Literature of the 1990s: Endings and Beginnings, was published by Edinburgh University Press in January 2018. It gives a synoptic account of literature produced in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England during a time of considerable cultural and political upheaval. Imagining Surveillance: Eutopian and Dystopian Literature and Film (2015), also published by Edinburgh University Press, deals with the ways in which surveillance is depicted and assessed in literature from Thomas More’s Utopia to Dave Eggers’ The Circle and in film from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis to Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium. George Orwell the Essayist: Literature, Politics and the Periodical Culture, published by Continuum (2011), was the first full-length treatment of Orwell’s essays in the context of the periodicals in which they first appeared. I have also written a critical study of the maverick director Terry Gilliam for Manchester University Press’s British Filmmakers series (2009).

Three chapters on politics and its influence on British and American literary periodicals of the 1920s and 1930s appear in the first two volumes of the Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines, and two on British Literature of the 1930s will be appearing in separate studies from Cambridge University Press in 2018. Among other things, I have published articles on the films Adaptation and Code 46, on George Orwell, Margaret Atwood, Socialist realism, D. H. Lawrence, theories of the essay, and on the links between Martin Amis and Philip Larkin. My chapter on Samuel Beckett in the 1930s appears in Cambridge University Press’s Samuel Beckett in Context (2013). I have recently submitted a proposal for a Handbook on Utopian Literature to Palgrave, which will include more than fifty writers from around the globe, and will be edited by me and by two leading utopian scholars, one from Portugal, the other from the United States. If the proposal is accepted, we hope to have the book published in 2019.

Teaching and supervision

As part of my commitment to tertiary level teaching, I have a Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education) from the University of Sydney (2005). I was awarded a Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching Award (Design and Practice) in 2008 and a Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in 2016. I have supervised PhD theses on Ted Hughes, Ford Madox Ford and Joseph Conrad, Iain Sinclair, Cyril Connolly and Horizon, Irish cinema dealing with The Troubles, the work of Ian McEwan and Bernhard Schlink, on unreliability and textual ethics, and on J.R.R. Tolkien and utopia.

Current research students

Project title Research student
Post-War British Cinema and the Death Penalty: Images of a Society in the Process of Change Michele ASPREY
Fiction, Science, & Discursive Power: Peter Watts' Functionally Generative Linguistic Paroxysms Ben ELDRIDGE

Awards and honours

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Teaching Excellence Award, 2016
  • Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching Award (Design and Practice), 2008

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2014

  • Camera-Stylo: Intersections in Literature and Cinema; Isaacs B, Kelly D, Marks P; University of Sydney/Conference Seed Funding Scheme.
  • Being part of the FASS learning community: improving student engagement and retention in BA; Johinke R, Semler L, Marks P; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.

2012

  • The Sydney Network on Climate Change and Society; McCalman I, Schlosberg D, Bashford A, Probyn E, Allon F, Giles P, Smith V, Marks P, Celermajer D, Mikler J, Chester L, Gurran N, Shrestha K, Lyster R, McManus P, Pritchard W, Neilson J, Byrne M, Wright C, de Berigny C; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Marks, P. (2018). Literature of the 1990s: Endings and Beginnings. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. [More Information]
  • Marks, P. (2015). Imagining Surveillance: Eutopian and Dystopian Literature and Film. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. [More Information]
  • Marks, P. (2011). George Orwell the Essayist: Literature, Politics and the Periodical Culture. London, UK: Continuum.
  • Marks, P. (2009). Terry Gilliam. United Kingdom: Manchester University Press.

Edited Books

  • Marks, P. (2012). Literature and Politics: Pushing the World in Certain Directions. Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Book Chapters

  • Marks, P. (2015). Don't You See?: Surveillance and Utopian Tranquillity in The Good Soldier. In Max Saunders, Sara Haslam (Eds.), Ford Madox Ford's The Good Soldier: Centenary Essays, (pp. 283-298). Leiden: Koninklijke Brill. [More Information]
  • Marks, P. (2015). George Orwell and the History of Surveillance Studies. In Richard Lance Keeble (Eds.), George Orwell Now!, (pp. 13-29). New York: Peter Lang Publishing. [More Information]
  • Marks, P. (2014). Wolvogs, Pigoons and Crakers: Invasion of the bodysplices in Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake. In Jodi Frawley and Iain McCalman (Eds.), Rethinking Invasion Ecologies from the Environmental Humanities, (pp. 166-177). Oxon: Routledge.
  • Marks, P. (2013). England: 1933-1936. In Anthony Uhlmann (Eds.), Samuel Beckett in Context, (pp. 87-98). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Marks, P. (2012). Introduction: Pushing the World in Certain Directions. In Peter Marks (Eds.), Literature and Politics: Pushing the World in Certain Directions, (pp. 1-10). Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Marks, P. (2012). Pleeblands, Compounds and Paradice: Utopian and Dystopian Spaces in Oryx and Crake. In Peter Marks (Eds.), Literature and Politics: Pushing the World in Certain Directions, (pp. 214-224). Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Marks, P. (2012). The Left in the 1920s: Good Morning (1919-22); The Freeman (1920-4); and The Modern Quarterly (1923-9). In Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker (Eds.), The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines Volume II: North America 1894-1960, (pp. 857-880). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Marks, P. (2012). The Left in the 1930s: The Modern Quarterly (1929-33, became The Modern Monthly, 1933-40); Blast: A Magazine of Proletarian Short Stories (1933-4); and The Windsor Quarterly (1933-5). In Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker (Eds.), The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines Volume II: North America 1894-1960, (pp. 881-902). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Marks, P. (2009). Art and politics in the 1930s: the European Quarterly (1934-5), Left Review (1934-8), and Poetry and the People (1938-40). In Thacker, Andrew; Brooker, Peter (Eds.), The Oxford critical and cultural history of Modernist magazines, (pp. 623-646). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Journals

  • Marks, P. (2013). Monitoring the Unvisible: Seeing and unseeing in China Mieville's The City & The City. Surveillance and Society, 11(3), 222-236.
  • Smith, G., Westcott, H., San Roque, M., Marks, P. (2013). Surveillance texts and textualism: Truthtelling and trustmaking in an uncertain world. Surveillance and Society, 11(3), 215-221.
  • Marks, P. (2011). Money, 'Money', Money: Cultural Transactions Between Philip Larkin and Martin Amis. Sydney Studies in English, 37, 71-91.
  • Marks, P. (2008). Adaptation from Charles Darwin to Charlie Kaufman. Sydney Studies in English, 34, 19-40.
  • Marks, P. (2008). Surveillance screens and screening in "Code 46". Scan (Sydney): journal of media arts culture, 5(1), 1-15.
  • Marks, P. (2005). "And God Saw Everything": Paradise, Utopia and Surveillance. Script and Print: bulletin of the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand, 29(1-4), 178-191.
  • Marks, P. (2005). Imagining surveillance: utopian visions and surveillance studies. Surveillance and Society, 3(2-3), 222-239.
  • Marks, P. (2004). Making The New: Literary Periodical And The Construction Of Modernism. Precursors and Aftermaths, 0.084027778, 24-39.
  • Marks, P. (2001). Thinking on Paper:Incompleteness and the Essay. Sydney Studies in English, 27, 42-57.

Edited Journals

  • Chesher, C., Marks, P., Cleland, K. (2008). Screenscapes. Scan (Sydney): journal of media arts culture.

Other

  • Marks, P. (2005), Australia Talks Books: Down and Out in Paris and London.

2018

  • Marks, P. (2018). Literature of the 1990s: Endings and Beginnings. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. [More Information]

2015

  • Marks, P. (2015). Don't You See?: Surveillance and Utopian Tranquillity in The Good Soldier. In Max Saunders, Sara Haslam (Eds.), Ford Madox Ford's The Good Soldier: Centenary Essays, (pp. 283-298). Leiden: Koninklijke Brill. [More Information]
  • Marks, P. (2015). George Orwell and the History of Surveillance Studies. In Richard Lance Keeble (Eds.), George Orwell Now!, (pp. 13-29). New York: Peter Lang Publishing. [More Information]
  • Marks, P. (2015). Imagining Surveillance: Eutopian and Dystopian Literature and Film. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. [More Information]

2014

  • Marks, P. (2014). Wolvogs, Pigoons and Crakers: Invasion of the bodysplices in Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake. In Jodi Frawley and Iain McCalman (Eds.), Rethinking Invasion Ecologies from the Environmental Humanities, (pp. 166-177). Oxon: Routledge.

2013

  • Marks, P. (2013). England: 1933-1936. In Anthony Uhlmann (Eds.), Samuel Beckett in Context, (pp. 87-98). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Marks, P. (2013). Monitoring the Unvisible: Seeing and unseeing in China Mieville's The City & The City. Surveillance and Society, 11(3), 222-236.
  • Smith, G., Westcott, H., San Roque, M., Marks, P. (2013). Surveillance texts and textualism: Truthtelling and trustmaking in an uncertain world. Surveillance and Society, 11(3), 215-221.

2012

  • Marks, P. (2012). Introduction: Pushing the World in Certain Directions. In Peter Marks (Eds.), Literature and Politics: Pushing the World in Certain Directions, (pp. 1-10). Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Marks, P. (2012). Literature and Politics: Pushing the World in Certain Directions. Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Marks, P. (2012). Pleeblands, Compounds and Paradice: Utopian and Dystopian Spaces in Oryx and Crake. In Peter Marks (Eds.), Literature and Politics: Pushing the World in Certain Directions, (pp. 214-224). Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Marks, P. (2012). The Left in the 1920s: Good Morning (1919-22); The Freeman (1920-4); and The Modern Quarterly (1923-9). In Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker (Eds.), The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines Volume II: North America 1894-1960, (pp. 857-880). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Marks, P. (2012). The Left in the 1930s: The Modern Quarterly (1929-33, became The Modern Monthly, 1933-40); Blast: A Magazine of Proletarian Short Stories (1933-4); and The Windsor Quarterly (1933-5). In Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker (Eds.), The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines Volume II: North America 1894-1960, (pp. 881-902). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [More Information]

2011

  • Marks, P. (2011). George Orwell the Essayist: Literature, Politics and the Periodical Culture. London, UK: Continuum.
  • Marks, P. (2011). Money, 'Money', Money: Cultural Transactions Between Philip Larkin and Martin Amis. Sydney Studies in English, 37, 71-91.

2009

  • Marks, P. (2009). Art and politics in the 1930s: the European Quarterly (1934-5), Left Review (1934-8), and Poetry and the People (1938-40). In Thacker, Andrew; Brooker, Peter (Eds.), The Oxford critical and cultural history of Modernist magazines, (pp. 623-646). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Marks, P. (2009). Terry Gilliam. United Kingdom: Manchester University Press.

2008

  • Marks, P. (2008). Adaptation from Charles Darwin to Charlie Kaufman. Sydney Studies in English, 34, 19-40.
  • Chesher, C., Marks, P., Cleland, K. (2008). Screenscapes. Scan (Sydney): journal of media arts culture.
  • Marks, P. (2008). Surveillance screens and screening in "Code 46". Scan (Sydney): journal of media arts culture, 5(1), 1-15.

2005

  • Marks, P. (2005). "And God Saw Everything": Paradise, Utopia and Surveillance. Script and Print: bulletin of the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand, 29(1-4), 178-191.
  • Marks, P. (2005), Australia Talks Books: Down and Out in Paris and London.
  • Marks, P. (2005). Imagining surveillance: utopian visions and surveillance studies. Surveillance and Society, 3(2-3), 222-239.

2004

  • Marks, P. (2004). Making The New: Literary Periodical And The Construction Of Modernism. Precursors and Aftermaths, 0.084027778, 24-39.

2001

  • Marks, P. (2001). Thinking on Paper:Incompleteness and the Essay. Sydney Studies in English, 27, 42-57.

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