Associate Professor Peter Marks

BA Hons (NSW), PhD (Edin.)

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 6862

Biographical details

I am particularly interested in literature as social critique; in relationships between literature and cinema as well as between literature and politics; in periodical culture, and in utopias (broadly conceived). My book, George Orwell the Essayist: Literature, Politics and the Periodical Culture, published by Continuum (2011), is the first full-length treatment of Orwell’s essays. I also produced the first sustained critical study of the maverick director Terry Gilliam for Manchester University Press’s British Filmmakers series (2009). Another line of current research investigates surveillance as it has been predicted, depicted and assessed in literary and cinematic utopias, employing recent surveillance theory to investigate utopias, and utopias to analyze surveillance theory. I have published several articles on this topic (see, for example, ‘Imagining Surveillance: Utopian Visions and Surveillance Studies’), and am a member of the ‘Surveillance in Everyday Life’ research group at the University of Sydney. 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. I have published articles on the films Adaptation and Code 46, on how periodicals such as Blast and Transition helped literary Modernism come into being, as well as on George Orwell, Margaret Atwood, Socialist realism, D. H. Lawrence, theories of the essay, the links between Martin Amis and Philip Larkin, as well as an encyclopedia entry on Monty Python’s Flying Circus. My chapter on Samuel Beckett in the 1930s appears in Cambridge University Press’s Samuel Beckett in Context (2013). I edited and contributed to Literature and Politics: Pushing the World in Certain Directions (2012). I am a Corresponding Fellow of the English Association (UK) and have been a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall Cambridge and the University of Edinburgh. I am a designated Key Researcher in the cross-disciplinary Sydney Network on Climate Change and Society, the result of my research in the connections between utopias and the environment.

Teaching and supervision

As part of my interests with tertiary level teaching, I have a Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education) from the University of Sydney (2005), and was awarded a Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching Award (Design and Practice) in 2008. 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, and the work of Ian McEwan and Bernhard Schlink.

Awards and honours

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

Selected grants

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 Wall C; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

2011

  • Monitoring Heavens and Hells: Surveillance in Literary and Cinematic Utopias and Dystopias; Marks P; School of Letters, Art and Media, University of Sydney/ARC Assistance Scheme.

2010

  • The Surveillance and Everyday Life Research Group; Marks P, O'Malley P, Martin G, Robertson S, Cleland K, Epstein C, Clancey G, Race K, Scott Bray R; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.
  • The Environmental Humanities Group; McCalman I, Bashford A, White S, McCreery C, Gibbs M, Schlosberg D, Celermajer D, Philp J, Robertson S, Fitzmaurice A, Giles P, Marks P, Hardie M, Smith V, Alt C, Race K, Allon F; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

Selected publications

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Books

  • 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. (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. 166-178). 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, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • 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, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • 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.

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. 166-178). 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, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • 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, UK: Oxford University Press.

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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