About Associate Professor Peter Marks
Dr Peter Marks is particularly interested in literature as social critique, in relationships between literature and cinema, literature and politics, in periodical culture, and in utopias. A 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 analyse surveillance theory. He has published several articles on this topic. Dr Marks has just completed a critical study of the satirical fantasist director Terry Gilliam for Manchester Unity Press's British Filmmakers series. The fact that Gilliam was born in Minnesota is only one of the aspects he examines. Recent article deals with periodicals such as Blast and transition on how they helped literary Modernism come into being. He has also published on George Orwell, Margaret Atwood, Socialist realism, literary periodicals, DH Lawrence and theories of the essay.