Portrait of Dr David Rudrum Dr David Rudrum

d.rudrum@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472683


David Rudrum joined the English team at the University of Huddersfield in the summer of 2006. Previously, he taught at London Metropolitan University, at the University of London (in both Goldsmiths College and Royal Holloway College), and at the Open University. He was awarded his PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London for a study entitled ‘Wittgenstein and the Theory of Narrative.’

David’s books include Supplanting the Postmodern (Bloomsbury: 2015), Stanley Cavell and the Claim of Literature (2013), and Literature and Philosophy: A Guide to Contemporary Debates (Palgrave: 2006). His first publication sparked a rather heated controversy with the distinguished narratologist Marie-Laure Ryan (see the journal Narrative, 2005-6). He is also a director of the Elmet Trust, an organisation dedicated to promoting the legacy and preserving the birthplace of the late poet laureate Ted Hughes.

Likes: the prose of Joseph Conrad; the plays of Samuel Beckett; the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein; the taste of a very fine Scotch whisky; the smell of napalm in the morning.
Dislikes: Pointless bureaucracy; mushrooms; structuralism; cats.

Research and Scholarship

I've published in a variety of journals, and have presented research papers in Britain, the USA, France, Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Portugal, and Malaysia. My research interests range across many areas, but most of them can be grouped under the following broad headings:

  • modernism, postmodernism, and the novel;
  • the interdisciplinary relations between literature and philosophy;
  • the various forms and theories of narrative.

I'm currently working on a book-length study of the French art theorist Nicolas Bourriaud, applying his ideas to a range of contemporary literary practice loosely connected by the aftermath of the printed book. This is provisionally entitled Relational Poetics: Towards a Literary Aesthetic of Community.

Other work in progress focuses on the common ground between philosophers of the early twentieth century (Nietzsche, Husserl, Wittgenstein, Heidegger) and novelists of the same period (Conrad, Joyce, Woolf, Nathanael West, and others). I'm trying to map out similarities between the ways philosophers conceptualise the idea of the self, and the ways novelists go about representing it.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Rudrum, D., Lodge, A. and Christofides, R. (2016) ‘“The Action to the Word, the Word to the Action” Reading Hamlet with Cavell and DerridaAngelaki , 21 (2), pp. 177-191. ISSN 0969-725X


Rudrum, D. and Stavris, N. (2015) Supplanting the Postmodern: An Anthology of Writings on the Arts and Culture of the Early 21st Century . : Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781501306884


Rudrum, D (2014) ‘Shlips of the tongue: or, experimenting with the Shibboleth’. In: De l’expérimental dans l’art / Concerning the experimental in art, 2-3rd October, 2014, Université du Maine (Le Mans)

Rudrum, D (2014) ‘“To Act, To Do, and To Perform”: Cavell, Derrida, and the Performance of Performativity in Hamlet’. In: Théâtre, Performance, Philosophie Colloque 2014 Croisements et transferts dans la pensée anglo-américaine contemporaine., 26-28th June 2014, Sorbonne, Paris


Rudrum, D (2013) ‘Shooting a Donkey: Accidents and Mistakes in Austin and McEwanPhilosophy and Literature , 37 (2), pp. 421-434. ISSN 0190-0013

Rudrum, D (2013) Stanley Cavell and the Claim of Literature . Baltimore, Maryland, USA: John Hopkins University Press. ISBN 9781421410487


Rudrum, D (2012) ‘How To Do Things With Wordsworth’. In: Stanley Cavell: Philosophy, Literature and Criticism. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press. pp. 166-180. ISBN 978-0-7190-8431-7

Rudrum, D (2012) ‘How Do You Solve A Problem Called Lolita?’. In: Holmfirth Film Festival, 19th-26th May 2012, Holmfirth, UK


Rudrum, D (2011) ‘Homage From Catalonia, or, Why Have We Built No Shrines to Orwell?’. In: George Orwell Festival, ,

Rudrum, D (2011) ‘Greene on Screene’. In: Holmfirth Film Festival, 21st-28th May 2011, Holmfirth, UK


Rudrum, D (2010) ‘The Time of Tragedy: Thinking the Contemporary with Cavell and Agamben’. In: The Time of Tragedy: Thinking the Contemporary with Cavell and Agamben, 22nd October 2010, University of California, Irvine

Rudrum, D (2010) ‘Just an Ordinary American Tragedy: Towards a Cavellian Reading of Death of a Salesman’. In: International American Drama Conference, 29th-30th October 2010, Kean University, New Jersey

Rudrum, D (2010) ‘Alltaegliche Tragoedien: Cavell, Beckett, und die Bedeutung der Bedeutungslosigkeit’. In: Happy Days: Lebenswissen nach Cavell. Munich, Germany: Wilhelm Fink. . ISBN 978-3-7705-4725-8


Rudrum, D (2009) ‘From The Sublime to the Ordinary: Stanley Cavell's BeckettTextual Practice , 23 (4), pp. 543-558. ISSN 0950-236X

Rudrum, D (2009) ‘Murder - A Dying Art? Orwell, Chandler, and the Mysterious Death of English Crime WritingSoutheast Asian Review of English , 49, pp. 15-25.


Rudrum, D (2008) ‘How to do things with Wordsworth’. In: Stanley Cavell and Literary Criticism Conference, 9th - 11th May 2008, University of Edinburgh

Rudrum, D (2008) ‘Slouching towards Bethlehem: Yeats, Eliot and the Modernist Apocalypse’. In: Ecstasy and understanding: Religious Awareness in English Poetry from the Late Victorian to the Modern Period. : Continuum. pp. 58-70. ISBN 9780826498649

Rudrum, D (2008) ‘Narrativity and performativity: from Cervantes to Star Trek’. In: Theorizing narrativity. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. pp. 253-276. ISBN 9783110202441

Rudrum, D (2008) ‘From sublime to ordinary: Stanley Cavell's Beckett’. In: Literature and Philosophy/Philosophy and Literature Inaugural Conference, 12th - 14th June 2008, University of Sussex

Rudrum, D (2008) ‘The Mysterious Case of the English Murder: The Britishness of Crime Writing’. In: Britishness, Identity and Citizenship: the View from Abroad Conference, 5th - 6th June 2008, University of Huddersfield

Rudrum, D (2008) ‘Murder - A Dying Art? George Orwell, Raymond Chandler, and the Mysterious Death of English Crime Writing’. In: Crime Cultures: Figuring Criminality in Literature, Media and Film International Conference, 14th - 16th July 2008, University of Portsmouth , pp. 14-15


Rudrum, D (2007) ‘Da Certeza e Doublethink: Orwell e WittgensteinCaleidoscopio: Revista de Communicacao e Cultura , 8 (1), pp. 167-175. ISSN 1645-2585

Rudrum, D (2007) ‘Everyday Tragedies: Cavell, Beckett, and the meaning of meaninglessness’. In: Happy days: self, time and knowledge in the work of Stanley Cavell International Conference, 5th - 7th July 2007, University of Potsdam


Rudrum, D (2006) ‘Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Yeats, Eliot, and the Modernist Apocalypse’. In: English Division's Research Seminar, 4th October 2006, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK

Rudrum, D (2006) ‘On the Very Idea of a Definition of Narrative: A Reply to Marie-Laure RyanNarrative , 14 (2), pp. 197-204. ISSN 1063-3685

Rudrum, D (2006) ‘Ethics, Justice, Translation: Lyotard on Wittgenstein’. In: Translating Identity and the Identity of Translation. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 132-140. ISBN 9781847180438


Rudrum, D (2005) ‘Living alone: solipsism and Heart of DarknessPhilosophy and Literature , 29 (2), pp. 409-427. ISSN 0190-0013

Rudrum, D (2005) ‘Silent dialogue: philosophising with Jan Svankmajer’. In: Film as Philosophy. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 114-132. ISBN 9781403949004

Rudrum, D (2005) ‘From narrative representation to narrative use: towards the limits of definitionNarrative , 13 (2), pp. 195-204. ISSN 1063-3685

Rudrum, D (2005) ‘What did Cavell want of Poe?Angelaki , 10 (3), pp. 91-98. ISSN 0969-725X


Rudrum, D (2002) ‘NarratologyThe literary encyclopedia . ISSN 1747-678X


Rudrum, D (2001) ‘Postmodernity, Ethics and the Novel: From Leavis to Levinas. By Andrew Gibson (book review)European journal of English studies , 5 (1), pp. 123-124. ISSN 1382-5577


Rudrum, D (1999) ‘Writing the Image After Roland Barthes. Edited by Jean-Michel Rabate (book review)European journal of English studies , 3 (3), pp. 354-356. ISSN 1382-5577

Research Degree Supervision

David Rudrum is happy to supervise research students (MA by Research, MPhil, PhD) in any of the following areas:

  • Literature and philosophy;
  • critical theory;
  • modernism;
  • narrative;
  • postmodernism