Dr Adam Stock

Lecturer: English Literature

School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy

E: a.stock@yorksj.ac.uk

T: 87 6774

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BA (Hons) 1st Class History and Politics, Birmingham University 2006
MA (Merit) Cultural and Intellectual History, Queen Mary University of London 2007
PhD English Literature, Durham University 2012

I am the module co-ordinator for Introduction to Literary Studies 2 (level 1) and Writing the Twentieth Century (level 3). My teaching also covers modules on science fiction, canonicity, composition, and contemporary writing.

My primary research is in Utopian Studies, SF and modernism. These interdisciplinary areas tie together through an interest in how narrative and form can be mobilised to make political arguments. I also have interests in critical theory, cultural and intellectual history and the digital humanities. My PhD (Durham, 2012) was on Mid-twentieth century dystopian fiction and political thought, and am currently preparing a monograph entitled Dystopian Fiction and Political Thought: Narratives of World Politics to be published by Routledge (2018). I have previously written on authors including George Orwell, John Wyndham, Margaret Atwood, and Katherine Burdekin. Adam is Hon. Treasurer of the Utopian Studies Society (Europe).

Before I was appointed as lecturer at York St John University in 2015, I was Research Associate at Newcastle University (2012-15) where I was heavily involved in REF 2014 preparations, in addition to teaching and administrative responsibilities. In 2014-15 I was co-applicant and Network Facilitator on the Leverhulme Research Network on utopian studies, "Imaginaries of the Future". Additionally, I was Co-Investigator on the 2014-15 AHRC Care for the Future award "Re-Configuring Ruins", which explored practices of living with ruins, both textual and material. In summer 2015 I was Visiting Scholar at Concordia University, Montreal, where I co-designed a locative app based on an alternative future.

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Recent publications

Journal articles and book chapters

“The Future-As-Past in Dystopian Fiction” Poetics Today 37.3 (September 2016). pp. 415-442.

“The Blind Logic of Plants: Biology and Enlightenment in John Wyndham’s The Day of The Triffids”. Science Fiction Studies 42.3 (November 2015). pp. 433-457.

“Little Nephews: Big Brother’s Literary Offspring” in George Orwell Now Ed. Richard Keeble. (New York: Peter Lang, 2015). pp. 63-80.

“Dystopia as Post-Enlightenment Critique in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four” in Dystopia Matters Ed. Fátima Vieira. (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013). pp. 115-29.

“Of Pigs and Men: The Politics of Nature in George Orwell’s Fiction” in Orwell Today Ed. Richard Keeble. (Bury St Edmunds: Abramis Press, 2012). pp. 38-53.


Review: Patrick Parrinder, Utopian Literature and Science: From the Scientific Revolution to Brave New World and beyond. Review of English Studies. March 2016.

“A Handbook for Doom” Review: Voigts, Eckart and Alexandra Boller (eds) 2015. Dystopia, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalypse: Classics, New Tendencies, Model Interpretations. Anglia 134.2 (June 2016).


Dystopian Fiction and Political Thought: Narratives of World Politics. Monograph under contract with Routledge. In Preparation. Expected Publication Date: 1 April 2018. (c. 90,000 words).

“In the Mesh” App. Brian Greenspan, Adam Stock, et al. In Preparation. Expected Publication Date: May 2018.

Selected recent conference contributions

The Ten Commandments, Revisited: a Round Table on Approaches to Ruins. Past Matters, Research Futures: AHRC conference, Royal Society London, 12-13 Dec 2016.

Ruin in Utopia. Congreso internacional 500 años de Utopía. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 15-16 Dec 2016.

Living After the End Times: Utopia, Apocalypse, and Ruins. ACLA, Harvard University, 17-20 March 2016.

Time after time: Apocalypse, Ruins and the Cities of Dystopian Fiction. 16th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society, Newcastle University, 1-4 July 2015.

Roundtable: “Ruins, Temporalities, Utopia and the City”. AHRC Symposium, “Utopias, Temporalities and Futures: Critical Considerations for Social Change.” Bristol Zoo, 20-21 May 2015.

Re-thinking Ruins and Temporality in Fiction and Film. AHRC Care for the Future/Labex Pasts in the Present Joint Workshop, Royal Society London 22-23 Apr 2015.

Blast Paris! Ambivalent topographies in Modernist Fiction. Society for Utopian Studies. Montreal, 22-24 Oct 2014.

To the Metropolis, and Beyond! Ambivalent Topographies in the Fiction of Wyndham Lewis. European Avant-garde and Modernist Studies network (EAM). University of Helsinki 28-31 Aug 2014.

Little Nephews: Big Brother’s Literary Offspring. George Orwell Now. The George Orwell Society symposium, University of Lincoln. (Invited speaker) 12 June 2014.

“Ghastly Paraphernalia”: A Cultural History of the Hypodermic Syringe and Drug Use. “Understanding Human Flourishing” conference, Durham University. 16-17 May 2013.

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