Steven Connor


Steven Connor is the Director of CRASSH, Grace 2 Professor of English in the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge. He came to Cambridge in 2012, having been Professor of Modern Literature and Theory at Birkbeck College, London and, from 2003 to 2012, Director of the London Consortium Graduate Programme in Humanities and Cultural Studies, a collaboration between Birkbeck and cultural institutions in the capital, including Tate, the British Film Institute, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Architectural Association and the Science Museum. He is a writer, critic and broadcaster, who has published 23 books and edited collections, on a wide range of topics, including Dickens, Beckett, Joyce, value, ventriloquism, skin, flies and the imagination of air.

His most recent books are Beyond Words: Sobs, Hums, Stutters and Other Vocalizations (London: Reaktion, 2014), Beckett, Modernism and the Material Imagination (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), Living By Numbers: In Defence of Quantity (London: Reaktion/Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019), Dream Machines (London: Open Humanities Press, 2017) and The Madness of Knowledge: On Wisdom, Ignorance and Fantasies of Knowing (London: Reaktion/Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019). His book Giving Way: Thoughts on Unappreciated Dispositions  will appear from Stanford University Press in October 2019.  He is currently working on Pretty Please, a book about the pragmatics of petitionary acts.

Please visit for a full list of publications, along with the texts of unpublished essays, broadcasts and lectures.





September 2018 - Present


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