Professor Sebastian Groes
Professor in English Literature - 50th Anniversary Chair in English
I started at Wolverhampton in January 2018. Originally of Dutch extraction, I have lived in the UK since 2000. I did my PhD (on the representation of London in Contemporary Fiction) at the University of East Anglia. Follow me @basgroes
My interests focus on twentieth and twenty-first century Literature, Culture and Theory, with a particular emphasis on Modernist and contemporary writing, and a growing interest in the Digital Humanities, and the intersections between science and the arts and humanities. I am the Principal Investigator of the Memory Network, an AHRC and Wellcome Trust-funded Research Network bringing scientists, arts and humanities scholars, writers and artists together to think critically and creatively about memory in the twenty-first century. I'm Series Co-Editor of Contemporary Critical Perspectives (Bloomsbury), and wrote The Making of London (Palgrave, 2011), and British Fiction in the Sixties (Bloomsbury, 2015). I edited volumes on Ian McEwan, Julian Barnes and two volumes on Kazuo Ishiguro's work: Kazuo Ishiguro: Contemporary Critical Perspectives (Bloomsbury, 2010) and Kazuo Ishiguro: Critical Visions of the Novels (Palgrave, 2011). I'm interested in historicizing our contemporary moment, with a special interest in Modernism, as evidenced by my recent writing on memory in the digital age, information overload, cognitive offloading and the extended mind thesis (EMT), as well as my historicisation of the relationship between literature and surveillance in an essay entitled 'Observing Fictions: Literature and Surveillance from 1984 to 9/11'. My next book project explores cognition and memory in the digital age, The Prosthetic Gods (Yale UP). I am the Principal Investigator of the Memory Network, an AHRC and Wellcome Trust-funded Research Network bringing scientists, arts and humanities scholars, writers and artists together to think critically and creatively about memory in the twenty-first century.
MA (VU University, Amsterdam), MA (East Anglia), PhD (East Anglia)
- Prosthetic Gods: Transactive Cognition in Contemporary Literature. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2020. [forthcoming]
- 'Neurofictions? Literary and Neuroscientific Perspectives on Psychogeography in the Work of Will Self', Journal for Cognition and Culture, Volume 16, Issue 3-4, September, 2020. [forthcoming]
- 'Observing Fictions: Literature and Surveillance from 1984 to 9/11', Infrastructures of Identity: The Sciences and Cultures of Identification, ed. Rex Ferguson. Penn State University Press, 2019. [forthcoming]
- 'I Love Alaska: posthuman subjectivity and memory on the final frontiers of our Ecology Crisis', Textual Practice, special issue edited by Jessica Rapson and Lucy Bond, 14 June, 2017. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0950236X.2017.1323492
- 'Information Overload in Literature', Textual Practice, Vol. 31, Issue 7, January 2016. DOI:10.1080/0950236X.2015.1126630. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0950236X.2015.1126630
- British Fiction in the Sixties. New York and London: Bloomsbury, 2016. 'Proust and Memory in Tom McCarthy's Remainder', in Critical Perspectives on the Work of Tom McCarthy, ed. Dennis Duncan. Canterbury: Gylphi, 2016, 177-299.
- Memory in the Twenty-First Century. Editor. London: Palgrave, 2016. Women's Writing after 9/11. Co-editor with Claire Colebrook and Peter Childs. Lexington, 2014.
- 'Surveillance in the Work of Nicola Barker', in Women's Writing after 9/11. Claire Colebrook and Peter Childs. Lexington, 2014, pp. 159-78.
- Ian McEwan: Contemporary Critical Perspectives. Second Edition. Editor and Contributor New York and London: Bloomsbury Academic, June 2013.
- 'Residual Traces of Postmodernism in Contemporary English Literature' in Reconsidering the Postmodern: European Literature beyond Relativism. Eds. Thomas Vaessens and Yra van Dijk Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2013, pp. 123-145.
- Kazuo Ishiguro: Critical Visions of the Novels. Co-Editor. Palgrave, 2011.
- 'J.G. Ballard' in The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction, ed. Brian Shaffer, Oxford: Blackwell, 2011, pp 25-28.
- 'Kicking the Dog Will Do': J. G. Ballard's Strategies of Abjection, in J. G. Ballard: Critical Visions, ed. Jeannette Baxter and Roland Wymer. Houndmills: Palgrave, 2011.
- Julian Barnes: Contemporary Critical Perspectives. Co-editor with Peter Childs. New York and London: Continuum, 2011.
- The Making of London: Representations of London in Contemporary Fiction. Single Author. Houndmills: Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2011.
- 'Ian McEwan and the Modernist Consciousness of the City, in Contemporary Critical Perspectives: Ian McEwan, ed. Groes, S. New York/London: Continuum, 2009, pp. 99-114.
- Kazuo Ishiguro: Contemporary Critical Perspectives. Co-Editor with Sean Matthews, and Contributor. New York and London: Continuum, December 2009.
- 'From Shanghai to Shepperton: Crises of Representation in J. G. Ballard's Londons', in Contemporary Critical Perspectives: J.G. Ballard, ed. J. Baxter. New York/London: Continuum, 2009, pp. 78-93.
Media: BBC radio and TV; Guardian Review; 'Talking Books', Newstalk Radio; Museum of London; Nesta; Cheltenham Literary Festival; Edinburgh Literary Festival; Serpentine Gallery etc.
Peer reviewer for: AHRC Large Grants scheme; Edinburgh UP, PalgraveMacmillan, Bloomsbury Academic, Gothic Studies, C21 Literature, European Journal of Cultural Studies, English Studies, Clio: A Journal of Literature, History and the History of Literature, European Journal of Cultural Studies.
I welcome research students interested in exploring time, memory and consciousness; posthumanism; place/space; psychogeography; spying, surveillance and carceral theory; subversive and experimental literatures and radical aesthetics. I also work with creative writing students.