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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Dr David Anderson


Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Room Number: Graduate Centre 6.06
Office Hours: Wednesdays, 2-4pm


My research at QMUL focuses on the circulation of the intercultural circulation of ‘declinist’ narratives in the postwar period. Before joining QMUL I studied and taught in the Department of English Language and Literature at UCL, where I completed my PhD in 2017. My monograph, Landscape and Subjectivity in the Work of Patrick Keiller, W.G. Sebald and Iain Sinclair, is due to be published soon by Oxford University Press; it looks at imaginations of English culture and built/‘natural’ environments in the latter part of the twentieth century and the early years of the twenty-first, ranging across film and literature. In the past year I have been engaged as a Research Associate with UCL’s Urban Lab, co-curating the symposium and screening series City, Essay, Film.




  • Landscape and Subjectivity in the Work of Patrick Keiller, W.G. Sebald and Iain Sinclair (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
  • The Sherlock Holmes Book (Dorling Kindersley, November 2015) (co-author)

Chapters in books

  • ‘A Melancholy Topography: Patrick Keiller's Vision of London in the 1990s’, in Pam Hirsch and Chris O'Rourke (eds.) London on Film: The City and Social Change (Palgrave Macmillan, December 2017)
  • ‘An Arbitrary Encyclopaedia: On the Work of Jonathan Meades’, in Politics By Other Means: Selected Criticism of Review 31 (Zero Books, June 2014)


  • ‘Speculative Topography: The Fantastical Overdetermination of Space in Iain Sinclair’s Early Writing’, Literary London Journal, forthcoming
  • ‘Patrick Keiller, Stonebridge Park, and “the Subjective Transformation of Space”’, Moveable Type 8, November 2016
  • ‘Graveyards’, The Point 12, July 2016

Selected reviews/interviews

  • ‘Vagrant Theory’ (review of Jeff Ferrell’s Drift), The Quietus, June 2018
  • ‘Stuck On Loop: Iain Sinclair's London Overground’, Review 31, July 2015
  • ‘Terror and Wonder: the Gothic imagination’ (review of the British Library’s Gothic exhibition), Prospect, November 2014
  • Interview with Patrick Keiller, The White Review, February 2014
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