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PhD projects

Global crime fiction Contemporary US fiction US crime fiction Contemporary fiction and violence Suspense, spy, thriller, espionage fiction

19962020

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Personal profile

Interests

My research and teaching interests lie mainly in the areas of transnatrional crime fiction, spy/espionage fiction and contemporary fiction that examines security and policing issues. I have recently published a monograph, Unwilling Executioner: Crime Fiction and the State (Oxford, 2016), that examines the emergence from the 1720s onwards of a particular strain of politically-minded crime fiction as a transnational phenomenon. A book I co-edited with David Schmid (Buffalo), Globalization and the State in Contemporary Crime Fiction: A World of Crime (Palgrave, 2016) expands and extends this focus in the contemporary era. I am also the author of five crime novels set in London between the 1820s and 1840s including The Last Days of Newgate (2006), The Detective Branch (2010) and Bloody Winter (2011). I have recently

Particulars

I am the author of Unwilling Executioner: Crime Fiction and the State (Oxford University Press, 2016) and co-edited of Globalization and the State in Contemporary Crime Fiction (Palgrave, 2016). I am the author of The Contemporary American Crime Novel (Edinbugh, 2000) and co-author of American History and Contemporary Hollywood Film (Edinburgh, 2005). I have written five historical crime novels set in London in the 1820, 1830s and 1840s including The Last Days of Newgate (2006), The Detective Branch (2010) and Bloody Winter (2011) all published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

Research Statement

My current research explores the relationship between crime, capitalism, security and race and crime fiction as a transnational and transhistorical phenomenon.

I could supervise doctoral students interested in working in the following areas or fields: twentieth- and twenty-first century U.S literature, crime fiction written in English from any era and crime fiction in translation from anywhere in the world, American cultural studies.

Teaching

I convene and teach on our first year module, Introduction to Contemporary Fiction, and our second year module, Introduction to American Writing. My third year option, Contemporary U.S. Crime Fiction: The Police, the State, the Globe, runs in the first semester and focuses on four themes: the 'war on drugs' and the US-Mexico Border; policing the city; public-private; and outsiders/social bandits. Exemplary texts include The Wire (season 3), James Sallis's Drive, Don Winslow's The Cartel, and Daniel Woodrell's Winter's Bone. At MA level I offer materials that consider the relationship between violence, affect and the workplace in contemporary genre fiction.

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Projects

Research Output

Crime Fiction and Global Capital

Pepper, A., 01 Jan 2020, (Accepted) The Routledge Companion to Crime Fiction. Allan, J., Gulddal, J., King, S. & Pepper, A. (eds.). Routledge, (Routedge Literature Companions).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Crime Fiction and Narcotics

Pepper, A., 01 Jan 2020, (Accepted) The Routledge Companion to Crime Fiction. Allain, J., Gulddal, J., King, S. & Pepper, A. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Capitalism as Affective Atmosphere: The Noir Worlds of Massimo Carlotto

Pepper, A., 01 Nov 2019, (Accepted) Noir Affect. Breu, C. & Hatmaker, E. A. (eds.). Fordham University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

'Complex' Crime Fiction and the Politics of Ongoing-ness: Don Winslow's War against Endings

Pepper, A., 01 Dec 2019, (Accepted) In : Crime Fiction Studies. 1, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    Captivating Criminality 7

    Andrew Pepper (Keynote/plenary speaker)
    02 Jul 202004 Jul 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    The North London Story Festival

    Andrew Pepper (Invited speaker)
    19 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    American Comparative Literature Association 2019 annual meeting

    Andrew Pepper (Speaker)
    08 Mar 201909 Mar 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Contemporary Literature and Culture: Politics and Aesthetics in Crisis

    Andrew Pepper (Organiser)
    11 Dec 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    “Delicate Infractions”: Innovations, Expansions, and Revolutions in the Crime Genre

    Andrew Pepper (Speaker)
    14 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Thesis

    Our Best Selves: J. G. Ballard, Jennifer Egan, and Conceptions of Happiness Under Neoliberalism

    Author: Malone, P., Jul 2018

    Supervisor: Pepper, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy