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Dr Alistair Brown
Associate lecturer in English Literature; researching video games and literature

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Through exploring the psychopathology of Capgras syndrome, in which a patient mistakes a loved one for an imposter, The Echo Maker offers a sustained meditation on the ways in which we project our own problems onto other people. As a reflection on the mysteries of consciousness, the novel offers some interesting if not especially new insights into the fuzzy boundaries between scientific and literary interpretations of the mind. Read more



Editor, Research in English At Durham, 2013-present.

Editor, Institute of Advanced Study Annual Report 2009-2010 (2011).

Index Editor, T.S. Eliot in Context, ed. Jason Harding (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2011).

Editor, Institute of Advanced Study Annual Report 2008-2009 (2010).

Editor, Kaleidoscope 2.1 (2008).

Technical Editor, Kaleidoscope 1.1 (2007).

Book Chapters

“Is Posthuman Incest Possible? Science Fiction and the Futures of the Body,”  Incest in Contemporary Literature, ed. Emma Miller and Miles Leeson (Manchester UP, forthcoming 2016).

“Renaissance Demons and Posthuman Cyborgs: Ambroise Paré’s On Monsters and Marvels and Donna Haraway’s ‘Cyborg Manifesto,’” Unnatural Reproductions and Monstrosity: The Birth of the Monster in Literature, Film, and Media, ed. Brandy Schillace and Andrea Wood (London: Cambria 2014).

“The Sense of an Ending: The Computer Game Fallout 3 as a Serial Fiction,” Serialization in Popular Culture, ed. Thijs van den Berg and Rob Allen (London: Routledge, 2014).

“E-Volutionary Fictions: The Darwinian Algorithm in Literature and Computer Games,” The Evolution of Literature in European Cultures, ed. Nicolas Saul and Simon James (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011).

Refereed Journal Articles

“Communication Technology and Narrative: Letters, Instant Messaging, and Mobile Phones in Three Romantic Novels,” Poetics Today 36.1-2 (2015) 33-58 <http://poeticstoday.dukejournals.org/content/36/1-2/33.abstract>.

Grand Theft Auto as a Cognitive Map of the Postmodern Condition,” Writing Technologies 4 (2012) <http://www.ntu.ac.uk/writing_technologies/current_journal/index.html>.

“Rereading Posthumanism in The War of the Worlds and Independence Day,” E-Sharp 12 (2008) <http://www.gla.ac.uk/departments/esharp/issues/12winter2008technologyandhumanity/>.

“Uniting the Two Cultures of Body and Mind in A.S. Byatt’s A Whistling Woman,” Journal of Literature and Science 1.1 (2008) <http://literatureandscience.research.glam.ac.uk/journal/issue1/>.

Non-Refereed Articles in Edited Journals

“What Game Worlds Can Teach Us About Literary Worlds,” Alluvium (2016) <https://www.alluvium-journal.org/2016/05/31/what-game-worlds-can-teach-us-about-literary-worlds/>.

“Notes Towards a Video Game Aesthetics,” Art Pulse 20.6 (2014)

“Are Video Games Postmodern,” Alluvium (2013) <www.alluvium-journal.org/2013/05/13/are-video-game-narratives-postmodern/>.

 “Ulysses as a Role Playing Game,” Alluvium (2012) <http://www.alluvium-journal.org/2012/10/01/ulysses-as-an-rpg/>.

 “Driving Tutorials,” Postgraduate English 13 (2006) <http://www.dur.ac.uk/postgraduate.english/Issue%2017/tips.htm>.


Topics in Modernism (Singapore: SIM University, 2013).


Edited Blog Posts

“The growing user base of Academia. edu presents new issues for the sharing and dissemination of research,” London School of Economics Impact Blog (2015) <http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2015/10/06/the-growing-user-base-of-academia-edu-issues-in-the-dissemination-of-research/>.

“Using Web Automation Tools to Collate Impact Evidence from Social Media,”  London School of Economics Impact Blog (2014) <http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2014/08/08/web-automation-tools-social-media-ifttt-zapier/>.

“Martians, Modernism and Martin Amis,” Interesting Literature (2013) <http://interestingliterature.com/2013/12/06/guest-blog-martians-modernism-and-martin-amis/>

“Are Video Games Literature?” Interesting Literature (2013) <http://interestingliterature.com/2013/08/20/guest-blog-are-video-games-literature/>

“Proving Dissemination is Only One Half of Your Impact Story: Twitter Provides Proof of Real-Time Engagement with the Public,” London School of Economics Impact Blog (2012) <http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2012/12/11/brown-twitter-monitor-real-time-responses/>.

“Writing Around the Subject: On the Benefits of Blogging,” GRADBritain 4 (2008) <http://www.vitae.ac.uk/3909/GRADBritain-online-magazine.html>.

Review Essays

“Pitchforks at the Library Doors? Literary Studies in the Digital Age,” Kaleidoscope 2.1 (2008) <http://www.dur.ac.uk/kaleidoscope/issues/v2i1/>.



The Freudian Robot, by Lydia H. Liu, British Society for Literature and Science  <http://www.bsls.ac.uk/reviews/general-and-theory/lydia-h-liu-the-freudian-robot/>

A Genealogy of Cyborgothic: Aesthetics and Ethics in the Age of Posthumanism, by Dongshin Yi, British Society for Literature and Science  <http://www.bsls.ac.uk/reviews/modern-and-theory/dongshin-yi-a-genealogy-of-cyborgothic/>

Anti-Consumerism in the West, by Kim Humphery, Green World 69 (2010)

Thinking in Systems: A Primer, by Donella Meadows, Green World 66 (2010) <http://www.greenworld.org.uk/index.html>.

Charles Darwin, by Tim Berra, Kaleidoscope 3.2 (2010) <http://www.dur.ac.uk/kaleidoscope>.

The Case of the Imaginary Detective, by Karen Joy Fowler, The Critical Flame 2.1 (2009) <http://www.criticalflame.org>.

Seasick, by Alanna Mitchell, Green World 64 (2009) <http://www.greenworld.org.uk/index.html>.

Different Engines: How Fiction Drives Science and Science Drives Fiction, by Mark Brake and Neil Hook, British Society for Literature and Science <http://www.bsls.ac.uk/?page_id=244>.

Learning to Teach in Higher Education by Paul Ramsden and A Handbook for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education ed. Heather Fry et al. Postgraduate English 16 (2007) <http://www.dur.ac.uk/postgraduate.english/>.

Exhibition Curation

Robot!, co-curated with Simon James and Julie Biddecombe-Brown, Durham University Palace Green Library, November 2013-April 2014.

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