Philip Leonard

Professor Philip Leonard is Research Coordinator for English and chairs NTU’s English Research Advisory Group. His research focuses on globalization, technology, and contemporary literature and theory. He is currently completing a monograph titled A World without Ground: On Being and Writing in Orbit which considers the relationship between orbital space and perceptions of the world as a planetary body that can be viewed, mapped, and measured as a unitary – global – entity. He is also writing The Great Globe Itself: Literature and Theory against the World, a book exploring recent debates in literary studies and philosophy about the limits of ‘globalization’ as a concept for understanding contemporary transnationalisms.

Selected Publications


‘The global and the neoliberal: Indra Sinha’s Animal’s people, from human community to zones of indistinction’ in J. Ramone (ed.), Postcolonial Texts: New Contexts, New Narratives, New Debates (London: Bloomsbury, 2016)

‘A poetics of infinite resolution: literature and globalization’ in B. Schoene and E. Pollard (eds), Accelerated Times: British lLterature in Transition 1980-2000 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016)

‘A Secret Dispersal: Derrida’s Satellites’, Parallax, 20.1 (2014), pp.98-111

‘A Revolution in Code: Hari Kunzru’s Transmission and the Cultural Politics of Hacking’, Textual Practice, 28.2 (2014), pp.267-287

Literature After Globalization: Textuality, Technology and the Nation State (London: Continuum, 2013)

Nationality Between Poststructuralism and Postcolonial Theory: A New Cosmopolitanism (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2005)


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