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David Winters

David Winters

Department: English

Supervisor: Kasia Boddy

College: Pembroke

AHRC Subject Area: Literature

Title of Thesis: Gordon Lish and American Literature since 1960


My PhD examines the influence of the writer, editor and teacher Gordon Lish on American fiction from 1960 to the present, focusing on the institutional diffusion of Lish's aesthetic theories. Before coming to Cambridge, I worked for several years as an editor at an academic publishing house, and as a literary journalist. I'm co-editor in chief of 3:AM Magazine, and I write about literature, criticism and philosophy for a wide range of print and online publications. 

Other areas of interest

Contemporary fiction
American literature
The short story
History and theory of literary criticism
Continental philosophy
Sociology of literature
Sociology of ideas and intellectuals
Conceptual history
Disciplinary history
Publishing studies
Creative writing pedagogy
Institutional contexts of literary influence

Key Publications

  • Infinite Fictions: Essays on Literature and Theory (Zero Books, 2015)
  • 'Theory on Theory', The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory (Oxford University Press, 2014, 2015)
  • Reviews in Modernism/modernityTextual PracticeCritical QuarterlyRadical Philosophy, etc
  • Criticism, journalism and interviews in TLSGuardianIndependentBookforumLiterary ReviewLos Angeles Review of Books, Brooklyn Rail, American Reader, White Review, New Inquiry, etc