Patrick Deer is Associate Professor of English at New York University, where he focuses on war culture and war literature, modernism, and contemporary British and American literature and culture, and Anglophone literature and human rights. He was Director of College Honors Programs for NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences from 2011-2014. His first book, Culture in Camouflage: War, Empire and Modern British Literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009; paperback, forthcoming Fall 2015), explores the emergence of modern war culture in the first half of the 20th century. He argues that the British state and war machine actively cannibalized culture as it reinvented itself in times of crisis and focuses on the struggle of writers and intellectuals to find their own perspectives on total war.
He is currently working on two book projects about twentieth and twenty-first century transatlantic literature and culture: Deep England: Forging British Culture After Empire, focuses on the second half of the twentieth century and explores tropes of violence, consumption, secrecy, dissent and nostalgia in a national literature and culture that he argues has actively resisted decline and decolonization between 1945 and 1979. Surge and Silence: Understanding America’s Cultures of War, explores contemporary US and British war culture since 1989 and focuses in particular on literature, film and media from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Patrick Deer is also co-organizer of NYU’s Cultures of War and the Post-war research collaborative, which aims to contribute to the debates around war culture and to produce concrete outcomes for post-war cultural policies which bridge the divides between academia, veterans, the military, activists, writers and creative artists.
His recent graduate courses have included “Imperial Modernism,” “War Culture,” “Late Modernism,” “The Contemporary Novel and the Culture of War,” and “Transatlantic Modernism,” co-taught with Prof Peter Nicholls. His undergraduate teaching focuses on war culture and war literature, modernism, twentieth century British and American literature and culture, literature and popular music, and the novel and film.