Ph.D., 2000 (English), Columbia University; M.PHil., 1995 (English); M.A. (English and Comparative Literature) 1989, Columbia; B.A., 1988 (English Literature), Balliol College, Oxford.
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Patrick Deer is an Associate Professor of English at New York University, where he focuses on war culture and war literature, modernism, contemporary British literature and culture, the novel and film, cultural studies, Anglophone literature and post-colonial studies. His first book, Culture in Camouflage: War, Empire and Modern British Literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), 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 focus, and him on the struggle of writers and intellectuals to find their own perspectives on total war. His next book, 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 the present. He is also currently working on a book project on contemporary US and British war culture, whose working title is Surge and Silence: Understanding America’s Cultures of War. I have published essays on film adaptation, Anti-Americanism, W.H. Auden’s poetry, and transatlantic modernism, and have guest edited special issues of Social Text on The Ends of War (ST 91, Summer 2007) and Punk and Its Afterlives (ST 113, forthcoming Summer 2013). Recent graduate courses have included “Imperial Modernism,” “War Culture,” and “Late Modernism.” His teaching focuses on war culture and war literature, modernism, twentieth century British literature and culture, and the novel and film.
He is Guest Editor of The Ends of War, a Special Issue of Social Text 91 (Summer 2007) vol. 25.2., and Co-Editor, with Gyan Prakash and Ella Shohat, of Reflections on the Work of Edward Said: Special Issue, Social Text 87:, (Summer 2006) vol. 24.2. His published work also includes, "The Dogs of War: Myths of British Anti-Americanism," in AntiAmericanism, ed. Andrew Ross and Kristin Ross (New York University Press, 2004), and "Defusing the English Patient," an essay on the film adaptation of Michael Ondaatje's novel commissioned for A Companion to Literature and Film, ed. Robert Stam (Basil Blackwell, 2004). He is on the editorial boards of Social Text and the Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance.
Areas of Research/Interest
Modernism; war culture and war literature; contemporary British literature and culture; the novel and film; cultural studies; Anglophone literature and postcolonial studies.
Editorial Board, Social Text; Editorial Board, Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance; Advisory Board, Program in Trauma and Violence Transdisciplinary Studies, NYU; Advisory Board, The Space Between Society; Modern Language Association; American Comparative Literature Association; Modernist Studies Association.
Golden Dozen Outstanding Teaching Award, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, New York University, 2005; University Research Challenge Fund Fellowship, NYU, 2003-2004; President's Fellow, Columbia University, 1996-1999; Mellon Research Travel Fellowship, Columbia University, 1997; Marjorie Hope Nicholson Fellow, Columbia University, 1988-1991; Higgs Scholar, Balliol College, Oxford, 1986-1988.
Culture in Camouflage: War, Empire and Modern British Literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).
Deep England: Forging the Nation After Empire (in progress)
"Culture," in Collective History: Thirty Years of Social Text, Social Text 100 (Fall 2009), vol. 27.3, 85-91. Ed. Brent Hayes Edwards and Anna McCarthy.
"Introduction: The Ends of War and the Limits of War Culture," The Ends of War: Special Issue, Social Text 91 (Summer 2007) vol. 25.2, 1-11
Guest Editor, The Ends of War: Special Issue, Social Text 91 (Summer 2007) vol. 25.2.
Co-Editor, with Gyan Prakash and Ella Shohat, Reflections on the Work of Edward Said: Special Issue, Social Text 87:, (Summer 2006) vol. 24.2.
"Defusing the English Patient", in the Blackwell Companion to Literature and Film. Ed. Robert Stram. New York: Basil Blackwell, 2004.
"The Dogs of War: Myths of British Anti-Americanism", in Anti-Americanism. Ed. Andrew Ross and Kristin Ross. New York: New York University Press, 2004.
"A Day That Will...: Urban Space After September 11, 2001", in The Cities of Everyday Life, Ed. Ravi Sundaram. Sarai: New Delhi, 2002.