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Ben Carver teaches literature and theory at Aarhus University in Denmark. He writes about speculative fiction, and his recent book (Palgrave) on alternate history in nineteenth-century thought and writing has been described by Fredric Jameson as a “stimulating history of plural virtualities that demonstrates how poetic our prosaic 19th century was in fact, and how productively it confronted its own unrealized possibilities.” He is now working on a project on conspiracy culture and literary form.

Education

2013: Doctor of Philosophy in English (University of Exeter) Thesis title: Arranging the Past, Reconsidering the Present: The Emergence of Alternate History in the Nineteenth Century

2009: Master of Arts, English Studies (University of Exeter, Distinction with Dean’s commendation)

2004: Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Plymouth University)

1996: MA (Hons) English Literature and Language (University of St Andrews)

Other Publications

Monograph
Alternate Histories and Nineteenth-Century Literature: Untimely Meditations in Britain, France, and America (Palgrave 2017: Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture series, 300pp) [link]
Forthcoming & Submitted
 ‘“The Cash-Nexus”: Realism and Conspiracy in Balzac and Dickens’, forthcoming in Plots: Literary Form and Cultures of Conspiracy (Routledge, eds. Dana Crăciun, Todor Hristov, and Ben Carver), 2020
‘Narratives of Conspiracy in the British Nineteenth Century’, 6,000-word essay forthcoming in Routledge multi-volume Handbook on Conspiracy Theories, 2020
 
‘“Strangely Inorganic Patriotism”: Serializing Invasion Fiction at the Turn of the Century’, submitted to English Literature in Transition (ELT),  June 2019
In preparation
S/Z at 50, Realism at 200’, Barthes Studies, (invited contribution to special issue for the 50th anniversary of S/Z), for publication November 2020
 
Published essays, articles, & chapters
‘An Entangled Forest: Evolutionary Theory and Speculative Fiction’, Urbanomic online, May 2018
‘“All good earthly things are in Utopia also”: Familiarity and Irony in News from Nowhere and A Modern Utopia’. In Utopias and Dystopias in the Fiction of H. G. Wells and William Morris: Landscape and Space, ed. Emelyne Godfrey (Palgrave, 2016)
 
‘“A Gleaming and Glorious Star”: Rethinking History in the Plurality-of-Worlds Debate’, Journal of Victorian Culture 18.4 (December 2013) [open access link]
 



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Projects

I am a member of the “Comparative Analysis of Conspiracy Theories” network (COMPACT), an action funded by European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST). This is an intedisciplinary research group, and my work for this project includes co-editing a volume on literary form and conspiracy culture, among other dissemination and collaborative research activities.

https://conspiracytheories.eu/

Memberships

British Association for Victorian Studies

Higher Education Academy (Fellow)

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