Matthew Taunton

Matthew TauntonMatthew Taunton is Lecturer in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of Fictions of the City: Class, Culture and Mass Housing in London and Paris (Palgrave, 2009). He is currently working on a book about the cultural resonances of the Russian Revolution in Britain and co-editing (with Benjamin Kohlmann) a special issue of Literature and History about anticommunism, to be published in Spring 2015. He is co-convenor of the Anglo-Russian Research Network, which he established with Rebecca Beasley in 2011.

Matt’s current book project examines the widespread influence of the Bolshevik Revolution on British literature and culture through thematic and conceptual chapters on the idea of the future, sex, law, numbers, religion, and farming. In each of these domains, the book argues, existing debates and modes of representation were shaken up, politicised or depoliticised, and often fundamentally transformed by the advent of the world’s first avowedly socialist state. The book engages with writers including Orwell, Dorothy Richardson, Wells, Koestler, Muggeridge, Shaw, Spender and Rebecca West, as well as a host of less well-known intellectuals operating in a variety of spheres.


Relevant Publications

‘2 + 2 = 5: The Politics of Number in Writing about the Soviet Union’, accepted for publication in Textual Practice

Ed. with Benjamin Kohlmann, Anticommunism, special issue of Literature and History, forthcoming Spring 2015

‘Russia and the British Intellectuals: The Significance of the Stalin-Wells Talk’ in Rebecca Beasley and Philip Ross Bullock, Russia in Britain: From Melodrama to Modernism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 209-224

‘Cottage Economy or Collective Farm? English Socialism and Agriculture between Merrie England and the Five-Year Plan’ in Critical Quarterly 53:3 (October 2011), 1–23

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