Roger Luckhurst is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London. His most recent books are The Mummy’s Curse: A New Cultural History and Zombies: A Cultural History. He is working on a book of essays entitled SFnal: Science Fiction in the Expanded Field; and (with Justin Sausman) Marginal Sciences, an anthology of Victorian supernatural materials.
"This is not to deny that the 1950s B-movie boom has proved a productive site for innumerable depth readings, in the sense that they are obviously 'about' the Cold War, or nuclear anxiety, or imperialism, or depersonalization, or post-war gender realignments, often in overdtermined ways. What such readings tend to ignore, however, are the very surfaces of the texts which are largely dismissed in order to focus on their latency."
– Roger Luckhurst, The Angle Between Two Walls
ARTICLES FEATURING ROGER
How has the zombie been transformed from a Haitian folk legend to the defining monster of the globalized world?...
To Understand the World Is To Be Destroyed By It: On H.P. Lovecraft
WHY LOVECRAFT? Why has Howard Phillips Lovecraft, the elitist, eccentric, racist New England writer of that specialized brand of fear literature ...
How to Unwrap a Mummy: On Roger Luckhurst’s “The Mummy’s Curse”
IN THE EARLY part of the 19th century, Egypt occupied a liminal place in the British imagination. It represented the height ...