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About Dr Dan O'Hara

Dr Dan O’Hara is a Senior Lecturer in English. He holds a BA and MA from Warwick University and an MSt and DPhil from Oxford University. His DPhil was a history of the idea of the machine in literature, art, and philosophy since the Enlightenment. He has written on British and American novelists, on Critical Theory, and on the philosophy of technology.


DPhil, Oxford University (2007)

MSt in English, Oxford University (1998)

MA in English, Warwick University (1995)

BA in English & American Literature, Warwick University (1994)


Dr Dan O'Hara's Research

Dr O’Hara’s research interests include philosophical materialism in art and literature; mechanism & vitalism since the Enlightenment; dystopia, utopia, and narratives of apocalypse; philosophy and history of technology; and HCI (Human-Computer Interaction).

His most recent book is Extreme Metaphors: Selected Interviews with J. G. Ballard, 1967–2008, co-edited with Simon Sellars (London & New York: HarperCollins, September 2014).

Selected publications

Extreme Metaphors: Selected Interviews with J. G. Ballard, 1967–2008, co-edited with Simon Sellars (London & New York: HarperCollins, September 2014).

A Concordance to Deleuze & Guattari (online resource, 2009-2017, ongoing)

Thomas Pynchon: Schizophrenia & Social Control, co-edited with Eric Cassidy. Special edition of Pynchon Notes 34-35 (1994)

‘Prosthetic Envy’, co-author with Tom Ward and Luke Robert Mason, Engineering the Future, eds. Irini Papadimitriou, Andrew Prescott and Jon Rogers (London: Victoria and Albert Museum/AHRC Digital Transformations, 2016)

‘Fifty shades of CHI: the perverse and humiliating human-computer relationship’, co-author with Laura Buttrick, Conor Linehan, and Ben Kirman, Proceedings of ACM SIGCHI conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2014) extended abstracts, 825-834.

‘CHI and the Future Robot Enslavement of Humankind; A Retrospective’, co-author with Ben Kirman, Conor Linehan, and Shaun Lawson, CHI ’13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (ACM, 2013), 2199-208

‘Reading Posture and Gesture in Ballard’s Fictions’, in From Shanghai to Shepperton: Critical Essays on J. G. Ballard, eds. Jeannette Baxter and Rowland Wymer (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012)

‘Skeuomorphology and Quotation’, in Morphomata 2 (2012), 283-94

‘The Metronome of Consciousness’, Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui 22 (2010), 435-448.

‘Deleuze and the Art of Psychosis’, in Deleuzian Events: Writing|History, eds. Hanjo Berressem and Leyla Haferkamp (Hamburg: Lit Verlag, 2009)

‘What Goes ‘Ping’ in Beckett’s Ping?’, Notes and Queries 54.2 (2007), 184-6

‘On The Phrase “Ass Backwards”‘, Pynchon Notes 50-51 (2002), 158-165

‘Capitalism and Culture: Bourdieu’s Field Theory’, Amerikastudien/American Studies 45.1, (2000), 43-53

‘On The Line Of Flight: Pynchon’s Entropy Machine’, Pynchon Notes 34-35 (1994), 56-69

Dr Dan O'Hara's Publications

Dr O’Hara’s teaching focuses upon American Literature from the sixteenth century to the present, British Literature from 1789 to present, and critical theory. He lectures on North American Literature, Literature 1900-Present, co-teaches the first year course on Criticism, and contributes within his specialist areas to the courses on Comparative Literature and Literary Kinds. He previously taught at Cologne and Oxford.