About

About the Editor

Nathan Ashman

I am an associate tutor at the University of Surrey and a general crime fiction and film fanatic! I completed my PhD at the University of Surrey in 2016, which examined the significance of voyeurism in the work of crime novelist James Ellroy. I specialise in Crime Fiction, American Literature and Contemporary Cultural Studies, and have published on writers such as James Ellroy, E.C. Bentley and Ross Macdonald. My first book – tentatively titled James Ellroy: Voyeurism, Viewing and Visual Culture – is currently under contract with Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield).

This blog is a forum to share my love of all things crime with both scholars and general readers alike. As such, my posts will straddle both general and academic content, providing a combination of reviews and opinions pieces, as well as links to scholarly articles, conferences and events. I am also keen to hear from you! So be sure to visit the contact page if you have any comments or questions!

More information about my past work can be found below:

Education and Qualifications

School of English and Languages, The University of Surrey

PhD in English Literature: September 2013 – September 2016 (awarded January 2017). Thesis: “James Ellroy: Voyeurism, Viewing and Visual Culture” –  Supervised by Prof Bran Nicol and Dr Stephen Mooney; funded by a full student scholarship awarded by the University of Surrey (2013-2016)

School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies, The University of Portsmouth

MA in Literature, Culture and Identity: September 2011 – September 2012. Awarded with Distinction.

BA in English Literature: September 2008 – June 2011. Awarded with First Class Honours.

Publications

Books

Ashman, Nathan. James Ellroy: Voyeurism, Viewing and Visual Culture. Under contract with Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield).

Book Chapters

Ashman, Nathan. “Lew Archer.” Sleuths, Private Eyes, and Policemen: An International Compendium of the 100 Greatest Literary Detectives. Eric Sandberg. Rowman & Littlefield (forthcoming 2017).

Ashman, Nathan. “Phillp Trent.” Sleuths, Private Eyes, and Policemen: An International Compendium of the 100 Greatest Literary Detectives. Ed. Eric Sandberg. Rowman & Littlefield (forthcoming 2017).

Ashman, Nathan. “Geography is Destiny: Cinematising the City in James Ellroy’s LA. Quartet”. The Big Somewhere: Essays on James Ellroy’s Noir World. Ed. Stephen Powell. Bloomsbury (forthcoming 2018).

Peer Reviewed Articles

Ashman, Nathan. “The Impotence of Human Reason: E.C. Bentley’s Trent’s Last Case and the Anti-Detective Text”. Clues 35(2). (forthcoming Fall 2017).

Ashman, Nathan. “’Yellow Peril’: Contradictions of Race in James Ellroy’s Perfidia. Studies in Crime Writing 1(1). (Fortcoming 2017)

Ashman, Nathan. “Hard-Boiled Ecologies: Ross Macdonald’s Environmental Crime Fiction”. Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism 22(2). (forthcoming 2018).

Work in Development

“Fictions of Intervention: Scientific Realism and the Failings of the Humanities in Ian McEwan’s Solar” (Submitted to Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment)

“Wolverines, Wereweolves and Demon Dogs”: Animalism, Criminality and Classification in James Ellroy’s LA Quartet’ (Submitted for inclusion in proposed project Animals in Detective Fiction)

Voyeurism in Contemporary American Narrative. (In development)

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