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DEMATAGODA, Udith

Name

DEMATAGODA, Udith

Degree

Ph.D., English Literature

Status

Assistant Professor

HP(URL)

https://udithdematagoda.com/

Research Topic

The Ideological Aesthetic: New Perceptions

My scholarly pursuits are characterised by an insistence that literary study is more relevant than ever to an understanding of the contemporary world. Much of my work, though grounded in my areas of expertise in 20th century modernism and the avant-garde, attempts to engage with the issues faced by contemporary society.

My current research project will elaborate on my theory of the Ideological Aesthetic. This theory will engage with the various ways in which ideology is becoming indistinguishable from its aesthetic effects within our present day hyper-connected technological paradigm. Whilst there is an increasing array of research into this topic in the fields of psychology, political science, sociology and anthropology – this project aims to ameliorate the palpable lack of related discourse in critical theory and literary studies. The project aims prove that the cultural analysis of societies increasingly characterized by technological abstraction and a pervasive and depersonalizing unreality – requires an engaged and reinvigorated form of materialist critique. The central objective of this project is to outline a robust and resilient theory of the Ideological Aesthetic, and in the process, create new methodologies for critical and cultural studies.

Education and Academic Employment

Assistant Professor, Waseda Institute for Advanced Studies (2020–)
Member of the Executive Committee, Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz (2018–2020)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz (2017–2020)
Visiting Scholar, Department of English, Johns Hopkins University (2019)
Visiting Scholar, Department of English, Cornell University (2018)
Maître de langue, Université de Nice (2013-2014)
Lecteur d’anglais, Université de Nice (2012-2013)
[Education]
PhD, English Literature, The University of Glasgow (2016)
PGdip, Russian Language, The University of Glasgow (2010)
MA, English and Creative Writing, University of Manchester (2009)
MA (hons), Comparative Literature and Slavic Studies, The University of Glasgow (2008)

Fields of Research Interests

Modernist literature in English, C20th European Literature, Vladimir Nabokov, ideology and aesthetics, fascism and masculinities, technology and contemporary culture, global modernist literature, critical theory

Academic Publications

[Monographs and Edited Collections]

  • Wyndham Lewis, Collected Works of Wyndham Lewis: Left Wings Over Europe, Udith Dematagoda, ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021) (under contract)
  • Vladimir Nabokov and the Ideological Aesthetic (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2017)
  • Manuscript: Machine Men, Machine Minds, Machine Hearts: Technology, Masculinity and Fascist Modernities (currently under review)

[Articles]

  • ‘Machinic Desire: Wyndham Lewis, Masculinity and the Sublime Horror of Technological War’, Modernist Cultures, Volume 15, Issue 4, Winter, 2020
  • ‘National Allegory as Negative Dialectic in Wyndham Lewis’s Tarr’, The Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies, Volume 9, 2018
  • ‘Revenge of the Nerds: Recidivist Masculinity, Identity Politics and the online ‘Culture Wars’’, Journal of Extreme Anthropology, Vol.1, no. 3, December 2017, University of Oslo Press
Other Interests

– Musician and filmmaker
– Editor and publisher of independent literary press

Affiliated Academic Organizations

– British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS)
– The Modern Languages Association (MLA)
– Société Française Vladimir Nabokov
– European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies

Awards

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