Paul Crosthwaite

Senior Lecturer


Paul Crosthwaite studied at Newcastle University (BA, MLitt, PhD). He was a Lecturer in English Literature and member of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University for four years before joining Edinburgh in 2011. His publications include The Market Logics of Contemporary Fiction (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and Trauma, Postmodernism, and the Aftermath of World War II (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009); articles in Angelaki, Cultural Critique, Cultural Politics, The Journal of Cultural Economy, New Formations, Public Culture, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Textual Practice, and The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory;  and, as editor, Criticism, Crisis, and Contemporary Narrative: Textual Horizons in an Age of Global Risk (Routledge, 2011) and Show Me the Money: The Image of Finance, 1700 to the Present (Manchester University Press, 2014).

Project activity

Paul was a Co-Investigator, with Professor Peter Knight (Manchester) and Professor Nicky Marsh (Southampton), on an AHRC-funded curation project that resulted in an exhibition entitled 'Show Me the Money: The Image of Finance, 1700 to the Present'. Drawing on the investigators' research, the exhibition charted the changing ways in which artists and illustrators have depicted the abstract and mystifying domain of 'the markets', from the South Sea Bubble of the early eighteenth century to the credit crunch of the present. 'Show Me the Money' opened at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in Sunderland in June 2014 and subsequently toured to the Chawton House Library in Hampshire, the John Hansard Gallery in Southampton, and the People’s History Museum in Manchester.

Paul has also been a Co-Investigator, with Knight, Marsh, Dr Helen Paul (Southampton), and Dr James Taylor (Lancaster), on an AHRC-funded project on the History of Financial Advice. The project traces the stock market investment advice genre from its origins in the print culture of eighteenth-century London to its explosion across multiple platforms and media in the present. A collaboration between economic historians and scholars in literary and cultural studies, the History of Financial Advice is an example of the emerging interdisciplinary field of the Economic Humanities. The project demonstrates how bringing humanities perspectives to bear on financial history and financial literature helps us to understand the elements of fantasy, imagination, and desire that shape popular participation in financial markets.

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