Dr. David Anderson

Literary and cultural scholar, research fellow with the project Representations of History in British and German Popular Culture Since the 1980s


  • September 2019–. Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow, Department of Comparative Literature and Culture, Queen Mary University of London (affiliated with the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations).
  • 2019. Research Associate, UCL Urban Lab.
  • 2014–2018. Teaching Fellow, Department of English Language and Literature, UCL.
  • 2013–2017. Doctoral researcher, Department of English Language and Literature, UCL.
  • 2011–2012. MA Issues in Modern Culture, UCL.

Research Interests

  • Nostalgia and cultural memory
  • Cities in literature and film
  • Essay films



  • Landscape and Subjectivity in the Work of Patrick Keiller, W.G. Sebald and Iain Sinclair (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020).


  • ‘Home truths: “heritage”, “Heimat” and 1980s television in Britain and Germany’, Angermion: Yearbook for Anglo-German Literary Criticism, Intellectual History and Cultural Transfers, Vol. 14, Issue 1 (November 2021).
  • ‘The QE2 Bridge and the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) Hangover’, History Workshop Online, January 2020.
  • ‘‘Speculative Topography: the Fantastical Overdetermination of Space in Iain Sinclair’s Early Writing’, The Literary London Journal, Vol. 16, No. 1 (Autumn 2020).
  • ‘Patrick Keiller, Stonebridge Park, and “the Subjective Transformation of Space”’, Moveable Type, November 2016.

Chapters in books

  • ‘Travel’ in Uwe Schütte (ed.), WG Sebald in Context (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022) (forthcoming).
  • ‘Mountains, dreams and pop culture in Christian Kracht’s alternate history novel Ich werde hier sein im Sonnenschein und im Schatten’ in Richard McClelland and Andrea Capovilla (eds.) Alptraum(a) (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2022) (forthcoming).
  • ‘Exiles of NW3: the “Free German League of Culture” in Upper Park Road’, in Charlotte Grant and Alistair Robinson (eds.), Cultures of London (London: Bloomsbury, 2022) (forthcoming).
  • ‘A Melancholy Topography: Patrick Keiller’s Vision of London in the 1990s’, in Pam Hirsch and Chris O’Rourke (eds.), London on Film: The City in Social Change (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).