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Dr Seb Franklin

Sebastian FranklinSenior Lecturer in Contemporary Literature

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 7828


Address Department of English
King's College London
Room 6.31, Virginia Woolf Building
London WC2B 6LE

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Research interests and PhD supervision


Seb Franklin’s fields of research and teaching include: contemporary literature and visual media; media theory and history; history of science (especially histories of digital technology and cybernetics); critical theory; economic theory and practice. He is the author of Control: Digitality as Cultural Logic (MIT Press, 2015) and the co-convenor (with Jane Elliott) of the MA in Contemporary Literature, Culture and Theory.


Selected Recent Publications

  •  Control: Digitality as Cultural Logic (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2015)
  •  ‘Cleverness and Drive, or the Cybernetic Fantasy of Value: R.S. Hunt’s “Two Kinds of Work,”’ Grey Room 68 (forthcoming 2017)
  • ‘Repetition; Reticulum; Remainder,’ Novel: A Forum on Fiction 50:2 (forthcoming 2017)
  • ‘Notes on Digital Community and Revolution,’ Camera Obscura 31:3 (2016)
  • ‘The Contexts of Forms,’ World Picture 11 (2016),

PhD supervision

Seb welcomes PhD proposals on: literature, film, and computational media; digital culture (especially relationships between digitality and the socioeconomic formations of the late 20th and early 21st centuries); media archaeology; games and play.


Seb currently teaches on the following modules:


 4AAEA001 - Introducing Literary Theories (level 4)

5AAEB076 – Special Topic/Theory, Culture and Politics after the 1960s

6AAEC081 – Literature, Media and Theory (Level 6)



 7AAEM706– Post-1945: Literature, Culture, Theory

7AAEM727 – Literature, Play and Games





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