I write, teach, and edit texts.

My work takes place at the crossroads of modern literature, material cultures, and media studies.

I have written and spoken most often on the imaginative life of letters — those fantasies that play out across inscribed surfaces.

My first book, Signature, a narrative journey through the history of autography, came out with Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons series in 2020.

I am currently University Lecturer in English Literature at Tampere University, Finland, in the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences.

Before, I held a Research Fellowship at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge.

I am the Managing Editor at The Public Domain Review.

My essays & reviews are in History TodayLos Angeles Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, The Economist, The Brooklyn Rail, 3:AM, Hyperallergic, and Aesthetica Magazine. 

An ongoing academic project involves vessels, both real and representational, and how descriptions of containers and containment in literature facilitates philosophical thinking.

My scholarship has appeared in Comparative Literature, Modernism/modernity, Journal of Modern LiteratureEssays in Criticism, James Joyce Quarterly, Irish Studies Review, Humanities, Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd’hui, Deleuze Studies, and the Journal of Religion and Film. 

I am dreaming up a book about the cultural history of furniture in motion (rocking chairs, porch swings, swivel seats, recliners), with the working title of Sedentary Excursions.

I was educated at Pomona College (BA), King’s College, Cambridge (MPhil), and Peterhouse, Cambridge (PhD).

If you want to work with me, please reach out! I am eager for new projects and collaborations. (hunterdukes @ gmail)