Dr Andrew Rowcroft

Andrew Rowcroft

Lecturer (Teaching) in English Literature

School of Humanities

English Media and Culture

Contact Details

email: a.rowcroft@worc.ac.uk

Andrew has interests in contemporary Literature, criticism, and theory, with additional interests in the philosophy of literature and art, literary theory and literary criticism, and the political economy of culture. 

Teaching and Research

Teaching interests

Andrew teaches on Gothic and Romantic Literature; Literary Forms and Genres; Ways of Reading, Ways of Writing, and Exploding the Canon. He is the module coordinator for Gothic and Romantic Literature and the MA module Evolving Genres.

Research interests

Andrew has interests in contemporary Literature, criticism, and theory. He has published essays on Thomas Pynchon, Jonathan Lethem, John Williams, and China Miéville. His first book, 'Karl Marx', was published with the Routledge Critical Thinkers series in 2021. His second, 'Jameson, Form, and the Contemporary Novel', is forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press.

He is currently completing a third monograph on Kim Stanley Robinson, and writing a book chapter on Free Verse for the 'Routledge Introduction to Poetic Forms' (2022). Andrew is considering a fourth project, for Cambridge University Press, on textual logics and literary form.


  • PhD English Literature, University of Lincoln
  • MA Modern and Contemporary Literature, Newcastle University
  • BA English Literature, Newcastle University

Recent Publications

  • Rowcroft, Andrew (2021) Karl Marx. Routledge, London. ISBN 9780367406189
  • Rowcroft, Andrew (2017) What’s Left? Marxism, literature and culture in the 21st century: special collection [of Open Library of Humanities]. Open Library of Humanities.
  • Rowcroft, Andrew (2019) Crunch time: Bleeding Edge, Marxism, and Financial Capital. Textual Practice, 33 (3). pp. 345-360. ISSN 0950-236X
  • Rowcroft, Andrew (2019) The Limits of Post-marxism: The (dis)Function of Political Theory in Film and Cultural Studies: a Reply to Paul Bowman. Global Discourse, 9 (2). pp. 347-350. ISSN 2043-7897
  • Rowcroft, Andrew (2019) What’s Left? Marxism, Literature and Culture in the 21st Century Editorial. Open Library of Humanities . pp. 1-9. ISSN 2056-6700
  • Rowcroft, Andrew (2019) The Return of the Spectre: Gothic Marxism in The City & The City. Gothic Studies . ISSN 1362-7937
  • Rowcroft, Andrew (2018) Reading the new ruins: loss, mourning, and melancholy in dissident gardens. C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-Century Writings, 5 (3). ISSN 2045-5224
  • Rowcroft, Andrew (2018) Utopia and Utopianism in the Fiction of Kim Stanley Robinson. The Literary Encyclopedia, 3 (2). ISSN 1747-678X
  • Rowcroft, Andrew (2018) Towards a Politics of Failure: Stoner (1965) and Butcher’s Crossing (1960). [Inter]sections, 21 . pp. 1-25. ISSN 2068 – 3472
  • Sykes, Rachel, Keeble, Arin, Cordle, Daniel, Scott, Joanne, De Cristofaro, Diletta, King, Daniel, Rowcroft, Andrew and Srivastava, Neelam (2017) Contemporary Studies Network roundtable: responding to Robert Macfarlane’s ‘Generation Anthropocene’. Open Library of Humanities, 3 (1). p. 5. ISSN 2056-6700
  • Rowcroft, Andy (2014) What ever happened to post-Marxism? IIPPE in Brief, 11 . p. 10.

External Roles

Peer reviewer for Representations, C21, Textual Practice, OLH, Duke, and Mediations