Simon Lee

B.A. Pitzer College
M.A. University of California, Riverside


David Lloyd (Chair), Kimberley Devlin, Pat Morton.

Research Areas:

20th–century British Literature, Modernism, Aesthetics, Urbanism and Spatiality, Architecture, Esotericism and Subculture.

Research Interests:

Simon writes about negotiations of space and identity within British working class literature of the 1950s and the 1960s, looking specifically at cultural responses to the rise of the modern welfare state. In addition, he also researches esoteric practice, locating its role within various artistic developments throughout the 20th century.

Recent Activity:

Recent Presentations –

“Underground Overground: The Paradox of the Sigil in Contemporary Usage.” PAMLA, Riverside, CA; Forthcoming: October 31, 2014.

“Inadvertent Rituals: Occult Communiqué in Crash Worship and TOPY.” Association for the Study of Esotericism, Hamilton, NY; June 21, 2014.

“Foundational Structures: Narrative Containment in William Gaddis’ Carpenter’s Gothic.” PAMLA, San Diego, CA; November 1, 2013.

“Tracking the Sovereign: Biopolitical Representation in Peter Watkins’ Punishment Park and Gareth Edwards’ Monsters.” Eaton Science Fiction Conference, Riverside, CA; April 11, 2013.

“Ov Narratological Becomings: Genesis P-Orridge and the Pandrogyne Project.” Minding the Body: Duality and its Discontents, CUNY English Student Association Conference, March 1, 2013.

“Ambulatory Ambivalence: Cultivating Subjectivity in James Joyce’s ’Wandering Rocks’.” SAMLA, Durham, NC; November 10, 2012.

“Framing Limitation: Cold War Ideologies in Elizabeth Bishop’s Painting and Prose.” PAMLA, Seattle, WA; October 19, 2012.