Luke Thurston

Dr, BA (Oxon) MA PhD (Kent)

  • Aberystwyth University
    Hugh Owen Building

    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


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Luke's main research interests are in modernist literature, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, the ghost story, literature and war, Welsh and Irish writing in English. He has published on Dickens, M. R. James, Joyce, Henry James, May Sinclair, Wyndham Lewis, David Jones, Beckett, Pessoa, Elizabeth Bowen, Margaret Oliphant, Freud, Lacan and Laplanche. He is a member of the Editorial Committee for a new edition of the works of May Sinclair, currently in production with Edinburgh University Press. Luke is the translator of several works by Jean Laplanche, including most recently The Unfinished Copernican Revolution (2020) and is Director of the David Jones Centre  

In 2010 Luke took part in a film about Joyce, psychoanalysis and Trieste, made by an Italian television company. See


Luke teaches Victorian, modern and contemporary literature, specializing in the period 1880-1940; and also literary theory, specializing in psychoanalysis and literary ghosts. He welcomes PhD proposals in the following areas: Modernism (especially Joyce, Beckett, Woolf, David Jones, May Sinclair); literature and ghosts; literature and war; literature and psychoanalysis.


Luke is Senior Lecturer in Modern Literature, whose teaching covers mainly Victorian and modernist literature, as well as literary theory. He is an internationally-recognized scholar who has been writing on psychoanalysis and literature for more than two decades, and whose more recent work on the ghost story has contributed to significant new developments in literary studies. Luke worked as a postgraduate student in Paris, and has translated several important books by French psychoanalysts, including André Green and Jean Laplanche.         

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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