Prof. Ivan Callus

Prof. Ivan Callus

Prof. Ivan Callus



Room 350
Old Humanities Building (OH)
University of Malta
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My main areas of interest are contemporary literature and literary theory. My PhD was obtained at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University in 1998, following research into the cahiers d'anagrammes of Ferdinand de Saussure and their influence on literature and literary theory. Aspects of this research have since appeared in a number of journal articles, and the fascinatingly enigmatic nature of the anagrammes is something I have continued to investigate in more recent work.

I am the founding co-editor, with James Corby, of CounterText: A Journal for the Study of the Post-Literary, launched with Edinburgh University Press in 2015. The journal's focus is on literature's evolving identities and its directions in contemporary culture. It's a focus that complements another strong interest: posthumanism. With Stefan Herbrechter, I am the co-editor of the Critical Posthumanisms book series published by Brill. I am also co-director of the Critical Posthumanism Network (

I have co-edited six books centring on intersections between literature and various areas of literary theory: Discipline and Practice: The (Ir)resistibility of Theory (Bucknell University Press, 2004); Post-Theory/Culture/Criticism (Rodopi, 2004); Cy-Borges: Memories of Posthumanism in the Work of Jorge Luis Borges (Bucknell University Press, 2009); Posthumanist Shakespeares (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012); Style in Theory: Between Literature and Philosophy (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013); European Posthumanism (Routledge, 2016). I have published various articles and book chapters on contemporary narrative, poststructuralist literary theory and comparative literature, including work which has appeared or is forthcoming in journals like Angelaki, Arcadia, Cahiers Ferdinand de Saussure, Comparative Critical Studies, CounterText, EJES, Electronic Book Review, Forum for Modern Language Studies, Parallax, Subjectivity, and Word and Text.

Critical Posthumanism, co-authored with Stefan Herbrechter, is published with Brill in 2016. I am currently working on a manuscript on poetry and code. My other current research takes in topics related to deconstruction, (plat)forms of contemporary narrative and the futures of literature.
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Literary Criticism and Theory
  • Posthumanism
  • Futures of Literature
  • Comparative Literature

Callus, I. & Herbrechter, S. 2016 (forthcoming), Critical Posthumanism, Brill, Amsterdam; New York.

Herbrechter, S., Callus, I. & Rossini, M. (eds) 2016 (forthcoming), European Posthumanism, Routledge, London; New York.

Callus, I. 2015, "Literature in Our Time, or, Loving Literature to Bits", CounterText: A Journal for the Study of the Post-Literary, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 232-269.

Callus, I. 2015, "'The Non-Relation of Non-Relation: The Scale and Object of Deconstruction and Art Now'", Parallax, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 98-121.

Callus, I., Corby, J. & Lauri-Lucente, G. (eds) 2013, Style in Theory: Between Literarature and Philosophy, Bloomsbury, London; New York.

Herbrechter, S. & Callus, I. (eds) 2012, Posthumanist Shakespeares, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke; New York.

Herbrechter, S. & Callus, I. 2009, Cy-Borges: Memories of the Posthuman in the Work of Jorge Luis Borges, Associated University Presses.

Callus, I. 2005, "(Auto) Thanatography or (Auto) Thanatology?: Mark C. Taylor, Simon Critchley and the Writing of the Dead", vol. 41, no. 4, pp. 427-438.

Callus, I. & Herbrechter, S. (eds) 2004, Post-Theory/Culture/Criticism, Rodopi, Amsterdam; New York.

Herbrechter, S. & Callus, I. (eds) 2004, Discipline and Practice: The (ir) resistibility of Theory, Bucknell University Press.

  • ATS5501 - Thinking 'the Mediterranean'
  • DOC1025 - Getting Published: Preparing the Book Proposal
  • ENG2022 - Theories of Literature 2: Literature Criticism Theory - Then and Now
  • ENG2066 - Current Debates in Literary Theory
  • ENG2122 - Theories of Literature 2: Literature Criticism Theory - Then and Now (Part 1)
  • ENG2222 - Theories of Literature 2: Literature Criticism Theory - Then and Now (Part 2)
  • ENG3051 - Synoptic Study-Unit 1: Ideas and Concepts
  • ENG3052 - Synoptic Study-Unit 2: Readings, Interpretations, Applications
  • ENG3072 - Contemporary Fiction
  • ENG3172 - Contemporary American Narrative
  • ENG3272 - Contemporary British Narrative
  • ENG5025 - Hamlets: Shakespeare, Modernity and the Present
  • ENG5039 - Electronic Literature
  • ENG5052 - Writing the Mediterranean
  • ENG5055 - Critical Posthumanisms
  • ENG5069 - Criticism Today: In Theory & Practice - An Advanced Introduction
  • ENG5077 - Literary Criticism and Theory: An Advanced Introduction