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Associate Professor in English and American Literature, Nottingham Trent University

Daniel Cordle is Associate Professor in English and American Literature at Nottingham Trent University. He is an expert in nuclear literature and culture. He also works on the Anthropocene, and on the relations between literature and science.

His most recent book, Late Cold War Literature and Culture: The Nuclear 1980s (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), has been described as 'an important and valuable work' that is 'deeply researched and effectively argued' and 'makes an important contribution to the study of nuclear war in fiction' (Science Fiction Studies). Orbit: A Journal of American Literature picked out its 'considerable insight into the reciprocal relationship between activism and artistic production,' and noted that it is characterised by 'richness ... of discussion of the social/political/historical context of the 1980s.' His previous book, States of Suspense: The Nuclear Age, Postmodernism and United States Fiction and Prose (Manchester UP, 2008), was described as 'insightful and compelling' (Technology and Culture), a 'brilliant analysis of North American literature during the Cold War' (BSLS) and as opening up 'rich, important pathways for future nuclear criticism’ (Modern Fiction Studies).

He is also the author of Postmodern Postures: Literature, Science and the Two Cultures Debate (Ashgate, 1999) and numerous articles. He is currently working on a book about literary depictions of Los Alamos and the Manhattan Project to build the atomic bomb.


  • –present
    Reader in English and American Literature, Nottingham Trent University