Peter Boxall (academic)

Peter Boxall is a British academic and writer. He is Professor of English in the Department of English at the University of Sussex.[1] He works on contemporary literature, literary theory and literary modernism. Boxall is notable as the editor of the well-established journal of literary theory, Textual Practice, for his editorship of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die and The Oxford History of the Novel, Volume 7: British and Irish Fiction Since 1940, and for his work on contemporary fiction, most notably Twenty-First-Century Fiction (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and The Value of the Novel (Cambridge University Press, 2015).[2][3][4][5][6]


Peter Boxall
EducationUniversity of Sussex
OccupationProfessor of English
EmployerUniversity of Sussex
Known forEditor of Textual Practice
Notable work
1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

The Oxford History of the Novel, Volume 7: British and Irish Fiction Since 1940

Twenty-First-Century Fiction

The Value of the Novel

Published worksEdit


2015: Science, technology and the posthuman. The Cambridge Companion to British Fiction Since 1945.

2012: Late: Fictional Time in the Twenty-First Century. Contemporary Literature, pp. 681–712.

2011: The threshold of vision: the animal gaze in Becket, Sebald, and Coetzee. Journal of Beckett Studies, 20 (2). pp. 120–148

2008: "There's no lack of void": waste and abundance in Beckett and DeLillo. SubStance, 37(2). pp. 56–70.

2007: Boxall, Peter, Hadfield, Andrew, Smith, Lindsay and Surprenant, Celene. Preface. Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory.


2015: Boxall, Peter The value of the novel. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9781107637245

2013: Boxall, Peter Twenty-first century fiction: a critical introduction. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9781107006911

2009: Boxall, Peter Since Beckett: contemporary writing in the wake of modernism. Continuum Literary Studies . Continuum. ISBN 9780826491671


2010: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, Revised and Updated Edition. ISBN 9780789320391

2006: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.ISBN 9781844034178


  1. ^ "Prof Peter Boxall". University of Sussex. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
  2. ^ "Editorial Board". Textual Practice. Taylor & Francis. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
  3. ^ Boxall, Peter, ed. (2006). 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. New York, NY: Universe Publishing (Rizzoli International). pp. 960. ISBN 978-0789313706. OCLC 64385200.
  4. ^ Boxall, Peter; Cheyette, Bryan, eds. (2016). The Oxford History of the Novel in English, Volume 7: British and Irish Fiction since 1940. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198749394.
  5. ^ Boxall, Peter (2013). Twenty-First-Century Fiction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521187299.
  6. ^ Boxall, Peter (2015). The Value of the Novel. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781107637245.