This is the blog and homepage of James Hawthorne, a recent MRes Humanities and Cultural Studies graduate of the London Consortium. James was born in Bradford and grew up in the village of Harden, near Keighley. In 2011, James graduated with first class degree in English Literature from the University of Durham. James is currently interning at Our Democratic Heritage, a charity that aims to make the history of democracy part of the British cultural mainstream.
James’ primary research interests centre on the study of popular culture, history, and political economy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His undergraduate dissertation, ‘”A bloody long rigmarole of a story”: Narrative Desire in the Short Fiction of Alan Sillitoe’, performed a Marxian reading of the late Sillitoe’s Nottingham stories. His Masters thesis focused on the represetation of historical consciousness in the Boulting Brothers’ 1959 film I’m All Right Jack. Other interests include The Jetsons, Frederick Winslow Taylor and discourses of efficiency, and the form and politics of association football. He is the chair of the editorial committee for the London Consortium’s Static journal.
James has also written a satirical blog called Apps Made Easy: an affectionate reminder that even when written discourse is more present than at any time in history, most of us just aren’t very good at it.
Aside from these rotten pursuits, James is a passionate fan of Manchester City FC, a vegetarian, and an enthusiast of RuPaul’s Drag Race. He lives in Brockley, South London, because the Ka Karibbean Kola there is like Guinness in Dublin.