Beck, John. Landscape as Weapon: Cultures of Exhaustion and Refusal. London: Reaktion, 2020.

Beck, John and Ryan Bishop. Technocrats of the Imagination: Art, Technology, and the Military-Industrial Avant-Garde. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2020.

Beck, John and Ryan Bishop, eds. Cold War Legacies: Systems, Theory, Aesthetics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016.

Beck, John. Dirty Wars: Landscape, Power, and Waste in Western American Literature. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009.

Holloway, David and John Beck, eds. American Visual Cultures. London and New York: Continuum, 2005. [Google Books].

Beck, John. Writing the Radical Center: William Carlos Williams, John Dewey, and American Cultural Politics. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001. [Google Books]

Book Sections

Beck, John. 'Utah and the Times: Governing Temporality in Deseret,' pp. 39-54 in Nikolaj Lübecker and Daniele Rugo, eds., James Benning's Environments: Politics, Ecology, Duration. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017.

Beck, John and Ryan Bishop. 'The Long Cold War,' pp. 1-32 in John Beck and Ryan Bishop, eds. Cold War Legacies: Systems, Theory, Aesthetics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016.

White, Neal and John Beck. 'Overt Research,' pp. 252-272 in John Beck and Ryan Bishop, eds. Cold War Legacies: Systems, Theory, Aesthetics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016.

Beck, John. 'The Future: RAND, Brand and Dangerous to Know,' pp. 35-49 in John Beck and Ryan Bishop, eds. Cold War Legacies: Systems, Theory, Aesthetics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016.

Beck, John. 'A Military Definition of Reality: Researching Literature and Militarization,' pp. 84-94 in Alison J. Williams, Rachel Woodward, K. Neil Jenkins, Matthew F. Rech, eds. The Routledge Companion to Military Research Methods. London: Routledge, 2016.

Beck, John. 'Beyond the Darkness of the Just Lived Moment,' pp. 156-169 in Bashir Makhoul, ed. Palestinian Video Art: Constellation of the Moving Image. Jerusalem: Al Hoash, 2013. [pre-publication version pdf].

Beck, John. 'Between the Castle and the Village,' pp. 150-165 in Ryan Bishop and Gordon Hon, eds. Bashir Makhoul, Aissa Deebi: Otherwise Occupied. Jerusalem: Al Hoash, 2013. [pdf]

Beck, John. 'Strangers to the Stars: Abstraction, Aeriality, Aspect Perception,' pp. 46-68 in John Armitage and Ryan Bishop, eds. Virilio and Visual Culture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013.

Beck, John. 'The Place of Catastrophe: Mike Davis, Clarence King, and the Politics of Contingency,' pp. 84-110 in Nick Heffernan and David Wragg, eds. Culture, Environment, and Eco-Politics. Newcastle Upon Tyne: CSP, 2011. [pre-publication version pdf].

Beck, John. ‘Et in Arizona Ego: Baudrillard on the Planet of the Apes,' pp. 100-115 in Ryan Bishop, ed. Baudrillard Now: Current Perspectives in Baudrillard Studies. Cambridge: Polity, 2009.

Beck, John. ‘Zapruder, Warhol, and the Accident of Images,' pp. 183-189 in David Holloway and John Beck, eds., American Visual Cultures. London and New York: Continuum, 2005. [Google Books].

Beck, John. ‘Reading Room: Erosion and Sedimentation in Sebald's Suffolk,’ pp. 75-88 in J.J. Long and Anne Whitehead, eds. W.G. Sebald: A Critical Companion. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2004.

Beck, John. ‘“A Certain but Fugitive Testimony”: Witnessing the Light of Time in Cormac McCarthy's Southwestern Fiction,’ pp. 209-216 in Rick Wallach, ed. Myth, Legend, Dust: Critical Responses to Cormac McCarthy. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000. [Google Books].

Beck, John. ‘Buckminster Fuller and The Politics of Shelter,’ pp. 116-125 in Jonathan Hughes and Simon Sadler, eds. Non-Plan: Essays on Freedom, Participation and Change in Modern Architecture and Urbanism. Oxford: Architectural Press, 1999. [Google Books].


Beck, John and Bishop, Ryan. 'The Return of the Art and Technology Lab.' Cultural Politics 14.2 (2018: 225-243.

Beck, John and Mark Dorrian. 'The Future Leaks Out: On Time Capsules, Cut-Ups and the Anticipation of Catastrophe.' Theory, Culture & Society (2016). Still in preparation.

Beck, John and David Cunningham. 'Introduction: Photography and Abstraction.' Photographies 9.2 (2016): 129-133.

Beck, John. 'High Formalism: The Aerial View and the Colour Field.' Photographies 9.2 (2016): 187-200.

Beck, John. 'The Call of the Anthropocene.' Cultural Politics 10.3 (2014): 404-414.

Beck, John and Mark Dorrian. 'Postcatastrophic Utopias.' Cultural Politics 10.2 (2014): 132-150.

Beck, John. 'The Purloined Landscape: Photography and Power in the American West.' Tate Papers 21 (2014). [Link].

Beck, John. 'In and Out of the Box: Bashir Makhoul's Forbidden City.' Theory, Culture & Society 29.7/8 (2012); 341-357.

Beck, John and Matthew Cornford. 'The Art School in Ruins.’ Journal of Visual Culture 11.1 (2012): 58-83.

Beck, John. 'Signs of the Sky, Signs of the Times: Photography as Double Agent.' Theory, Culture & Society 28.7-8 (2011): 123-139. [pdf via Sage].

Beck, John. 'Concrete Ambivalence: Inside the Bunker Complex.' Cultural Politics 7.1 (2011): 79-102.

Beck, John. and Matthew Cornford. ‘Home Counties Surrealism.’ Eye: The International Review of Graphic Design 68 (Summer 2008): 52-3. [link].

Beck, John. ‘Resistance Becomes Ballistic: Vanishing Point and the End of the Road.’ Cultural Politics 3.1 (2007): 35 -50.

Beck, John and Paul Crosthwaite. ‘Velocities of Power: An Introduction.’ Cultural Politics 3.1 (2007): 23-34.

Beck, John. ‘Without Form and Void: The American Desert as Trope and Terrain.’ Nepantla: Views From South 4.2 (2001): 55-75.

Beck, John. ‘“It wasnt the future that brought me back here.” Borderline Nostalgia and Global Impact,’ Rio Bravo: A Journal of Borderlands. New Series 1.2 (2000): 43-52.

Beck, John. ‘Blown Away: Wars Visible and Invisible in Richard Misrach’s Desert Cantos.’ European Journal of American Culture 19.3 (2000): 156-166.

Beck, John. ‘An Over-illuminated World: Reyner Banham and Art History in the Wilderness.’ Everything 3 (2000): 26-33. [pdf].

Beck, John. '"A Certain but Fugitive Testimony": Witnessing the Light of Time in Cormac McCarthy's Southwestern Fiction.’ Southwestern American Literature 25 (1999): 124-132. [pdf]

Beck, John. ‘Prolapsed Metropolis: The Entropic New Jersey of William Carlos Williams and Robert Smithson.’ Borderlines: Studies in American Culture 5.3 (1998): 240-252. [pdf].


Beck, John. Rev. of McKenzie Wark, Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropocene (2015). Radical Philosophy 193 (Sept-Oct 2015): 43-45.

Beck, John. Rev. of Forensic Architecture, ed., Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth (2014). Radical Philosophy 190 (March-April 2015).

Beck, John. Rev. of Simon Orton and Ken Worpole, The New English Landscape (2013). V&A Magazine 33 (Spring 2014): 75.

Beck, John and Matthew Cornford. The Art School and the Culture Shed. Kingston: Centre for Useless Spendour, 2014. [Buy from here].

Beck, John. ‘Bunker Archaeology’; ‘Bunker Church’; ‘Desert Screen’; ‘Futurism’. In John Armitage, ed. The Virilio Dictionary. Edinburgh: EUP, 2013.

Beck, John. Rev. of Sinéad Monihan, Passing into the Present: Contemporary American Fiction of Racial and Gender Passing (2010). Journal of American Studies 46.4 (2012): 1126-1127.

Beck, John. Rev. of Marta Caminero-Santangelo, On Latinidad: U.S. Latino Literature and the Construction of Ethnicity (2007). Bulletin of Latin American Research 30.2 (2011): 244-246.

Beck, John. Rev. of Daniel Cordle, States of Suspense: The Nuclear Age, Postmodernism and United States Fiction and Prose(2009). Review of English Studies 61.252 (2010): 838-840.

Beck, John. Rev. of Patrick Deer, Culture in Camouflage: War, Empire, and Modern British Literature (2009). Interventions 11.3 (2009): 432-434.

Beck, John. Rev. of Joan Richardson, A Natural History of Pragmatism: The Fact of Feeling from Jonathan Edwards to Gertrude Stein (2007). The Wallace Stevens Journal 31.1 (2007): 97-99.

Beck, John. ‘William Carlos Williams,’ pp. 759-60 in M. Keith Booker, ed. Encyclopaedia of Literature and Politics: Censorship, Revolution, & Writing. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood, 2005.

Beck, John. Rev. of Joseph M. Conte, Design and Debris: A Chaotics of Postmodern American Fiction (2002). Comparative American Studies 1.6 (2003): 250-251.

Beck, John. ‘Sleeve Notes.’ In Live From the Vinyl Junkyard, exhibition catalogue, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, 1998. Not paginated.

Beck, John. Rev. of Robert Milder, Reimagining Thoreau (1995). Borderlines: Studies in American Culture 3.3 (1996): 301-302.

Beck, John. Rev. of Susan Danly and Leo Marx, eds., The Railroad in American Art: Representations of Technological Change (1988). Word & Image 7.1 (1991): 390-93.