The Modernist Podcast is a monthly discussion of art, literature and culture in the early twentieth century, providing academics with a platform to share their research with the wider community. Our aim is to bring critical debates beyond the bindings of the journal and out from within the walls of the conference, into the airwaves and across digital media. We believe that this is a great way for scholars to have their voices heard in a thought provoking and fresh format that is accessible to a diverse audience.

Our episodes are proudly international, with panelists from across the UK, the USA, Japan, Canada, Australia and beyond. So no matter where you are in the world, don’t hesitate to contact us – all you need to get involved is a recording device. The podcast is committed to a broad discussion of modernism, located throughout the globe, spanning the late 19th century to new modernism(s) and encompassing forms as diverse as poetry, music, prose, newspapers, dance, painting, drama, photography, radio, sculpture and film. We are invested in a dialogue that considers high modernism alongside non-fiction and the middlebrow, Bloomsbury with rural England, Harlem with Berlin, the Americas with the Middle East.

We can be found on Soundcloud and iTunes. Our host is Séan Richardson, a first year PhD student at Nottingham Trent University. You can find out more about him here.

Panel 1

Modernism and Form

Panel: Lilian Hingley, Michelle Rada, Daisy Ferris

Lillian Hingley | University of Oxford

Lillian is a first year DPhil student at the University of Oxford. Supported by the Hertford-Faculty of English DPhil Studentship in Irish Literature, her thesis explores how the modernist writers Ibsen, Joyce and Beckett constitute Theodor Adorno’s critical theory. Beyond her doctorate, she is a TELOSthreads intern for Telos Journal and is currently establishing an Oxford-based critical theory network.

Michelle Rada | Brown

Michelle is a doctoral candidate in English at Brown University. Her research focuses on turn-of-the-century English, Irish, and Latin American literature and Modernist aesthetics. She is interested in tracing the relationship between turn-of-the-century design and visual culture, psychoanalysis, affect, and the novel as a form through which these discourses are negotiated, diffused, and restructured. Michelle’s dissertation, “Form and Dysfunction,” examines affective, aesthetic, and methodological innovations that the novel mobilizes through form. Each chapter magnifies a novel’s formal structure alongside two separate discourses: psychoanalysis and design theory. She argues that formal experiments in Modernism critique (and shatter) the period’s obsession with function and empirical knowledge. Michelle has published articles in The Journal of Modern Literature, The Comparatist, and Room One-Thousand, and has forthcoming pieces in James Joyce Quarterly and The Journal of Beckett Studies.

Daisy Ferris | Nottingham Trent

Daisy is a first year PhD candidate at Nottingham Trent University. Her research looks at women’s use of humour and parody in modernist magazines. She completed an Mres in English Literary Research in 2017, also at Nottingham Trent University, and was awarded the English Prize, the Michael Klein Prize and the Eland Books Travel Writing Prize for her BA which she completed at the same institution. Her wider research interests include modernist woman’s writing, modernist use of parody, and modernist periodical culture.

Panel 2

Marginal Modernists

Panel: Noreen Masud, Andrew Seager, Jodie Marley, Ruth Clemens

Noreen Masud | University of Oxford

Noreen teaches Victorian and Modern Literature and literary theory across colleges at the University of Oxford. Her doctoral thesis, funded by the AHRC, explored how the poetry and prose of Stevie Smith might productively be read as ‘aphoristic’. She has work published or forthcoming on Stevie Smith, M. C. Escher, Sylvia Plath and the theory of the aphorism, and in 2016 she organised the first one-day conference on Stevie Smith, with Dr Frances White.

Andrew Seager | University of Dundee

Andrew Seager is an AHRC funded PhD student at the University of Dundee. His research is tied to the University’s ‘Alan Sharp Archive’, a collection of manuscripts, unpublished novels, and other documents written by the titular Scottish screenwriter and novelist who passed away in 2013. Andrew’s PhD is titled “To ‘Live Through the Lens: The screenplays and literature of Alan Sharp as transmedial texts’. It explores Sharp’s unique blending of screenwriting and prose forms throughout his body of work, arguing they illustrate the fluid, transmedial properties of the screenplay form, and its unique occupancy in a liminal space between mediums. Andrew graduated with a first class honours degree in English and Film from the University of Dundee’s in 2015, and with a Distinction in from University of Dundee’s Film Studies MLitt in 2017. In both cases he won awards for best overall grades. His research interests include: screenplay criticism, ‘french genetic criticism’, Scottish Modernism, New Hollywood and Queer Theory.

Jodie Marley | University of Nottingham

Jodie Marley | Jodie is a first year PhD student in the School of English at the University of Nottingham, supervised by Professor James Moran and Dr Matt Green, and funded by the CRLC. Her PhD project focuses on the influence of William Blake’s writings and philosophy on the works of W. B. Yeats, George William Russell (‘A.E.’), and James Stephens. The project focuses in particular on these writers’ reception of Blake as a mystic and visionary and their adaptation of his ideas into their own mystic systems.

Ruth Clemens | Leeds Trinity 

Ruth is a third year stipendiary PhD candidate and visiting lecturer at Leeds Trinity University. Her research undertakes a Deleuze-informed approach to literary paratexts, especially in their use of translation, multilingualism, and the foregrounding of textual and non-textual borders. Her thesis focuses on the work of T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, and Hope Mirrlees. As well as her PhD project, Ruth is currently working on English translations of the Dutch modernist Carry van Bruggen. She is a BAMS postgraduate representative, and is currently a visiting research fellow at Utrecht University under the supervision of Rosi Braidotti.

Panel 3

Virginia Woolf

Panel: Matthew Holliday, Rosie Reynolds, Anne Reus


Matthew Holliday | University of Nottingham

Matthew is a first-year doctoral researcher in English Literature at the University of Nottingham, where he is undertaking a revisionist study of Virginia Woolf’s aesthetics through the lens of Impressionism, focusing on grief as it manifests through objects. Born in London, he gained a BA at Southampton Solent (2016) and an MA from the University of Nottingham (2017) before winning an AHRC-funded Midlands3Cities studentship to work under the supervision of Dr Leena Kore-Schroder, Professor Martin Stannard and Dr Gaby Neher.

Rosie Reynolds | University of Westminster

Rosie is a second year English PhD student at the University of Westminster. She works primarily on Virginia Woolf, with a focus on the role of the aunt and its representation across her writing. She aims to explore the relationship between fictional aunts and their real life counterparts over the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries – a time in which the changing demography of Britain resulted in a proliferation of aunts. As well as studying for her PhD, Rosie works in HE Outreach and is collaborating with various organisations on prisoner education, including a current teaching project at HMP Pentonville.

Anna Reus | Leeds Trinity University

Anne is a third year PhD Student at Leeds Trinity University. Her thesis examines the representations of nineteenth-century women writers in Virginia Woolf’s journalism, focussing on the influence of Victorian biography and changing definitions of female professionalism. Her research interests also include mid-Victorian sensation and domestic fiction. She was co-organizer of Virginia Woolf and Heritage conference at Leeds Trinity University in 2016 and editor of the Selected Papers on this topic (Clemson UP, 2017), and is on the organizing team for the BAMS postgraduate conference New Work in Modernist Studies 2017.

Panel 4

The Politics of Modernism

Panel: Joseph Owen, David Young, Ava Dikova

Joseph Owen | University of Southampton

Joseph is a first year English PhD student at University of Southampton. His focus is on aesthetics in the work of political theorist Carl Schmitt. He aims to introduce literary modernism into discussions of Schmitt’s thought.

David Young | Duqesne University

David is a fourth year PhD candidate at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. His dissertation focuses on fascist violence in twentieth century British fiction. He is investigating how this violence is presented as a literary form in narrative.

Ava Dikova | University of Essex 

Ava is a second year PhD candidate at University of Essex. Her thesis develops a modernist concept of personal autonomy and traces its representation in the work of Virginia Woolf.