About

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 Technology

Panel: Jennifer Janechek, Tamara Radak, Leonie Thomas

Jennifer Janechek | University of Iowa

Dr. Jennifer Janechek is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at the University of Iowa. Her dissertation and now book project, “‘A Machine to Hear for Them’: Telephony, Modernism, and the Mother Tongue,” traces a new aurality in British literary modernism that emerged in response to contemporary advances in communication engineering, particularly those related to telephony. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Texas Studies in Literature and Language, The Conradian, Dickens Studies Annual, The Victorian, Literature/Film Quarterly, and Nineteenth-Century Disability: Cultures & Contexts. She is also the recipient of the Bruce Harkness Young Conrad Scholar Award from the Joseph Conrad Society of America.

Tamara Radak | University of Vienna

Tamara Radak is a lecturer and PhD candidate at the University of Vienna. She is currently preparing a monograph on anti-closural narratives in the novels of James Joyce, Flann O’Brien, Virginia Woolf, and Ernest Hemingway, titled No(n)Sense of an Ending? Modernist Aporias of Closure. She was the host organiser of Irish Modernisms: Gaps, Conjectures, Possibilities (University of Vienna, 2016) and has published in James Joyce QuarterlyEuropean Joyce  StudiesJames Joyce Literary Supplement, and the Flann O’Brien-themed The Parish Review. Her most recent essay, forthcoming in Flann O’Brien: Problems with  Authority (Cork UP,  2017), applies hypertext and possible worlds theory to Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman.

 Leonie Thomas | University of Bristol

Leonie Thomas is an AHRC funded PhD student, co-supervised at the Universities of Exeter and Bristol. Her doctoral project, entitled “Wireless Women: Listening-In to Forgotten Female Voices at the BBC, 1922-1955”, explores the influence of a diverse range of female writers on the cultural output of the BBC. She has presented at The Space Between Society’s annual conference in McGill in 2016, as well as at the “Radio Modernisms” conference hosted by the British Library in June 2016. She has a forthcoming article, entitled “Making Waves: Una Marson at the BBC”, in Media History and she has been invited to speak as part of Kings College London’s celebration of the BBC World Service in October 2018.

Panel 2

Modernism At War

Panel: Alice Kelly, Molly Hall, Hannah Simpson

Alice Kelly | University of Oxford

Dr. Alice Kelly is the Harmsworth Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the History of the United States and World War One at the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on First World War and modernist literature and culture. She has published a critical edition of Edith Wharton’s 1915 collection of war reportage, Fighting France: From Dunkerque to Belfort (Edinburgh University Press, 2015), and has recently written on First World War letters, the war writings of Katherine Mansfield, and the American nurse Ellen N. La Motte, in journals and in the Times Literary Supplement. She is currently working on a book on modernism and war commemoration.

Molly Hall | University of Rhode Island

Molly Hall is a doctoral student and instructor of literature at University of Rhode Island, where she also currently holds a graduate fellowship at The Coastal Institute, and has recently co-organized a public humanities project exploring the relationship between representation and reality of veteran’s homecoming in America from WWI to the Middle East. Her dissertation focuses on the constitutive entanglements of the British national subject in landscape representation within modernist responses to World War I. Titled “Ecological Impacts of World War I: Tracing Temporalities of Brink and Acceleration in British Modernism, 1890-1945,” her project traces the ways in which landscapes of home and war become enmeshed in interwar English literature of the 1920s and 1930s, focusing in particular on the residual romanticisms of Virginia Woolf, Radclyffe Hall, D.H. Lawrence, and Siegfried Sassoon, as their landscape aesthetics posit a queer materialist historiography, attempting to reground the modern subject in a deracinated homeland. She hopes to suggest that the ethics of modernist aesthetics open up both a dangerous reconfiguration of the relationship between subjectivity, “nature,” and war as well as an opportunity to better understand the modern affective orientation towards the environment in the decades that followed.

Hannah Simpson | University of Oxford

Hannah Simpson is a DPhil student in English Literature at St. Cross College, University of Oxford. Her dissertation explores the presentation of physical pain and disability in post-WWII theatre and choreography, focusing on the work of Samuel Beckett and Tatsumi Hijikata. She has articles published in Comparative Drama, Warwick Exchanges, and Etudes Irlandaises, and forthcoming the Journal of Modern Literature. She is also currently co-organising a conference entitled “The Human Body and World War II”, to be held at the University of Oxford, March 23rd-24th.

Featured NTU Researcher: Hannah Wilson | @HannahWilsonPhD

Panel 3

Modernism and Race

Panel: Phoenix Alexander, Ryan Weberling, Madison Priest, Paul J Edwards

Phoenix Alexander | Yale

Phoenix is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the departments of English, African American Studies and WGSS. Before coming to Yale, he trained as a fashion and textile designer at Central Saint Martins, and completed a BA and MA in literature at Queen Mary, University of London. His article ‘Spectacles of Dystopia: Lauren Beukes and the Geopolitics of Digital Space’ was published in Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, and his non-fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. His dissertation is titled Voices with Vision: Writing Black Feminist Futures in Twentieth Century African America.

Ryan Weberling | Boston University

Ryan is a doctoral candidate in the English department at Boston University, where he is also completing a graduate certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. His dissertation, ‘One World, One Life’: Modernist Fiction and the Politics of Federation, considers how writers such as Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, and Salman Rushdie responded to the emergence of liberal federalism as a mode of governance and structure of feeling.

Madison Priest | City University New York

Madison is a doctoral candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center specializing in 20th century U.S. women’s writing. She is currently at work on her dissertation, “Women We Don’t Want to Be: The Female-Authored Antiheroine in American Modernism.” The project situates this character within an American literary tradition of comingled “brows” and seeks through her to map the landscape of women’s choices during what a Harper’s Weekly Columnist called “feminism’s awkward age.”

Paul J Edwards | Harvard University

Paul is a Lecturer on History and Literature at Harvard University. He holds a PhD in American Studies from Boston University. His research has been supported by a Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship (2012-2015) Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) research fellowship (2015-2016) and Dissertation Fellowship at the Boston University Center for the Humanities (Spring 2017). He graduated from Wesleyan University with a bachelor of arts degree with honors in Music with a focus on ethnomusicology and American music history. His work in race and gender consider the ways discourses precede human interaction and often becomes obstacles for human contact. His methodology and analysis synthesize Michel Foucault, Carl Jung, Judith Butler, and Eve Sedgwick to focus on the epistemology and ontology of gender and race. At the heart of this methodology is a concern with how race functions in different contexts especially in the late 19th- and early 20th-century.

At the time of interview, Paul was a PhD student at Boston University.

Featured NTU Researcher: Martin Parsons | @martang66

Panel 4

Modernism, Its Influence and After

Panel: Benedict Jones-Williams, Heather Green, Chris Beausang,
Veronika Schuchter

Benedict Jones-Williams | University of Edinburgh

Benedict is a first year PhD student at the University of Edinburgh – his doctoral research focuses on the relationship between museums and literature in Europe and North America from 1850 until the present day. He recently graduated with distinction from Edinburgh’s Book History and Material Culture Masters programme, prior to which he studied English Literature at the University of Aberdeen, where he co-founded The Elphinstone Review, an undergraduate journal for the arts and social sciences. He has presented at conferences in Toronto and Leeds, and will soon be giving a paper at the 27th annual Virginia Woolf conference.

Heather Green | Nottingham Trent

Heather is a PhD candidate at NTU, researching the interpretation of literary heritage within Nottingham under the supervision of Duncan Grewcock. She completed her MA in Museum and Heritage Development at NTU in 2016, and has worked professionally within libraries and archives since 2009.

Chris Beausang | Maynooth Univeristy

Chris is a first-year PhD candidate in An Foras Feasa at Maynooth University, working under the supervision of Professor Susan Schreibman. His research investigates the resurgence of modernist aesthetics within the novels of contemporary novelists such as Anne Enright, Eimear McBride, Tom McCarthy and Will Self and involves reaching a definition of literary style through the use of machine learning and the construction of neural networks. Chris received his B.A. in English Studies from Trinity College Dublin in 2014 and his MPhil in Digital Humanities and Culture, also from Trinity, in 2015. He has had fiction published in Gorse, The Galway Review and The Bohemyth.

Veronika Schuchter | University of Innsbruck

Veronika is a final year PhD student at the University of Innsbruck and a Visiting Scholar at Nottingham Trent University where her doctoral project in the area of contemporary women’s writing is co-supervised. She is particularly interested in feminist and postcolonial theory as well as Canadian literature and women’s writing. She is steering group member of the Postgraduate Contemporary Women’s Writing Network (PG CWWN) and on the executive committee of the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association (FWSA).

Featured NTU Researcher: Connor Murphy | @captainconk