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.
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 His research is tied to the University’s ‘Alan Sharp Archive’, a collection of manuscripts, unpublished novels, and other documents written by the titular Scottish screenwriter and novelist who passed away in 2013.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.
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.
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.
Nissa Cannon | University of California, Santa Barbara
Nissa is an Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Pre-doctoral Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she is completing her Ph.D. in English. Her dissertation, “Paper Identities and Identity Papers” argues that the documents of interwar itinerancy are responsible for creating a distinct mode of migratory identity: expatriation. She has published on Jean Toomer’s Cane, and has an article forthcoming in symploke on Claude McKay’s Banjo and the modern passport system
Bret Johnson | University of Loughborough
Bret is a fully-funded researcher at Loughborough University, with an interest in the role of literary prizes, small publishers, and the avant-garde. His work currently looks at literature throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with a focus one Modernism and its legacy within contemporary fiction and combines archival research with oral history interviews. He gained a BA at Goldsmiths (2012) and an MA at the University of Birmingham (2014) before winning a studentship at Loughborough University in 2016 to work under the supervision of Dr Lise Jaillant and Professor Nigel Wood
Emma West | University of Birmingham
Emma is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Birmingham. Her postdoctoral project, Revolutionary Red Tape: How state bureaucracy shaped British modernism, examines how public servants and official committees helped to commission, disseminate and popularise British modernist art, design, architecture and literature. She has published essays on modernism, periodicals, fashion and theory and is the organiser of several conferences, including Alternative Modernisms (2013), A Century On (2015) and Twentieth-Century British Periodicals (2017). She is the Founder and Chair of Modernist Network Cymru (MONC).