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

Modernist Scandal

Panel: Eliza Murphy Jaime Ellen Church

Eliza Murphy | University of Tasmania

Eliza is a PhD candidate in the School of Humanities at the University of Tasmania. Her research explores the role and representation of parties in interwar literature, investigating the ways in which fictional parties are reflective of historical and cultural contexts. Her work focuses primarily on the novels of E. F. Benson, Stella Gibbons, Nancy Mitford, and Evelyn Waugh.

Jaime Ellen Church | University of Wolverhampton

Jaime is a second year PhD student and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton. Her research interests include the entire body of Zelda Fitzgerald’s work and that of her husband. This year she has been teaching on ‘Brief Encounters’, a module analysing the short story’s narrative form. Jaime is also presenting her research at the University of Leed’s New Work in Modernism conference (2017).

Panel 2

James Joyce

Panel: Kiron Ward, Helen SaundersGenevieve Sartor, Mark McGahon

Dr Kiron Ward | University of East Anglia

Kiron is a Teaching Fellow in Postcolonial Literature at the University of Sussex. He completed his PhD thesis, Fictional Encyclopaedism in James Joyce, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Robert Bolaño: Towards A Theory of Literary Totality, at the University of Sussex in May 2017. He is the co-editor, with Katherine Da Cunha Lewin (University of Sussex), of Don DeLillo: Contemporary Critical Perspectives, which is out with Bloomsbury Academic in October, and, with James Blackwell Phelan (Vanderbilt University), of ‘Encyclopedia Joyce,’ a special issue of the James Joyce Quarterly. Kiron is also on the Academic Committee for the 2019 North American James Joyce Conference in Mexico City; the theme is ‘Joyce Without Borders,’ and the Call for Papers can be found at https://www.joycewithoutborders.com/

Dr Helen Saunders | King’s College London

Helen is a PhD candidate at King’s College London writing on modernist literature and fashion, with a particular interest in the work of James Joyce. She is a postgraduate representative for the British Association of Modernist Studies and was previously an Administrator at the Centre for Modern Literature and Culture at King’s College London. In addition, Helen is an Editorial Assistant at Bloomsbury. Previously she has worked as a teaching assistant at King’s College London, a private tutor, a bookseller, and as a media analyst.

Genevieve Sartor | Trinity College Dublin

Genevieve is a PhD Candidate at Trinity College Dublin. She is editor of James Joyce and Genetic Criticism (Brill 2018), and has published or forthcoming articles in the Journal of Modern Literature, the University of Toronto Quarterly, the James Joyce Literary Supplement, Deleuze Studies and The Irish Times.Her current interdisciplinary research concerns a manuscript-based James Joycean critique of psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan’s late seminars.

Dr Mark McGahon | Queen’s University, Belfast

Mark is a University Tutor at Queen’s University, Belfast. He completed his PhD in 2016 on ‘Acts of Injustice and the Construction of Social Reality in James Joyce’s Ulysses’ and is currently working toward turning this project into a book. This work traces injustices that cannot be made known due to acts of silencing in several chapters of Ulysses. It uses a concept of injustice formulated by the French thinker Jean-Francois Lyotard whereby dominant social realities silence unwanted perspectives. His article, ‘Silence, Justice, and the Différend in Joyce’s Ulysses’ appeared in ‘Silence in Modern Irish Writing, edited by Michael McAteer in 2017. He has also reviewed extensively, notably in ‘Irish Studies Review’ and ‘James Joyce Quarterly’.

Panel 3

Mapping Modernism

Panel: Laura LovejoyKieron Fairweather, Matilda BlackwellElizabeth O’Connor


Laura Lovejoy | University College Dublin

Laura completed her PhD at University College Dublin in 2016. Her dissertation explored how a collection of modernist novels published in the 1930s by James Joyce, Flann O’Brien, Samuel Beckett and Elizabeth Bowen engaged with ideas of cultural degeneration as they were manifest in the politics of the Irish Free State.

Kieron Fairweather | Northumbria University

Kieron is in his second year of PhD studies in English Literature at Northumbria University. His research focuses on the works of Jean Rhys and Djuna Barnes and looks to rework practices of flânerie and psychogeography through the scope of affect studies.

Matilda Blackwell | University of Birmingham

Matilda is in the first year of her PhD in English Literature at the University of Birmingham, funded by the Midlands3Cities doctoral training partnership. Her research focuses on the bathroom as a performative/political/hygienic space in early twentieth- century British literature, particularly as it intersects with themes of queerness and the materiality of the body.

Elizabeth O’Connor | University of Birmingham

Elizabeth is a third year PhD student at the University of Birmingham, researching the presence and significance of shore imagery in the poetry and prose of H.D. Her research interests are in modern poetry, modernism, ecocriticism, ecofeminism and nature-writing. She is Book Review Editor for the postgraduate research publication The Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language, and her recent publications include ‘”Pushing on Through Transparencies”: H.D.’s Shores and the Creation of New Space’, antae 3.1 (April 2016)

Panel 4

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.