Episode 3: Transatlantic Modernism
Matthew is a PhD student at University College London. He works on late modernism (1955-65) and on the transatlantic avant-garde. His research focuses on the poet and curator Frank O’Hara, and on his relationships and collaborations with European gestural art.
Gaby is a first year PhD candidate at the National University of Ireland, Galway and is a recipient of the Hardiman Research Scholarship. Her research draws together the writers Edith Wharton, Djuna Barnes, and Gertrude Stein to consider how their writing responds to the articulation of female identity found in American social reform campaigns.
Rachel is in the first year of her Midlands3Cities funded PhD in English at the University of Birmingham. She is working on the relationship between early 20th Century physics, literature and culture, looking particularly at the ways physics was experienced and adopted by Modernist poets.
Anna is a PhD student in the English Department at the University of Edinburgh. Her thesis looks at the American writer, Edith Wharton, and at her ambivalent engagement with modernity. More broadly, Anna is interested in the transatlantic culture of the interwar period, and in the relation of gender, sexuality and race to representations of transnationalism and cosmopolitanism – particularly in non-canonical (and middlebrow) texts. Her work on Edith Wharton has been published in the Edith Wharton Review and the Times Literary Supplement.