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.

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