Modernist Scandal

Panel: Juliet Conway, Katharine Perko, Abbey Rees-Hales, Eliza Murphy

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Juliet Conway | University of Edinburgh

Juliet is a PhD student at The University of Edinburgh studying American Literature. Her research project focuses on the depiction of the flirt figure in American fiction from the late nineteenth century to early twentieth, using the elusive & chameleon-like figure of the flirt as a lens to explore representations of femininity and sexuality in a period where traditional models of womanhood were becoming increasingly unstable. She is a writer for Edinburgh University’s ‘Inciting Sparks’ project and an associate of the Scottish Centre for Victorian and Neo-Victorian Studies.

Abbey Rees-Hales | University of Birmingham 

Abbey is in the first year of her Midlands3Cities funded PhD in History of Art at the University of Birmingham. Her research explores the international network of modernist women artists, including Renée Sintenis, May den Engelsen, Lettice Sandford, Toyen and Clara Tice, who during the interwar period transgressed notions of bourgeois female propriety as illustrators of (homo)erotic texts from Sappho and Lucian to the Marquis de Sade and Charles Baudelaire. Whilst the complexities and contradictions of the New Woman have been amply discussed by art historians, how this is exemplified by the New Woman artist negotiating the ‘male domain’ of erotica has been overlooked. Abbey’s research aims to illuminate an understanding of how these artists, artists who have largely been written out of the art historical and modernist canons, negotiated their positions as women artists in male-dominated circles.

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.