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.