Marginal Modernists

Panel: Noreen Masud, Jaime Ellen Church, Ruth Clemens, Andrew Seager


Noreen Masud | University of Oxford

Noreen teaches Victorian and Modern Literature and literary theory across colleges at the University of Oxford. Her doctoral thesis, funded by the AHRC, explored how the poetry and prose of Stevie Smith might productively be read as ‘aphoristic’. She has work published or forthcoming on Stevie Smith, M. C. Escher, Sylvia Plath and the theory of the aphorism, and in 2016 she organised the first one-day conference on Stevie Smith, with Dr Frances White.

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).

Ruth Clemens | Leeds Trinity

Funded PhD student in Comparative Literature, Ruth’s research concerns the transnationalism and multilingualism of Anglophone modernist literary paratexts through the critical theory of Gilles Deleuze and Rosi Braidotti.

Andrew Seager | University of Dundee

Andrew Seager is an AHRC funded PhD student at the University of Dundee. His research is tied to the University’s ‘Alan Sharp Archive’, a collection of manuscripts, unpublished novels, and other documents written by the titular Scottish screenwriter and novelist who passed away in 2013. Andrew’s PhD is titled “To ‘Live Through the Lens: The screenplays and literature of Alan Sharp as transmedial texts’. It explores Sharp’s unique blending of screenwriting and prose forms throughout his body of work, arguing they illustrate the fluid, transmedial properties of the screenplay form, and its unique occupancy in a liminal space between mediums. Andrew graduated with a first class honours degree in English and Film from the University of Dundee’s in 2015, and with a Distinction in from University of Dundee’s Film Studies MLitt in 2017. In both cases he won awards for best overall grades. His research interests include: screenplay criticism, ‘french genetic criticism’, Scottish Modernism, New Hollywood and Queer Theory.