Marginal Modernists

Panel: Noreen Masud, Andrew Seager, Jodie Marley, Ruth Clemens

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.

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 His research is tied to the University’s ‘Alan Sharp Archive’, a collection of manuscripts, unpublished novels, and other documents written by the titular Scottish screenwriter and novelist who passed away in 2013.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.

Jodie Marley | University of Nottingham

Jodie Marley | Jodie is a first year PhD student in the School of English at the University of Nottingham, supervised by Professor James Moran and Dr Matt Green, and funded by the CRLC. Her PhD project focuses on the influence of William Blake’s writings and philosophy on the works of W. B. Yeats, George William Russell (‘A.E.’), and James Stephens. The project focuses in particular on these writers’ reception of Blake as a mystic and visionary and their adaptation of his ideas into their own mystic systems.

Ruth Clemens | Leeds Trinity 

Ruth is a third year stipendiary PhD candidate and visiting lecturer at Leeds Trinity University. Her research undertakes a Deleuze-informed approach to literary paratexts, especially in their use of translation, multilingualism, and the foregrounding of textual and non-textual borders. Her thesis focuses on the work of T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, and Hope Mirrlees. As well as her PhD project, Ruth is currently working on English translations of the Dutch modernist Carry van Bruggen. She is a BAMS postgraduate representative, and is currently a visiting research fellow at Utrecht University under the supervision of Rosi Braidotti.