Modernism At War

Panel: Alice Kelly, Molly Hall, Hannah Simpson

Alice Kelly | University of Oxford

Dr. Alice Kelly is the Harmsworth Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the History of the United States and World War One at the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on First World War and modernist literature and culture. She has published a critical edition of Edith Wharton’s 1915 collection of war reportage, Fighting France: From Dunkerque to Belfort (Edinburgh University Press, 2015), and has recently written on First World War letters, the war writings of Katherine Mansfield, and the American nurse Ellen N. La Motte, in journals and in the Times Literary Supplement. She is currently working on a book on modernism and war commemoration.

Molly Hall | University of Rhode Island

Molly Hall is a doctoral student and instructor of literature at University of Rhode Island, where she has recently co-organized a public humanities project exploring the relationship between representation and reality of veteran’s homecoming in America from WWI to the Middle East. Her dissertation focuses on the constitutive entanglements of the British national subject in landscape representation within modernist responses to World War I. Titled “Ecological Impacts of World War I: Tracing Temporalities of Brink and Acceleration in British Modernism, 1890-1945,” her project traces the ways in which landscapes of home and war become enmeshed in interwar English literature of the 1920s and 1930s, focusing in particular on the residual romanticisms of Virginia Woolf, Radclyffe Hall, D.H. Lawrence, and Siegfried Sassoon, as their landscape aesthetics posit a queer materialist historiography, attempting to reground the modern subject in a deracinated homeland. She hopes to suggest that the ethics of modernist aesthetics open up both a dangerous reconfiguration of the relationship between subjectivity, “nature,” and war as well as an opportunity to better understand the modern affective orientation towards the environment in the decades that followed.

Hannah Simpson | University of Oxford

Hannah Simpson is a DPhil student in English Literature at St. Cross College, University of Oxford. Her dissertation explores the presentation of physical pain and disability in post-WWII theatre and choreography, focusing on the work of Samuel Beckett and Tatsumi Hijikata. She has articles published in Comparative Drama, Warwick Exchanges, and Etudes Irlandaises, and forthcoming the Journal of Modern Literature. She is also currently co-organising a conference entitled “The Human Body and World War II”, to be held at the University of Oxford, March 23rd-24th.

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