Mapping Modernism

Panel: Laura LovejoyKieron Fairweather, Matilda BlackwellElizabeth O’Connor


Laura Lovejoy | University College Dublin

Laura completed her PhD at University College Dublin in 2016. Her dissertation explored how a collection of modernist novels published in the 1930s by James Joyce, Flann O’Brien, Samuel Beckett and Elizabeth Bowen engaged with ideas of cultural degeneration as they were manifest in the politics of the Irish Free State.

Kieron Fairweather | Northumbria University

Kieron is in his second year of PhD studies in English Literature at Northumbria University. His research focuses on the works of Jean Rhys and Djuna Barnes and looks to rework practices of flânerie and psychogeography through the scope of affect studies.

Matilda Blackwell | University of Birmingham

Matilda is in the first year of her PhD in English Literature at the University of Birmingham, funded by the Midlands3Cities doctoral training partnership. Her research focuses on the bathroom as a performative/political/hygienic space in early twentieth- century British literature, particularly as it intersects with themes of queerness and the materiality of the body.

Elizabeth O’Connor | University of Birmingham

Elizabeth is a third year PhD student at the University of Birmingham, researching the presence and significance of shore imagery in the poetry and prose of H.D. Her research interests are in modern poetry, modernism, ecocriticism, ecofeminism and nature-writing. She is Book Review Editor for the postgraduate research publication The Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language, and her recent publications include ‘”Pushing on Through Transparencies”: H.D.’s Shores and the Creation of New Space’, antae 3.1 (April 2016)