Modernism?

Panel: Andrew Thacker, Rebecca Beasley, Shawna Ross

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Professor Andrew Thacker | Nottingham Trent

Andrew Thacker’s research focuses upon all areas of modernism and modernist culture, with a particular emphasis upon institutions of modernism such as magazines and bookshops. He has published many books and articles on modernism, including the monographs, Moving Through Modernity: Space and Geography in Modernism (2003) and The Imagist Poets (2011), and the edited / co-edited volumes, James Joyce’s Dubliners (2006) and Geographies of Modernism (2005). He was co-director of the AHRC-funded Modernist Magazines Project which resulted in three volumes of essays for OUP, The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines. He is currently working on three projects: a monograph on Modernism, Space, and the City for Edinburgh University Press; a cultural history of the modern bookshop; and a new series of volumes on global modernist magazines. Professor Thacker has received research funding from the AHRB, AHRC, and British Academy. Currently he serves on the Executive of the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS) and was its first elected Chair.

Associate Professor Rebecca Beasley | University of Oxford

Rebecca Beasley’s research has spanned from Anglo-American modernist poetry, especially in relation to the visual arts, to the impact of Russian culture on British modernism. Her publications attest to this: Ezra Pound and the Visual Culture of Modernism (Cambridge University Press, 2007), Theorists of Modernist Poetry (Routledge, 2007) and Russomania: Russian Culture and the Creation of British Modernism, 1881-1922, forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2017. This study argues that the British cultural construction of Russia not only fed into, but focused and reformed the defining questions of modernism: the relation between writer and audience (individual vs. mass), the relation between the literary work and lived experience (the nature of realism), and the relation between language and action (abstraction vs. the concrete).  Doctor Beasley has been awarded Research Fellowships by the Leverhulme Trust and the AHRC. Her future projects include a book on modernism across different media in mid-twentieth-century Britain, and a study of the relationship between twentieth-century poetry and educational theory in the United States.

Assistant Professor Shawna Ross | Texas A&M University

Shawna Ross is an assistant professor of British literature and the digital humanities at Texas A&M, where she focuses on modernism, Henry James, Charlotte Brontë, leisure studies, and Anthropocene theory. Her coedited collection, Reading Modernism with Machines, came out from Palgrave in 2016, and her cowritten book, Using Digital Humanities in the Classroom, will appear in October 2017 from Bloomsbury Academic. She is currently at work on a book manuscript on the Brontë family and climate change, and her work has appeared in venues such as JML, DHQ, and the Henry James Review.