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Episode 12: Virginia Woolf

Matthew Holliday | University of Nottingham Matthew is a first-year doctoral researcher in English Literature at the University of Nottingham, where he is undertaking a revisionist study of Virginia Woolf’s aesthetics through the lens of Impressionism, focusing on grief as it manifests through objects. Born in London, he gained a BA at Southampton Solent (2016) and an MA from the University of Nottingham (2017) before winning an AHRC-funded Midlands3Cities studentship to work under the...


Episode 11: The Politics of Modernism

Panel: Joseph Owen, David Young, Ava Dikova Joseph Owen | University of Southampton Joseph is a first year English PhD student at University of Southampton. His focus is on aesthetics in the work of political theorist Carl Schmitt. He aims to introduce literary modernism into discussions of Schmitt’s thought. David Young | Duqesne University David is a fourth year PhD candidate at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. His dissertation focuses on fascist violence in twentieth century British...


Episode 10: Modernism in the Archives

Panel: Nissa Cannon | University of California, Santa Barbara Nissa is an Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Pre-doctoral Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she is completing her Ph.D. in English. Her dissertation, “Paper Identities and Identity Papers” argues that the documents of interwar itinerancy are responsible for creating a distinct mode of migratory identity: expatriation. She has published on Jean Toomer’s Cane, and has an article forthcoming in...


Episode 9: Modernism, Medicine and the Body

Panel: Meindert Peters, Lisa Banks, Julia Sutton-Mattocks, Samraghni Bonnerjee Meindert Peters | University of Oxford Meindert E. Peters is doing a DPhil in German Studies at New College, University of Oxford. His work focuses on the articulations of embodiment in German Modernity. Heidegger’s understanding of the body in Being and Time (1927) shapes the background to his reading of literature (esp. Rilke and Döblin) and dance (esp. Berber and Droste) of the period. Meindert is a former...


Episode 8: Modernism and Technology

Panel: Jennifer Janechek | University of Iowa Dr. Jennifer Janechek is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at the University of Iowa. Her dissertation and now book project, “‘A Machine to Hear for Them’: Telephony, Modernism, and the Mother Tongue,” traces a new aurality in British literary modernism that emerged in response to contemporary advances in communication engineering, particularly those related to telephony. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Texas Studies in...


Episode 7: Modernism at War

Panel: 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...


Episode 6: Modernism and Race

Phoenix Alexander | Yale Phoenix is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the departments of English, African American Studies and WGSS. Before coming to Yale, he trained as a fashion and textile designer at Central Saint Martins, and completed a BA and MA in literature at Queen Mary, University of London. His article ‘Spectacles of Dystopia: Lauren Beukes and the Geopolitics of Digital Space’ was published in Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, and his non-fiction has...


Episode 5: Modernism, Its Influence and After

Panel: Benedict Jones-Williams, Heather Green, Chris Beausang, Veronika Schuchter Benedict is a first year PhD student at the University of Edinburgh – his doctoral research focuses on the relationship between museums and literature in Europe and North America from 1850 until the present day. He recently graduated with distinction from Edinburgh’s Book History and Material Culture Masters programme, prior to which he studied English Literature at the University of Aberdeen, where he...


Episode 4: Queer Modernism

Panel: Lloyd Houston, Megan Girdwood Megan is a third year PhD student in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York. Her thesis explores the place of the modernist dancer in performance, focusing on the legacy of Salome in late-nineteenth and twentieth-century drama and choreography. She has published work in the Journal of Religion & Film and the Irish Studies Review, and will participate in the discussion panel of the upcoming Modernist Podcast episode on...


Episode 2: Modernism and the Environment

Panel: Ted Howell, Rachel Murray, Peter Adkins Ted is a PhD candidate in English Literature at Temple University completing a dissertation on modernist fiction, early ecology, and the Anthropocene. His work brings literary history into interdisciplinary conversations about the Anthropocene, and through studies of works by E.M. Forster, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and H.G. Wells, illustrates how consistently modernist fiction leverages environmental ideologies and how widely literature...


Episode 1: Modernism, Women and Feminism

Panel: Rio Matchett, Katie Dyson, Fran Bigman, Sophie Oliver, Jade French Rio is a first year Doctoral candidate at the University of Liverpool, and a freelance theatre director. Her research focuses on women in the world of modernist little magazines, and her theatre work strives to give platform to voices that aren’t always lifted up, to tell their own stories in a beautiful and brave way. Katie Dyson is a PhD candidate at Loyola University Chicago. Her dissertation explores the...