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Dr. Christina Britzolakis

Dr Christina Britzolakis

Associate Professor

Email: c dot britzolakis at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)24 7652 2820

Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL


Dr. Christina Britzolakis is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies. She teaches on the English and on the Philosophy and Literature degree programmes, and between 2012 and 2018 was co-Director of the Philosophy and Literature degree programme.

Research interests

Modernisms and avant-gardes in their cultural, historical, and geographical contexts. Critical theory, especially theories and historical sociologies of modernity; philosophy and literature. More broadly, late 19th, 20th and 21st century writing, with a particular focus on the modernist moment and its legacies. She has published on a wide range of twentieth-century authors including Sylvia Plath, Walter Benjamin, Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, James Joyce, Mina Loy, T.S. Eliot, and Angela Carter.

Her monograph, Sylvia Plath and the Theatre of Mourning (Oxford University Press), explores Plath’s dialogue with modernism, psychoanalysis, feminism, and Cold War culture. More recently, her research has centred on modernist studies, and she has published on modernist prose, poetry and periodical culture. She has supervised doctoral projects in this area. Much of her research draws on spatial theory, in relation to urban spaces, and the geographies of modernism. Her current project is a book on modernism and peripheral Europe.

Proposals for doctoral work in any of these areas of interest are welcome.

Teaching and supervision

Modules taught in current and/or past years include:

Current PhD students:

Ariana Autieri, Translation and music in Joyce’s Ulysses.

Selected publications

  • Sylvia Plath and the Theatre of Mourning (Oxford University Press, 1999).
  • 'Varieties: Mina Loy, T.S. Eliot and Cosmopolitan Performance', Op Cit: A Journal of Anglo-American Studies 2 (2013).
  • '"The Strange High Singing of Some Aeroplane Overhead': War, Utopia and the Everyday in Virginia Woolf's Fiction' in Benjamin Kohlmann and Rosalyn Gregory (eds) Utopian Spaces of Modernism: Literature and Culture, 1885-1945 (Palgrave 2011), 121-40.
  • 'Making Modernism Safe for Democracy: The Dial (1920-1929)' in Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker (eds), The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines, Vol.2 (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2011).
  • ''This Way to the Exhibition': Genealogies of Urban Spectacle in Jean Rhys's Interwar Fiction', Textual Practice 21 (3), 2007, 457-82
  • ‘Conversation Amongst the Ruins: Plath and De Chirico’ in Kathleen Connors and Sally Bayley (eds) Eye Rhymes: Sylvia Plath’s Art of the Visual (Oxford University Press, 2007), pp.167-82.

  • ‘Pathologies of the Imperial Metropolis: Literary Impressionism as Traumatic Afterimage in Conrad and Ford’, Journal of Modern Literature, 29.1 (2005), pp.1-20.
  • Ariel and Other Poems’ in Jo Gill (ed) The Cambridge Companion to Sylvia Plath (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2005), pp.107-23.

  • ‘Technologies of Vision in Henry James’s What Maisie Knew’, Novel: A Forum on Fiction 34, 3 (Summer 2001), 369-90.

Professional associations

  • Modernist Studies Association
  • British Association of Modernist Studies
  • European Avant-Garde and Modernist Studies Association


  • BA Honours (Witwatersrand)
  • M.Phil; D.Phil (Oxford)

Office hours, 2018-19

This term my office hours are Online, and by appointment - please email to arrange.