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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, and teaches on the English and Comparative Literary Studies and the Philosophy and Literature degree programmes.

Research interests

Modernisms and avant-gardes in their cultural, historical and geographical contexts. 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, Jean Rhys, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Mina Loy, and T.S. Eliot. Her work is informed by critical theory and combines global, literary-philosophical, materialist and feminist epistemologies.

Her monograph, Sylvia Plath and the Theatre of Mourning (Oxford University Press), recovers Plath as a pivotal figure in transatlantic postwar poetry, and explores her 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 is interested in the consequences of the 'spatial turn' in the humanities for literary study, particularly in relation to urban space, and to the global and geopolitical dimensions of modernism, or so-called 'geomodernisms'. 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:

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
  • ‘Pathologies of the Imperial Metropolis: Literary Impressionism as Traumatic Afterimage in Conrad and Ford’, Journal of Modern Literature, 29.1 (2005), pp.1-20.

Professional associations

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


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

Office hours, 2018-19

Monday 1-2pm

Thursday 1-2pm