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Modern and Contemporary Literature

Elizabeth Barry, BA (York), MPhil, DPhil (Oxford) – Associate Professor

English and French modernism, especially Beckett; modern British and Irish theatre; post-war French theatre; Anglo-Irish writing; language and literature; literary theory. She has published on subjects such as Beckett and religious language, Beckett and romanticism, the novelist Henry Green, and the treatment of Jean Genet in feminist theory. She has published a monograph on the uses of cliché in Beckett’s work. She is also a member of the Shakespeare, Drama, and Performance research group.

Michael Bell, BA, PhD (London) – Emeritus Professor

European fiction from Cervantes onwards with a special focus on the modern period including D. H. Lawrence. The Cervantean interest also spreads into Latin-American fiction, as in Gabriel García Márquez: Solitude and Solidarity (Macmillan, 1993). His reading is often philosophically inflected, as in Sentimentalism, Ethics and the Culture of Feeling (Palgrave, 2000). The same applies to the topic of his previous book, Literature, Modernity and Myth (CUP, 1997), which discusses the relations of relativity and belief. His most recent book is Open Secrets: Literature, Education and Authority from J-J Rousseau to J. M. Coetzee. He is also a member of the Post-colonial and World Literary Studies research group.

Christina Britzolakis, BA (Witwatersrand), MPhil, DPhil. (Oxford) – Associate Professor

Modernism in its 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. Her book, Sylvia Plath and the Theatre of Mourning, situates Plath’s poetry and prose in relation to modernism, psychoanalysis, feminism, and Cold War culture. She has also published articles on a wide range of twentieth-century authors. Her current project is a book on modernism and peripheral Europe. She is also working on a study of the consequences of the 'spatial turn' in the humanities for literary study.

Thomas Docherty, MA Glasgow, DPhil Oxford - Professor

Published on most areas of English and comparative literature from the renaissance to the present day. He specialises in the philosophy of literary criticsim, in critical theory, and in cultural history in relation primarily to European philosophy and literatures. Books include Reading (Absent) Character; John Donne Undone; On Modern Authority; Postmodernism; After Theory; Alterities: Criticism and Modernity; Aesthetic Democracy; For the University; and Confessions: The Philosophy of Transparency. He supervises work on all aspects of critical theory, and has a particular interest in taking on doctoral projects involving contemporary French and Italian philosophy or Enlightenment studies. Other areas of interest include: European cinema, Scottish literature and culture, Irish literature, modernism and modernity, Beckett, Proust. He is also a member of the Critical Theory research group.

Maureen Freely, AB (Harvard) – Professor

Author of six novels (Mother’s Helper, The Life of the Party, The Stork Club, Under the Vulcania, The Other Rebecca, and - most recently - Enlightenment) as well as three works of non-fiction (Pandora's Clock, What About Us? An Open Letter to the Mothers Feminism Forgot, and The Parent Trap). Translator of five books by the Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk (Snow, The Black Book, Istanbul: Memories of a City, Other Colours and The Museum of Innocence), she is active in various campaigns to champion free expression. She also works with campaigns aiming to promote world literature in English translation. She has been a regular contributor to the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent and the Sunday Times for two decades, writing on feminism, family and social policy, Turkish culture and politics, and contemporary writing. She is also a member of the Post-colonial and World Literary Studies research group, the Translation, Theory and Practice research group, and the Creative Writing research group.

Gill Frith, BA (Oxford), MA, PhD (Warwick) – Emeritus

British women’s fiction (Victorian to contemporary); feminist literary theory and cultural theory. She is the author of “Dreams of Difference: Women and Fantasy” (1992) and of a number of essays on reading and gender. Her most recent publication is ‘Playing with Shawls: George Eliot’s Use of Corinne in The Mill on the Floss’ in George Eliot and Europe, ed. John Rignall (1997). She is currently completing a book on the representation of female friendship and national identity in nineteenth- and twentieth-century novels by British women writers.

Michael Gardiner, BA, MA (Oxford); MA (London); PhD (St. Andrews)

Works on twentieth-century cultural, literary, and political history, particularly relating to British or post-British questions of nation, empire, and constitutional negotiation. Also works on Euro-Japanese comparison, particularly in the long, post-1868, era of modernism. Books include The Cultural Roots of British Devolution, Modern Scottish Culture, Scottish Critical Theory Since 1960, Escalator, The Life of Thomas B. Glover, and the forthcoming The Return of England in English Literature, The Constitution of English Literature, Global Modernisms, and British and Japanese Modernism. On the editorial boards of Our Kingdom, IJSL, and Textual Practice. Welcomes research proposals in these areas. He is also a member of the Post-colonial and World Literary Studies research group and the Critical Theory research group.

Tony Howard, BA (Warwick), MA (Toronto) – Professor

Shakespeare in performance; contemporary British drama; and Polish poetry and theatre. He is the author of Shakespeare: Cinema: Hamlet (1993) and edited the accompanying video comparing filmed versions of the play. Women as Hamlet (2007) includes studies of the shifting relationship of culture and gender in Britain, America, Weimar Germany, Stalinist Russia, and Poland and East Germany during the fall of Communism. In the long term he plans a book on Shakespeare and the mass media. He co-edited, with John Stokes, Acts of War (1996), which explores the representation of military conflict in postwar British stage and television drama. He is also a member of the Shakespeare, Drama, and Performance research group, and the Translation, Theory and Practice research group.

Michael Hulse, MA (St Andrews) - Professor

His selected poems, Empires and Holy Lands: Poems 1976-2000, were published in 2002. The translator of some sixty books from the German (Goethe, Wassermann, Sebald, etc.), he is also a critic, has taught at universities in Germany and Switzerland, and has read, lectured, and conducted workshops and seminars worldwide. He co-edited the anthology The New Poetry, was general editor for several years of a literature classics series, established the poetry press Leviathan and recently the literary and arts magazine The Warwick Review. He is also a member of the Creative Writing research group.

Daniel Katz, BA (Reed), PhD (Stanford) - Professor

Modernism and post-modernism; psychoanalysis, philosophy, and critical theory; transatlantic literary studies; poetry, the lyric subject, and autobiographical constructions. Recent research has emphasized expatriation, translation, exoticism, multilingualism, and constructions of native and foreign in Samuel Beckett, Ezra Pound, Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and Jack Spicer, among others. His current research focuses on various twentieth-century elaborations of a poetics of interference. He is also a member of the Literature and Psychoanalysis research group, the Critical Theory research group, and the American Literature and Culture research group.

Nicholas Lawrence, BA (Harvard), MA, PhD (New York at Buffalo) - Associate Professor

American literature and culture from the nineteenth century to the present, especially within an international context; Hawthorne and Whitman; Marxism, the Frankfurt School and critical media theory; post-9/11 literary and graphic culture; contemporary innovative poetry and poetics. Recent work includes articles on Whitman, Hawthorne, Frank O'Hara, Ronald Johnson, and American gothic; current research focuses on the politics of metropolitan and international encounter in modern American poetry, public vs. private writing in nineteenth century America, and international relations in modernist poetics. He has edited a special feature on the work of Bruce Andrews for Jacket magazine and has co-edited a bilingual anthology of innovative North American poetry for the Casa de Letras in Havana. He is co-editor, with Marta Werner, of Ordinary Mysteries: The Common Journal of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne (American Philosophical Society). He is also a member of the American Literature and Culture research group.

Graeme Macdonald, MA [Jt Hons] (Aberdeen); PhD (Glasgow) - Associate Professor

Main research interests lie in the relationship between literature, sociology and anthropology from the nineteenth century to the present; naturalist fiction and theory; Scottish literature (especially contemporary); literary and cultural theory; literature, nationalism and citizenship. He is editor of Post Theory: New Directions in Criticism (EUP, 1999), has published recent articles on naturalist fiction, on the relationship between French and Scottish literature, and on James Kelman. He is currently preparing a monograph on James Kelman and, in the longer term, a major anthology on writing and social investigation, 1830-2000. He is also a member of the Critical Theory research group.

David Morley, BSc (Bristol) – Professor

Professor David Morley’s poetry has won fourteen writing awards and prizes including the Templar Poetry Prize, the Poetry Business Competition, an Arts Council of England Writer’s Award, an Eric Gregory Award, the Raymond Williams Prize and a Hawthornden Fellowship. His poetry collections include Releasing Stone (Nanholme 1989), Mandelstam Variations (Arc 1991), Clearing a Name (Arc 1997), Scientific Papers (Carcanet 2002), Ludus Coventriae (Prest Roots 2003), The Invisible Kings (Carcanet 2007), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and TLS Book of the Year), The Rose of the Moon (Templar Poetry Prize 2009), The Night of the Day (Nine Arches 2009) and Enchantment (Carcanet 2010, Sunday Telegraph Book of the Year). His poetry has featured in many anthologies and on London ’s Poems in the Underground. A new collection is forthcoming from Carcanet in 2013. He has also written Under the Rainbow: Writers and Artists in Schools (Bloodaxe 1991) and the best-selling Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing ( Cambridge University Press 2007). His work has been translated into many languages, including Arabic. As editor and co-editor his work includes the ‘A’ level set text The New Poetry (Bloodaxe 1993), Of Science (Worple 2000), The Gift (Stride 2002), Phoenix New Writing (Heaventree 2003), No Longer Poetry: New Romanian Poets (Heaventree 2006), Collected Poems of Geoffrey Holloway (Arrowhead Press 2007), The Voyage (Silkworms 2011) and The Cambridge Companion to Creative Writing (Cambridge University Press, 2012). David Morley is known for his pioneering ecological poetry installations within natural landscapes and the creation of ‘slow poetry’ sculptures and I-Cast poetry films. His ‘writing challenges’ podcasts are among the most popular literature downloads on iTunes worldwide: two episodes are preloaded on to all demo Macs used in Apple Stores across the globe. He writes essays, criticism and reviews for The Guardian, Poetry Review, Magma, Modern Poetry in Translation, PN Review and other leading journals. He has held a Distinguished Professorial Residency at Monash University and is Professor of Writing at Warwick University , where he is Director of the Warwick Writing Programme. He is also a member of the Creative Writing research group.

Jeremy Treglown, FRSL, MA, BLitt (Oxford), PhD (London) – Emeritus Professor

Current and recent work is linked by a concern with the relations between social history and high culture in the twentieth century, especially the practicalities of authorship and the nature of the ‘literary establishment’, and the impact of the Second World War on fiction. His books include V. S. Pritchett: A Working Life (Chatto & Windus, 2004), Romancing: The Life and Work of Henry Green (Faber, 2000), introductions to all of Green’s novels (Harvill 1991-98), and, with Deborah McVea, Contributors to ‘The Times Literary Supplement’, 1902-74: A Biographical Index, published online as part of the TLS Centenary Archive (, 2000). Jeremy Treglown was Editor of the TLS from 1981 to 1990. His other books include Roald Dahl: A Biography (Faber & Faber/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1994), an edited selection of the essays of Robert Louis Stevenson (Chatto & Windus/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1988) and an edition of the letters of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (Basil Blackwell/Chicago University Press, 1980). He is also a member of the Creative Writing research group.



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