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Department of English and Modern Languages
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Headington Campus T4.10
I studied for my BA at the University of York and for my MA at the University of Leeds. My PhD on 'Mina Loy’s Modernist Aesthetic’ was awarded at the University of Leeds. My teaching career has taken me from Leeds to Falmouth University in Cornwall before arriving at Oxford Brookes University in 2002. I teach primarily on modernism, women's writing, technology, American literature and culture, and on twentieth-century literature. From 2014-2020 I was on the Executive Committee of the British Association for Modernist Studies.
I am currently supervising PhD students working on technology, the avant-garde and the everyday, the fiction of Louis Golding, Getrude Stein and the Prose Poem, and hypertext performance. I have previously supervised PhDs on modernism and dance, diasporic modern poetry, Hart Crane, space and subjectivity in 1950s American Literature, modern and contemporary American Poetry, Edgar Allan Poe, technology and contemporary American Fiction, masculinity and contemporary culture, and Arab women's writing.
I work in the field of modernist studies, technology and literature and on American literature and culture. I have published books and articles on Mina Loy, Djuna Barnes, Gertrude Stein, American Modernism, New York Dada, technology and literature, jewish writing, contemporary poetry, modernist drama, and radio.
The Edinburgh Companion to Modernism and Technology - co-edited with Ian Whittington
Reading Black Mirror - co-edited with Antonia Mackay
Of Women and Other Animals: Twentieth-century Women's Poetry and the Non-Human Turn
In the years before, and at the outbreak of, the Second World War radio drama on the BBC emerged as a genre through which particular questions about nation, home, decency and morality were articulated. At the same time listener research developed, under the auspices of Reith's BBC, as a vehicle for understanding the preferences, habits and situations of the radio audience. Drama and Features were the first areas of radio output subject to targeted research. The reports that were produced by the BBC Listener Research Section provide an invaluable picture both of the nature and responses of specific communities of listener, and of how the radio listener her/himself was conceived. Such evidence can be usefully analysed alongside the types of drama that were developed and broadcast during this period. This essay examines the different kinds of listening subjects there were for radio drama in Britain in the 1930s and early 1940s, how they intersected with contemporary conceptions of the listener, and what situations (both private and political) came to be meaningful in the event of listening.
I studied for my BA at the University of York and for my MA at the University of Leeds. My PhD on 'Mina Loy’s Modernist Aesthetic’ was awarded at the University of Leeds in 1997. My teaching career has taken me from Leeds to Falmouth University in Cornwall before arriving at Oxford Brookes University in 2002. I teach primarily on modernism, technology, American literature and culture, and on twentieth-century literature. I am on the Executive Committee of the British Association for Modernist Studies.