Centre members 

participants at the Wyndham Lewis workshop organised by the Centre for Modernist Cultures

Co-directors of the Centre

Dr Chris Mourant

Dr Chris Mourant

Lecturer in Early Twentieth-Century English Literature
Co-Director of the Centre for Modernist Cultures

Department of English Literature

My research focuses on early twentieth-century literature, with particular emphasis on modernism, print cultures, networks of influence, gender, and short fiction.

Dr Nathan Waddell

Dr Nathan Waddell

Senior Lecturer in Early Twentieth-Century and Modernist Literature

Department of English Literature

I teach and research early twentieth-century literature, with a core emphasis on the life, work, and controversies of the painter and writer Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957). All of my research is collaborative—with students, postdoctoral scholars, university administrators, and individuals based outside of higher education—and I seek always to make my teaching similarly reciprocal, treating ...

Academic staff

Dr Rona Cran

Dr Rona Cran

Lecturer in Twentieth-Century American Literature
Co-Director of American and Canadian Studies Centre

Department of English Literature

My teaching and research focusses on the literature and culture of twentieth-century North America, with a particular emphasis on collage, networks of influence, and the poetry and art of New York City.

Dr Eleanor Dobson

Dr Eleanor Dobson

Lecturer in Nineteenth Century Literature

Department of English Literature

My current work focuses on the reception of ancient Egypt in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. More broadly, I am interested in the materiality and history of the book, as well as notions of the supernatural and the occult, particularly as these ideas operate at the edges of a range of scientific discourses. I teach literature from the late eighteenth century to the present, with particular ...

Dr John Fagg

Dr John Fagg

Senior Lecturer in American Literature and Cultures

Department of English Literature

My work focuses on American art and literature and visual art in the early twentieth century and explores the ways in which cultural forms adapted to the new circumstances of American modernity.

Dr Rex Ferguson

Dr Rex Ferguson

Senior Lecturer in Modern Literature

Department of English Literature

I joined the University of Birmingham in 2011 as a lecturer in Modern Literature, having previously taught and studied at the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. My research focuses on the intersection between literature, law and philosophy from the early twentieth century onwards.

Professor Andrzej Gasiorek

Professor Andrzej Gasiorek

Professor of Twentieth Century Literature
Head of College of Arts and Law

Department of English Literature

My research concentrates mainly on twentieth-century British literature, with a particular focus on modernism. I’ve published widely in this area. Key publications include such monographs as Postwar British Fiction: Realism and After (1995), Wyndham Lewis and Modernism (2003), J. G. Ballard (2005), and, most recently, A History of Modernist Literature(2015), as well as a number of ...

Professor Alexandra Harris

Professor Alexandra Harris

Birmingham Professorial Fellow

Department of English Literature

I enjoy thinking and writing about British art and literature of all periods, especially in relation to landscape, locality and the presence of the past. I am the author of ‘Romantic Moderns’ and ‘Weatherland: Writers and Artists under English Skies’, and my current projects include work on Virginia Woolf; seasonal ceremony and the marking of time; antiquarianism and local ...

Dr Oliver Herford

Dr Oliver Herford

Birmingham Fellow

Department of English Literature

I work on British and American literature of the long nineteenth century, with a special focus on the late writings of Henry James. I am interested in the place of style in literary non-fiction, the practice of editing, and the relations between personal correspondence and other types of life-writing (autobiography, biography, and memoir). I teach widely across eighteenth-, nineteenth- and ...

Professor David James

Professor David James

Professorial Research Fellow

Department of English Literature

My research and teaching areas span twentieth- and twenty-first-century writing, with a particular focus on the history and theory of the novel. Most recently, I’ve been working on the politics and poetics of affect in contemporary fiction and life-writing, combining my interests in the history of emotions, disability studies, and narrative medicine.

Professor Deborah Longworth

Professor Deborah Longworth

Professor of English Literature
Head of English Literature
Deputy Head of School of English, Drama and Creative Studies

Department of English Literature

I joined the University of Birmingham in 1998, having received my PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, with a thesis on women, the city and the concept of the flâneusein nineteenth and twentieth-century English and American literature. Previously I studied at the University of Reading, where I took a BA in English Literature & Philosophy, and the MA Literature and the ...

Dr Rebecca N Mitchell

Dr Rebecca N Mitchell

Reader in Victorian Literature and Culture
Head of Research, EDACS

Department of English Literature

My scholarship focuses on Victorian literature and culture broadly defined, and I’m especially intrigued by the study and depiction of the creative process, the self/other relationship, and the textual/visual interface; these interests also drive my work in textual editing. I teach across the long nineteenth century.

Dr Daniel Moore

Dr Daniel Moore

Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature

Department of English Literature

I work on nineteenth and twentieth century literature and visual culture. I have published work on Henry James, Ford Madox Ford, Vernon Lee, Walter Pater and a range of other late Victorian and modernist art and literature.

Dr Rebecca Roach

Dr Rebecca Roach

Lecturer in Contemporary Literature

Department of English Literature

My teaching and research focuses on 20th and 21st century literature and culture across the Anglophone world, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between literature, media and book history.

Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge

Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge

Interdisciplinary Chair
Professor of Humanities and Human Rights

Department of English Literature

Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge’s work focuses on twentieth-century and contemporary literature and history, Human Rights, and Refugee Studies, drawing on the interdisciplinary connections between literature, history, politics, law and social policy. Her work has long been concerned with effects of modern violence on the mind in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries (The Destructive Element

Dr Will Tattersdill

Dr Will Tattersdill

Senior Lecturer in Popular Literature

Department of English Literature

I’m interested in the relationship between literature and science, especially as it is figured in popular culture from the nineteenth century to the present. My current work is on the social history of dinosaurs over this period.

Dr Emma West

Dr Emma West

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of English Literature

My research examines the relationship between modernism and popular culture in early- and mid-twentieth century Britain. My current project, Revolutionary Red Tape, examines how public servants and official committees helped to commission, disseminate and popularise modern British art, design, literature and culture.

Doctoral researchers