Hannah Comer

Hannah Comer

Department of English Literature
Doctoral researcher

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Phd title: The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy in Modernist Literature
Supervisors: Professor John Holmes and Professor Andrzej Gasiorek
PhD English Literature


My research explores how Modernist writers and artists engage with the legacy of Pre-Raphaelitism and the works of late nineteenth-century figures associated with the movement, including William Morris, John Ruskin and Algernon Swinburne. My project focuses on W.B. Yeats, D. H. Lawrence and David Jones; as important figures of Modernist literature, they develop a twentieth-century Romantic Modernism inspired by nineteenth-century Romanticism, Pre-Raphaelitism, and Morris’s later Arts and Crafts and Socialist movements. Both the Pre-Raphaelite and the Modernist writers examined in this project were also artists, and my research looks at the interdisciplinary nature of their work and their wider involvement within the arts, society, and politics.