Professor Andrzej Gasiorek BA, PhD

Photograph of Professor Andrzej Gasiorek

Department of English Literature
Professor of Twentieth Century Literature
Head of School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies

Contact details

Address
Arts Building
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

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 co-edited collections, among them T. E. Hulme and the Question of Modernism (with Edward Comentale, 2006), Ford Madox Ford: Literary Networks and Cultural Transformations (with Dan Moore), The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms (with Peter Brooker, Deborah Longworth, and Andrew Thacker, 2010), The Oxford History of the Novel in English Vol. 4: The Reinvention of the British Novel 1880-1940 (with Patrick Parrinder, 2011), Wyndham Lewis and the Cultures of Modernity (with Alice Reeve-Tucker and Nathan Waddell, 2011), and Wyndham Lewis: A Critical Guide (with Nathan Waddell, 2015).

Qualifications

  • BA in English Literature (Sussex University)
  • PhD in English Literature, McGill University

Biography

I began my career at the University of East Anglia, where I worked for three years. I have been at the University of Birmingham since 1993. I was Head of the Department of English Literature between 2013-16 and currently am the Head of the School of English, Drama and American and Canadian Studies.

Teaching

I have taught and convened undergraduate and postgraduate modules across the whole range of English literature, although the bulk of my teaching lies in the nineteenth and twentieth century.

Modules taught include: Literature Foundation; Literary Theory; Independent Study and Dissertation Preparation; Literature and Change; 19th & 20thC Literature; Critical Theory; Texts and Contexts; Literature and Aesthetics; Critical Practice; Contemporary Fiction; Joseph Conrad; Conrad and Ford; Henry James; Hardy and Lawrence; Literary Modernism; Making it New; Literature and Politics in the 1930s; Modernist Fiction and Ethics.

Postgraduate supervision

I am interested in supervising topics on twentieth-century British literature, but especially in the area of modernism, with a particular focus on Wyndham Lewis.


Find out more - our PhD English Literature  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.

Research

I’m primarily a scholar of modernist literature and have published widely in this area. My work as Head of School means that time for research is restricted at present. I’m currently working on the Oxford University Press edition of the collected works of Wyndham Lewis, with the aim of editing a volume titled Writings on Art: 1913-29.

Other activities

Head of School, EDACS

Publications

Monographs

  • Andrzej Gąsiorek, A History of Modernist Literature (Oxford: Blackwell, 2015) 
  • Andrzej Gąsiorek, J. G. Ballard (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2005)
  • Andrzej Gąsiorek, Wyndham Lewis and Modernism (Northcote House/British Council, 2003)
  • Andrzej Gąsiorek, Postwar British Fiction: Realism and After (London: Edward Arnold, 1995)

Edited books

  • Andrzej Gąsiorek and Nathan Waddell, eds. Wyndham Lewis: A Critical Guide (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015).
  • Andrzej Gąsiorek, Alice Reeve-Tucker and Nathan Waddell, eds. Wyndham Lewis and the Cultures of Modernity eds (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011).
  • Andrzej Gąsiorek and Patrick Parrinder, eds. The Oxford History of the Novel in English Vol. 4: The Reinvention of the British Novel 1880-1940 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).
  • Peter Brooker, Andrzej Gąsiorek, Deborah Parsons, Andrew Thacker, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).
  • Ford Madox Ford: Literary Networks and Cultural Transformations eds. Andrzej Gasiorek and Daniel Moore International Ford Madox Ford Studies 7 (Amsterdam – New York: Rodopi, 2008).
  • T. E. Hulme and the Question of Modernism eds. Andrzej Gasiorek and Edward P. Comentale (Ashgate, 2006).

Articles and book chapters

  • Andrzej Gąsiorek, ‘“A Language Worth the Trouble of Learning”: Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc’ in A Modernist Cinema, eds Scott Klein and Michael Valdez Moses (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2019). 
  • Andrzej Gąsiorek, “‘(The Knocking) Has Never Stopped’: Jean Rhys’s (Post)colonial Modernism’ in Modernism and Postcolonialism: Anglophone Literature, 1958 to the Present, eds Richard Begam and Michael Valdez Moses (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019).
  • ‘“Words Without Reason”: State Power and the Moral Life  in Brave New World’, in Brave New World: Contexts and Legacies ed. Nathan Waddell and Jonathan Greenberg (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
  • Andrzej Gąsiorek, ‘Art and Its Others: Aesthetics as Politics’ in The Cambridge History of Modernism, ed. Vincent Sherry (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016): 442-456.
  • Andrzej Gąsiorek, ‘Wyndham Lewis and the Critique of Modernism’, The Cambridge Companion to Wyndham Lewis, ed. Tyrus Miller (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016): 32-43.
  • Andrzej , Gąsiorek ‘Lewis and Technology’ in Andrzej Gasiorek and Nathan Waddell, eds, Wyndham Lewis: A Critical Guide (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015): 159-172.
  • Andrzej Gąsiorek, ‘Ford and Politics’ in Ford Madox Ford: An Introduction, eds Ashley Chantler and Rob Hawkes (Amsterdam, Rodopi, 2015): 189-200.
  • Andrzej Gąsiorek and David James, ‘Introduction: Fiction since 2000: Postmillennial Commitments’ in Contemporary Literature (Winter 2012) 53: 609-627.
  • Andrzej Gąsiorek, ‘Michael Chabon, Howard Jacobson, and Post-Holocaust Fiction’ in Contemporary Literature (Winter 2012) 53: 875-903.
  • Andrzej Gąsiorek, ‘Exiles: the transatlantic review (1924) and The Exile (1927-8)’, in The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines: Vol. II: North America 1894-1960, eds, Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker (Oxford University Press, 2012): 697-717. 
  • Andrzej Gąsiorek, ‘Wyndham Lewis on Art, Culture and Politics in the 1930s’ in Wyndham Lewis and the Cultures of Modernity eds Andrzej Gasiorek, Alice Reeve-Tucker and Nathan Waddell (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011): 201-222.
  • Andrzej Gąsiorek, ‘Modernism’s Persistence: E. M. Forster, Zadie Smith, and the Alchemy of Beauty’ in David James, ed, Legacies of Modernism: Historicizing Contemporary Fiction (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011).
  • Andrzej Gąsiorek, ‘Inside and Outside the Whale’, in The Oxford History of the Novel in English Vol. 4: The Reinvention of the British Novel 1880-1940 eds, Andrzej Gasiorek and Patrick Parrinder (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011): 571-587.
  • Andrzej Gąsiorek, ‘Lewis and Politics’ in Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957) (Madrid: Fundacion Juan March, 2010): 66-75. 
  • Andrzej Gąsiorek, ‘Editing the transatlantic review: Literary Magazines and the Public Sphere’ in Jason Harding, ed., International Ford Madox Ford Studies 9: Ford Madox Ford: Modernist Magazines and Editing (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010): 197-214.
  • Andrzej Gąsiorek, ‘Class Positions’, in The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms eds, Peter Brooker, Andrzej Gasiorek, Deborah Parsons, Andrew Thacker (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010): 178-198. 
  • Andrzej Gąsiorek,  ‘Postmodernisms of English Fiction’, in The Cambridge Companion to the Twentieth-Century English Novel ed., Robert Caserio (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009): 192-209.
  • ‘Transitions, Continuities, Networks, Nuclei’, in Ford Madox Ford: Literary Networks and Cultural Transformations eds. Andrzej Gasiorek and Daniel Moore International Ford Madox Ford Studies 7 (Amsterdam – New York: Rodopi, 2008): 13-28. 
  • ‘The Call of the Human’, in The Reader No. 29 (Spring 2008): 120-124.
  • ‘The Magazine as Weapon: BLAST (1914-15), in Modernist Magazines: A Critical and Cultural History Vol. 1, eds, Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker (Oxford University Press, 2008).
  • ‘Modernism and Postmodernism’ (with Peter Boxall), in The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory Vol. 16 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008): 50-90.
  • ‘“Content to be Superseded”? Ford in the Great London Vortext’ in Ford Madox Ford: Literary Networks and Cultural Transformations eds. Andrzej Gasiorek and Daniel Moore International Ford Madox Ford Studies 7 (Amsterdam – New York: Rodopi, 2008): 81-104.
  • ‘The Short Fiction of V. S. Pritchett’, in A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story eds, Cheryl Alexander Malcolm and David Malcolm (Oxford: Blackwell, 2008): 423-430.
  • ‘War, Primitivism, and the Future of “the West”: Lawrence and Lewis in the 1920s’, in Modernism and Colonialism: British and Irish Literature, 1900-1939, eds Richard Begam and Michael Valdez Moses (North Carolina: Duke University Press, 2007): 91-110.
  • ‘Rendering Justice to the Visible World: History, Politics and National Identity in the Novels of Graham Greene ’, in British Fiction After Modernism eds Marina MacKay and Lyndsey Stonebridge (Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007): 17-32.
  • ‘Modernism and Postmodernism’ (with Peter Boxall), in The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory Vol. 15 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007): 51-78.
  • ‘Introduction: On the Significance of a Hulmean Modernism’ co-writen with Edward Comentale in T. E. Hulme and the Question of Modernism, eds Edward P. Comentale and Andrzej Gasiorek (Ashgate, 2006).
  • ‘Towards a Right Theory of Society’? Religion, Politics, and Machine Aesthetics’ in T. E. Hulme and the Question of Modernism, eds Edward P. Comentale and Andrzej Gasiorek (Ashgate, 2006).
  • ‘Ford Among the Aliens’, International Ford Madox Ford Studies (Amsterdam – New York, NY: Rodopi, 2006): 63-82.
  • ‘Modernism and Postmodernism’ (with Peter Boxall), in The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory Vol. 15 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006).
  • ‘Wyndham Lewis’s Tarr’, in A Companion to Modernist Literature and Culture eds David Bradshaw and Kevin J. H. Dettmar (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005).
  • ‘Refugees from Time: History, Death and the Flight from Reality in Contemporary Writing’, in British Fiction of the 1990s, ed. Nick Bentley (London: Routledge, 2005): 42-56.
  • ‘J. G. Ballard’ in the Dictionary of Literary Biography: British and Irish Short Fiction, 1945-2000, Vol. 319, eds Cheryl Alexander and David Malcolm (Thomson Gale: Michigan, 2006): 3-11.
  • ‘The Politics of Antinomianism: Orwell, the Everyday, and the Dream of a Common Culture’ in George Orwell: A Centenary Celebration eds, Annette Gomis and Susana Onega (Universitatsverlag Winter: Heidelberg, 2005): 99-120.
  • ‘”Architecture or Revolution”? Le Corbusier and Wyndham Lewis’ Geographies of Modernism: Literatures, Cultures, Spaces eds, Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker (London: Routledge, 2005).
  • The New Age, Vol. 23 (May 1918 to October 1918)’, online edition of volume 23 with accompanying essay for the Modernist Journals Project (Brown University).
  • ‘”In the Mirror of the Arts”: Ford’s Modernism and the Reconstruction of Post-war Literary Culture’ History and Representation in Ford Madox Ford’s Writings ed., Joseph Wiesenfarth, International Ford Madox Ford Studies 3 (Amsterdam – New York, NY: Rodopi, 2004): 201-18.
  • ‘”Ju-Jitsu for the Governed”?: Wyndham Lewis and the Question of Power’ Wyndham Lewis Annual (2001): 30-50.
  • ‘The Politics of Cultural Nostalgia: History and Tradition in Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s EndLiterature and History, Special Issue Wartime Refractions (Autumn 2002) 11. 2: 52-77.
  • ‘Ford Madox Ford’s Modernism and the Question of Tradition’ English Literature in Transition 44. 1. January 2001: 3-27.
  • ‘Wyndham Lewis’ The Literary Encyclopedia and Literary Dictionary ed. Robert Clark (http://www.literarydictionary.com ) (2000).
  • ‘“The Cavemen of the New Wilderness”: Wyndham Lewis on the Self in Modernity’ Wyndham Lewis Annual 1999. 6: 3-20.
  • ‘God and the Novelists: D. H. Lawrence’ The Expository Times 110. 8 (May 1999): 241-246.
  • ‘”To Season with a Pinch of Romance”:  Ethics and Politics in Lord JimThe Conradian (Special Issue on Conrad and Theory) eds Andrew Gibson and Robert Hampson (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1998): 75-112.
  • ‘God and the Novelists: Joseph Conrad’ The Expository Times110. 2(November 1998): 37-42.
  • ‘Resisting Postmodernism: The Parodic Mode of Angus Wilson’s No Laughing MatterEnglish Studies in Canada 19. 1 (March 1993): 45-62.