Dr Nathan Waddell BA, MPhil, PhD, PGCHE, FHEA

Photograph of Dr Nathan Waddell

Department of English Literature
Senior Lecturer in Early Twentieth-Century and Modernist Literature

Contact details

Arts Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I’m a Senior Lecturer in Birmingham’s Department of English Literature, where I've worked since October 2017. Between 2012 and 2017 I worked in the School of English at the University of Nottingham. My research focuses on literary modernism (especially the life, work, and controversies of the painter and writer Wyndham Lewis, 1882-1957) and on musico-literary relations.


In the 2017-18 academic year I’ll be teaching and lecturing on the following modules at Birmingham: ‘Prose’, ‘Making it New: Modernism and Literary Innovation in the Early Twentieth Century’, and ‘The Modernist Novel’.


For the foreseeable future I’ll be concentrating on three publications:

  • a monograph about Beethoven and literary modernism, for Oxford University Press;
  • a scholarly edition of Wyndham Lewis’s novel Snooty Baronet (1932), for Oxford University Press;
  • a monograph about Lewis and twentieth-century politics, for Princeton University Press.

Other activities

A lot of my professional activity is concerned with supporting the scholars who research the life and work of the modernist painter and writer Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957). I am current Chairperson of the Wyndham Lewis Society; co-editor of The Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies; and a member of the Editorial Board of the Wyndham Lewis Complete Critical Edition commissioned by Oxford University Press. As of 2017 I have been a trustee of the Wyndham Lewis Memorial Trust, a registered charity which promotes the study and preservation of Lewis's output.


  • H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds and the Crimson Map of Empire’, emagazine: The Magazine for Advanced Level English, 80 (April 2018): 20-22
  • ‘Modernism and Music: A Review of Recent Scholarship’, Modernist Cultures, 12.2 (Spring 2017): 316-30
  • ‘Signs of the T: Aldous Huxley, High Art, and American Technocracy’, in Jonathan Greenberg and Nathan Waddell (eds), ‘Brave New World’: Contexts and Legacies (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016): 31-49
  • ‘Lawrence Atkinson, Sculpture, and Vorticist Multimediality’, Modernism/modernity Print Plus, 1.3 (September 2016): n.p.
  • BLAST (1914-15)’, in Stephen Ross (ed.), Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (Routledge, 2016): online
  • ‘Lewis and Fascism’, in Tyrus Miller (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Wyndham Lewis (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016): 87-99
  • ‘Lewis and Politics’, in Andrzej Gąsiorek and Nathan Waddell (eds), Wyndham Lewis: A Critical Guide (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015): 128-42
  • -‘Wyndham Lewis’s “Very Bad Thing”: Jazz, Inter-War Culture, and The Apes of God’, Modernist Cultures, 8.1 (Spring 2013): 61-81
  • ‘Providing Ridicule: Wyndham Lewis and Satire in the Postwar-to-end-war World’, in Alice Reeve-Tucker and Nathan Waddell (eds), Utopianism, Modernism, and Literature in the Twentieth Century (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013): 56-73
  • ‘Bohemian Retrospects: Ford Madox Ford, Post-War Memory, and the Cabaret Theatre Club’, in Kate McLoughlin (ed.), The Modernist Party (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013): 192-209
  • (ed. with Kate Macdonald), John Buchan and the Idea of Modernity (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2013)
  • ‘Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight: An Unacknowledged Adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent?’, Adaptation, 6.1 (February 2013): 43-59
  • ‘John Buchan’s Amicable Anti-Modernism’, The Journal of Modern Literature, 35.2 (Winter 2012): 64-82
  • Modernist Nowheres: Politics and Utopia in Early Modernist Writing, 1900-1920 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
  • ‘Technocracy and the Fordian Arts: America, The American Mercury, and Music in the 1930s’, in Sara Haslam and Seamus O’Malley (eds), Ford Madox Ford and America, International Ford Madox Ford Studies Vol. 11 (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012): 167-80
  • (with Alice Reeve-Tucker), ‘Wyndham Lewis, Evelyn Waugh, and Inter-War British Youth: Conflict and Infantilism’, in Andrzej Gąsiorek, Alice Reeve-Tucker, and Nathan Waddell (eds), Wyndham Lewis and the Cultures of Modernity (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011): 163-82
  • ‘Modernist Coteries and Communities’, in Peter Brooker, Andrzej Gąsiorek, Deborah Longworth, and Andrew Thacker (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010): 740-61
  • ‘Buchan and the Pacifists’, in Kate Macdonald (ed.), Reassessing John Buchan: Beyond ‘The Thirty-Nine Steps’ (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2009): 91-101
  • Modern John Buchan: A Critical Introduction (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009)
  • 'Pathology in John Buchan’s The Thirty-Nine Steps’, The Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language, 1.2 (2008): 4-11