Modernism and Modern Literature

The Glasgow Modernist cluster is one of the strongest concentrations of its kind in the UK, with one of the largest and most active postgraduate communities in the College of Arts.  The School played a founding role in the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies (SNOMS) (2008), which holds a regular programme of one-day conferences attracting international participants. We have hosted numerous major research events, including the SNOMS December 1910 Centenary Conference (2010), the inaugural conference for the British Association for Modernist Studies, which incorporated a public event on early cinema at the Glasgow Film Theatre. The School houses the Finnegans Wake Reading Group, which brings together a wide range of participants across and beyond the University for weekly discussions of this modernist masterpiece.

Other recent high-profile activities include special issues of the journals Modernist Cultures, Literature and History, and Textual Practice, edited by members of the cluster; the Contradictory Woolf conference (2011), which involved collaboration with Glasgow Women's Library and which confirmed the School’s status as a centre of excellence for Woolf studies; the Edwardian Ford Madox Ford Conference (2011); Jonathan Franzen and Contemporary Realisms (2013); and a conference marking the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of CLR James's Beyond a Boundary (2013). In collaboration with colleagues in Glasgow’s School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, the School hosted the AHRC-sponsored Values of Environmental Writing Research network (2010-11).

Glasgow Women’s Library
Socialist Theories and Networks
Values of Environmental Writing Research Network

Associated Staff:

Stephen Burn

Dr Stephen Burn

Reader in Post-1945 American Literature (English Literature)

Research interests: Cognition and the Novel, Contemporary Literature, Encyclopedic Novels, Experimental Fiction

John Coyle

Dr John Coyle

Senior Lecturer in English Literature (English Literature)

Research interests: Comparative Literature, Literature and Music, Joyce, Proust

Matthew Creasy

Dr Matthew Creasy

Lecturer in English and Irish Literature (English Literature)

Research interests: Decadence, Modernism, Translation, Irish Literature, Book History, Periodicals and Material Culture, Children's Literature

Maria-Daniella Dick

Dr Maria-Daniella Dick

Lecturer in Irish and Scottish Literature Post-1900 (English Literature)

Research interests: Network theory; Literature and Technology; Narratives of Capitalism; Interdisciplinarity; Formalism

Dimitra Fimi

Dr Dimitra Fimi

Lecturer in Fantasy and Children's Literature (English Literature)

Research interests: Fantasy Literature, Children's Literature, Children's Fantasy, J.R.R. Tolkien, Medievalism, Myth and Folklore, Invented Languages, Children's Literature, Science

Chris Gair

Dr Chris Gair

Senior Lecturer in American Literature and Culture (English Literature)

Research interests: Realism, Naturalism, Jack London, Mark Twain, Frank Norris, World's Columbian Exposition, White City, Charles Dickens

Corey Gibson

Dr Corey Gibson

Lecturer in 20th Century Scottish Literature (Scottish Literature)

Research interests: modern and contemporary Scottish poetry and fiction, radical theory, Marxist thought, folk culture, nationhood and nationalism, literatures of work, modernism,

Jane Goldman

Dr Jane Goldman

Reader in A vant-garde Poetics & Creative Writing (English Literature)

Research interests: poetry and poetics; literary theory; modernism/avant-garde; Virginia Woolf studies; gender, sexuality, feminism; queer; ut pictura poesis

Faye Hammill

Professor Faye Hammill

Professor in English Literature (English Literature)

Research interests: magazines and print culture; modernism and the middlebrow; Canadian studies

Colin Herd

Dr Colin Herd

Lecturer in Creative Writing (English Literature)

Research interests: Experimental poetry and poetics; Ekphrasis; Artist Books; Collaborative practice; Conceptual Writing; Language Writing; New York School aesthetics; Aleatory and ergodic forms; Creative Writing pedagogy; Sophistry and sophistics.

Vassiliki Kolocotroni

Dr Vassiliki Kolocotroni

Senior Lecturer in English Literature (English Literature)

Research interests: Twentieth Century Literature, Theory, Film

Willy Maley

Professor Willy Maley

Professor of Renaissance Studies (English Literature)

Research interests: Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton, Postcolonialism

Robert Maslen

Dr Robert Maslen

Senior Lecturer in English Literature (English Literature)

Research interests: Fantasy and the Fantastic, Early Modern Literature and Theatre

Gavin Miller

Dr Gavin Miller

Senior Lecturer in Medical Humanities (English Literature)

Research interests: Science Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Literature And Medicine, History Of Psychiatry, History Of Psychoanalysis, History Of Psychotherapy, History Of Psychology

Andrew Radford

Dr Andrew Radford

Senior Lecturer (English Literature)

Research interests: European Modernism, John Calder and Postwar Independent Publishing, Film adaptation, Creative Writing, Poetry and Politics of the 1930s, Ann Quin and the British Experimental Novel, Mystical and Cultural Geographies, Contemporary Literature

Bryony Randall

Dr Bryony Randall

Senior Lecturer in Twentieth-Century Literature (English Literature)

Research interests: Modernist literature (particularly women's writing); editing modernism; literature and the everyday; literary theory (particularly feminist and materialist approaches); literature and time; literature and work.

Laura Rattray

Dr Laura Rattray

Reader in North American Literature (post 1900) (English Literature)

Research interests: American, Modernism, gender, transatlantic, Hollywood, Wharton, Fitzgerald, 1920s, 1930s, women

Alan Riach

Professor Alan Riach

Professor of Scottish Literature (Scottish Literature)

Research interests: Literature and the Visual Arts

Mia Spiro

Dr Mia Spiro

Lecturer in Jewish Studies (Theology & Religious Studies)

Research interests: Jewish studies, Jewish authors, Holocaust studies, fascism and anti-fascism, literature and political resistance, British modernism, minority literature, British Jewish history, Scottish Jewish history, Israeli literature and culture, Yiddish literature, Yiddish theatre

Helen Stoddart

Dr Helen Stoddart

Senior Lecturer in Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Literature (English Literature)

Research interests: Architecture and Literature, Urban Literature, Film Studies, 21st Century Literature

Sophie Vlacos

Dr Sophie Vlacos

Lecturer in English Literature post 1900 (English Literature)

Research interests: twentieth-century literature, contemporary literature, continental philosophy, critical,

Rhys Williams

Dr Rhys Williams

Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow in Fantasy Literature (English Literature)

Research interests: Science Fiction, Fantasy, the Weird, Genre Theory, Utopianism, Radical Politics, Energy Humanities, Environmental Humanities, Radical Pedagogy,