Biography

Rachel completed her PhD at King's College, Cambridge, where she also studied for her undergraduate degree.  Prior to her PhD she took the MA in 'Critical Theory' at the University of Sussex. Before joining UEA in September, 2007, she taught for seven years at Queen Mary, University of London.

 

She has supervised a large number of PhD students on a wide range of topics connected to modernist literature and culture, as well as literary censorship and freedom of speech.

 

All Publications

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Potter, R.

(2018)

International PEN: Writers, free expression, organisations,

in A History of 1930s British Literature .

Cambridge University Press

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Potter, R.

(2016)

Literature knows no frontiers: Modernism and free speech,

in Moving Modernisms : Motion, Technology, and Modernity.

Oxford University Press, Canada

ISBN 9780198714170

Full Text

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Potter, R.

(2015)

Gender and Obscenity in The Waste Land,

in The Cambridge Companion to The Waste Land.

Cambridge University Press

pp. 133-146

ISBN 9781107672574

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Potter, R., Stonebridge, L.

(2014)

Writing and Rights,

in Critical Quarterly

56

(4)

article no. 1

pp. 1-16

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Potter, R.

(2014)

Worldly Exile: Mina Loy's 'Anglo-Mongrels and the Rose',

in Jewish Women Writers in Britain.

Wayne State University Press

pp. 66-80

ISBN 978-0-8143-3238-2

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Potter, R.

(2014)

H. G. Wells and PEN,

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Bradshaw, D. (ed.), Potter, R. (ed.)

(2013)

Prudes on the Prowl: Fiction and Obscenity in England, 1850 to the Present Day,

Oxford University Press

ISBN 9780199697564

Full Text UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Potter, R.

(2013)

Modernist Rights: International PEN 1921-1936,

in Critical Quarterly

55

(2)

pp. 66-80

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Potter, R.

(2013)

Obscene Modernism: Literary Censorship and Experiment, 1900-1942,

Oxford University Press

ISBN 978-0-19-968098-6

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Potter, R.

(2013)

Djuna Barnes's Nightwood and Disqualification,

in Affirmations: of the Modern

1

(1)

pp. 178-195

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Potter, R.

(2012)

Modernist Literature,

Edinburgh University Press

ISBN 9780748634323, 9780748634316

Full Text UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Potter, R.

(2011)

Censorship,

in T.S. Eliot in Context.

Cambridge University Press

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Potter, R.

(2010)

Obscene Modernism and The Wandering Jew: Mina Loy's "Anglo-Mongrels and the Rose",

in The Salt Companion to Mina Loy.

Salt Publishers

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Potter, R., Hobson, S., Potter, R. (ed.), Hobson, S. (ed.)

(2010)

The Salt Companion to Mina Loy,

Salt Publishers

ISBN 9781876857721

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Potter, R.

(2009)

Obscene modernism and the trade in salacious books,

in Modernism/modernity

16

(1)

pp. 87-104

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Potter, R.

(2006)

Modernism and Democracy: Literary Culture 1900-1930,

Oxford University Press

ISBN 0199273936

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Potter, R.

(2004)

'Can my daughter of 17 read this book?' Ulysses and obscenity,

in Critical Quarterly

46

(4)

pp. 22-37

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Potter, R.

(2004)

T.S. Eliot, women and democracy,

in Gender, Desire, and Sexuality in T. S. Eliot.

Cambridge University Press

pp. 215-233

ISBN 0521806887

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Potter, R., Trotter, D., Potter, R. (ed.), Trotter, D. (ed.)

(2004)

Special Issue, ‘Low Modernism’, Critical Quarterly, 46.4 (Winter 2004),

Unkown Publisher

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Potter, R.

(2002)

Modernism and democracy: a reconsideration,

in Critical Quarterly

44

(2)

pp. 1-16

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


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Key Research Interests

Anglo-American modernist literature; early twentieth century cultural history; modernism and censorship; free speech.

Rachel Potter’s main research interests lie in the areas of modernist literature and early twentieth-century culture. She is the author of Obscene Modernism: Literary Censorship and Experiment 1900-1940 (OUP, 2013), The Edinburgh Guide to Modernist Literature (EUP, 2012), and Modernism and Democracy: Literary Culture 1900-1930 (OUP, 2006). She has also co-edited Prudes on the Prowl: Fiction and Obscenity in England 1850-the present (OUP, 2013) and The Salt Companion to Mina Loy (Salt, 2010), as well as three special editions of Critical Quarterly. Her new research project is a study of literature, internationalism and free speech 1921-1948, with a particular focus on the role of non-governmental writers' organisation, International P.E.N..

 

Research Group Membership

Rachel co-founded and co-directs the Writing and Rights Project at the University of East Anglia. In the past, she helped run the Modernism Seminar in London for seven years, as well as organising the associated Modernist conferences. She also organised a conference on Mina Loy in 2000.

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Rachel is on the editorial board of Textual Practice.
  • She has peer-reviewed manuscripts for the following publishers: Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Blackwell Press, and Palgrave Macmillan.
  • She has peer-reviewed essays for the following journals: Textual Practice, Modernism/modernity, Studies in Fiction, Women: A Cultural Review, Review of English StudiesEnglish and Literature Compass.
  • She has peer-reviewed for the following grant-awarding bodies: Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, National University of Ireland.
  • She has reviewed for Modernism/modernity, Textual Practice and for the British Society for Literature and Science online journal.
  • She has acted as an external examiner for PhDs at the following Universities: Oxford University, Cambridge University, Sussex University and Queen Mary, University of London.
  • She is external examiner for undergraduate programmes at Birkbeck, University of London and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland.
  • She has delivered conference plenary lectures and panels at the following conferences: 'Forbidden Access', Senate House, 6-7 November 2014; 'Moving Modernisms', Oxford University March 2012; 'Transgression and Its Limits', Stirling University, May 2010.
  • Rachel was a co-organiser of The Modernism Seminar at the Institute for English Studies, University of London from 1997-2004
  • She co-organised, with Tim Armstrong, a one-day conference on the modernist poet, Mina Loy, at the Institute for English Studies, University of London, 2000 and the international conference, Modernism in History/History in Modernism, held at the University of Cambridge, June 1999.
  • She appeared in 'Wogan on Wodehouse' which aired on BBC 2 in September 2011.

Key Responsibilities

2012-2014: Deputy Head of School

2011-2012: Associate Dean for Admissions in HUM Faculty