Established research strengths across modern and contemporary writing Established research strengths across modern and contemporary writing

With over thirteen members of staff working in the area of modern and contemporary writing, this group includes a wide range of research interests. We have established research strengths in modernism, late modernism, contemporary writing, critical theory and poetry. Our work on twentieth-century and twenty-first century literature and culture has crystallized around a number of shared interests, including work on the philosophical and cognitive life of the poem, the ethical-legal and internationalist nature of writing, and the politics of fiction.

Group members 

Lyndsey Stonebridge is a Professor of Literature and Critical Theory. She has long-standing interests in psychoanalysis, modern literature, critical human rights and refugee studies. Her most recent book is The Judicial Imagination: Writing After Nuremburg (EUP, 2011) and she is currently working on a new book on writing and statelessness. 
Stephen Benson writes about modern and contemporary literature, and about aspects of music and sound, aesthetics, the theory and practice of creative-critical writing, and the folktale. He is the author of Cycles of Influence: Fiction, Folktale, Theory (2003) and Literary Music (2006), and the co-editor, with Clare Connors, of Creative Criticism: An Anthology and Guide (2014). He is a section editor for the Edinburgh Companion to Literature and Music, and is working on a volume of essays devoted to writing and the field recording.
Clare Connors is interested in intersections between literary and theoretical writing, particularly in the work of Jacques Derrida, Sigmund Freud, Elizabeth Bowen, Hélène Cixous and Eve Sedgwick. She is the author of Force from Nietzsche to Derrida (2010) and Literary Theory: A Beginner's Guide (2010) and co-editor, with Stephen Benson, of Creative Criticism: An Anthology and Guide (2014). She is currently writing about Derrida's poetics, and working on a longer-term project on the ethos of the novel as a form.
Thomas Karshan writes about modernist and post-1945 writers in Britain, Europe and America, with a focus on nonsense, play, ambiguity, and theoretical questions arising from modernism. His recent publications include Vladimir Nabokov and the Art of Play (2011), as well as his edition of Nabokov's Collected Poems and his co-translation of Nabokov's Tragedy of Mister Morn (both 2012). He is currently working on two books entitled Undelivered Letters and A Dictionary of Modern Life, and is co-editing a history of the literary essay from Montaigne to the present.

Holly Maples works on Irish theatre, immersive performance, dance theatre, and popular culture involving national and collective memory in times of social change. She is also involved in performance based research projects creating live dance theatre projects which examine diverse theoretical practices including psychoanalysis, neuroscience and behavioural psychology.  Her most recent book is Culture War: Conflict, Commemoration and the Contemporary Abbey Theatre.

Jeremy Noel-Tod
As well as being one of the UK's leading poetry reviewers, Jeremy Noel-Tod is also an academic expert on the history of poetry. He recently completed the new edition of the Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry (2013) and is currently working on a new project on the history of the prose poem. 
David Nowell Smith works in philosophical poetics. His first book is Sounding/Silence: Martin Heidegger at the Limits of Poetics (2013), and is co-editor of Modernist Legacies: Trends and Faultlines in British Poetry Today (2014). He is currently writing on the significance of voice for contemporary poetry and theory.
Professor Rachel Potter has long-standing interests in modernist writing, as well as wider questions of law and literary censorship. Her most recent book is Obscene Modernism: Literary Censorship and Experiment 1900-1940 (2013) and she is currently working on a project on modernist writers, writers' organisations and rights. 
Petra Rau writes about the cultural ramifications of military conflict, Anglo-German relations, and the history of travel and migration. Her most recent book is Our Nazis: Representations of Fascism in Contemporary Literature and Film (2013) and she is currently working on a new project on travel and migration. 

Professor Denise Riley is a poet and philosopher of language. Her books include The Words of Selves: Identification, Solidarity, Irony (2000), Impersonal Passion: Language as Affect (2005) and Time Lived, Without its Flow (2012). Denise's Selected Poems is published by Reality Street. ‘A Part Song' won the Forward Poetry Prize for Best Single Poem (2012).

Karen Schaller is a critical and creative writer specialising in theories and discourses of emotion, affect and feeling, especially in relation to deconstruction, the short story, and neglected writers. Her article ‘"I know it to be synthetic but it affects me strongly": ‘Dead Mabelle' and Bowen's Emotion Pictures' was published in Textual Practice in 2013. She is working on a book about emotion and Elizabeth Bowen's short stories.
Matthew Taunton research addresses the intersection of literature and politics in the twentieth century. His first book, Fictions of the City: Class, Culture and Mass Housing in London and Paris (2009) explores literary and cinematic responses to the development of mass housing in London and Paris. He is currently working on a book which traces the cultural resonances of the Russian Revolution and its subsequent stages in British literature and culture, with thematic chapters on sex, mathematics, the future, law, and religion. 
James Wilkes (Post-Doctoral Fellow)