Who we are

The Executive Steering Committee for 2020 is as follows:

Rebecca Bowler (Keele University): Secretary
Rebecca Bowler is Lecturer in Twentieth-Century English Literature at Keele University. She was awarded her PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2013, and then held a Research Assistant post (British Academy funded) and Research Associate PostDoc (AHRC funded) at Keele University, working on the Dorothy Richardson Scholarly Editions Project (OUP). She has held her current lectureship since 2016. She is the author of Literary Impressionism: Vision and Memory in Dorothy Richardson, Ford Madox Ford, H.D., and May Sinclair (2016) and co-edited the edited collection May Sinclair: Re-Thinking Bodies and Minds (2017). She is a co-founder of the May Sinclair Society and General Editor on the forthcoming Edinburgh Critical Editions of the Works of May Sinclair (EUP). Her next monograph project is Modernist Wellness: Transatlantic Literary Dietetics. She is on the organising team of the recently rebooted Northern Modernism Seminar programme, the fisrt of which she recently hosted at Keele.

Andrew Frayn (Edinburgh Napier University): Web Officer

Andrew Frayn is Lecturer in Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture at Edinburgh Napier University, where he is also Programme Leader for the BA(Hons) English degree.  Key publications include Writing Disenchantment: British First World War Prose 1914-30 (2014), along with special issues of Modernist Cultures (12.1, 2017) and the Journal of War and Culture Studies (11.3, 2018).  He has published extensively on the First World War and modernist studies, particularly on Richard Aldington and Ford Madox Ford.  As well as continuing to write on First World War literature, he is working on projects about late style and late modernism, and the Cumbrian poet Norman Nicholson.

Cleo Hanaway-Oakley
(University of Bristol): Membership Secretary
Cleo Hanaway-Oakley is Lecturer in Liberal Arts and English at the University of Bristol. Her research explores ideas of embodiment and subjectivity through considering the interrelations and intersections between literature, culture (especially film), philosophy, medicine, and science. Prior to joining Bristol in September 2018, she worked at the University of Oxford in the role of Knowledge Exchange Facilitator. She maintains a deep interest in, and enthusiasm for, knowledge exchange and impact-focused activities and works closely with the Science Museum, London. Her first book, James Joyce and the Phenomenology of Film, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. Her most recent publication is a chapter entitled ‘James Joyce and Samuel Beckett: Blind Bards in the Age of Silent Cinema’, in Irish Modernisms: Gaps, Conjectures, Possibilities, ed. Paul Fagan, John Greaney, and Tamara Radak (forthcoming, 2020). She is currently working on a new monograph entitled Multifocal Modernism: Literature and Non-normative Vision.

Daniel Moore (University of Birmingham): Past Chair, Treasurer
Dan Moore is a Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature at the University of Birmingham. His monograph Insane Acquaintances: The Mediators of Modernism in Britain 1910–1939 is due to be published in 2019 (British Academy Monograph Series), and he has also published on Henry James, Ford Madox Ford and modernist art writing. He was the co-organiser of the 2017 BAMS conference – ‘Modernist Life’ – at Birmingham. He joined the BAMS committee in 2017.

Beryl Pong (University of Sheffield)
Beryl Pong is a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow in English at the University of Sheffield. Previously, she was a Research Fellow at Jesus College, University of Cambridge, and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto. Her monograph, British Literature and Culture in Second World Wartime: For the Duration, is forthcoming in 2020 from Oxford University Press’s Mid-Century Studies Series. Her essays have appeared in journals such as Modernism/modernity, Journal of Modern Literature, and Literature & History. She is the current holder of a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award, as well as a commissioning editor of Literature Compass.

Rod Rosenquist (University of Northampton)
Rod Rosenquist is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Northampton. He is author of Modernism, the Market and the Institution of the New (CUP 2009) and articles on modernist celebrity, advertising and autobiography in journals including Genre, Critical Survey and Modernist Cultures. With John Attridge, he co-edited Incredible Modernism: Literature, Trust and Deception (Ashgate 2013), and with Alice Wood, he co-edited ‘Modernism in Public’, a special issue of Modernist Cultures (November 2016). He has held fellowships at the Beinecke Library at Yale and the Harry Ransom Center at University of Texas, and peer reviewed for OUP, EUP, Bloomsbury and Modernism/modernity. He is currently working on modernist life writing and celebrity culture, including editing a critical volume of Wyndham Lewis’s Blasting and Bombardiering for Oxford University Press.

Matthew Taunton (University of East Anglia)
Dr. Matthew Taunton is a Senior Lecturer in Literature at the University of East Anglia, with broad interests in modernist, 1930s and mid-century literature and culture—with a particular focus on literature’s political entanglements. He completed his PhD at the London Consortium (Birkbeck) in 2008. He is the author of Fictions of the City: Class, Culture and Mass Housing in London and Paris (Palgrave, 2009) and Red Britain: The Russian Revolution in Mid-Century Culture (OUP, 2019), and the co-editor (with Benjamin Kohlmann) of A History of 1930s British Literature (CUP, 2019), as well as a special issue of Literature & History called Literatures of Anti-Communism (2015). His work is published or forthcoming in journals including Textual Practice, ELH, and Women: A Cultural Review, and he has also published a number of book chapters. He is deputy editor of Critical Quarterly.

Juliette Taylor-Batty (Leeds Trinity University): Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer
I am a Senior Lecturer in English at Leeds Trinity University and have worked in the HE sector since 2003. I am currently programme coordinator for English Literature, and have held a range of administrative posts, including student employability, admissions, and internationalisation. I am on the organising committee of the newly-relaunched BAMS Northern Modernism Seminar. My first monograph, Multilingualism in Modernist Fiction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), focused on the use of different languages by Anglophone modernists. I have articles and chapters published and forthcoming on Rhys, Jolas, Joyce, Beckett, Baudelaire, Nabokov and Rushdie, and am the co-author of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot (Bloomsbury, 2009). I have a particular interest in comparative and global approaches to modernism, and work across languages and literary traditions.

Alex Thomson (University of Edinburgh)
Alex Thomson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh. He is a former Chair of the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies. He is the author of Deconstruction and Democracy: Derrida’s Politics of Friendship (Continuum, 2005) and Theodor Adorno: A Guide for the Perplexed (Continuum, 2006), as well as essays on topics in critical theory, and on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Scottish literature. He edits the book series ‘Taking on the Political’ for Edinburgh University Press. Among his current research interests are comparative and transnational perspectives on modernism in Britain, and the changing relationship between the ideas of nation, race, culture, ethnicity in the period.

Claire Warden (Loughborough University): Chair
Claire Warden is Senior Lecturer in English and Drama at Loughborough University. Her research focuses on interdisciplinary modernism, theatre history, performance practice, politics and physical culture. She is the author of British Avant-garde Theatre (2012), Modernist and Avant-garde Performance: An Introduction (2015) and the British Academy-funded Migrating Modernist Performance: British Theatrical Travels through Russia (2016). She is co-editor of Performance and Professional Wrestling (2016) and part of the Arts Council-funded Wrestling Resurgence collective. Her most recent work includes articles on Russian translator Elisaveta Fen (Theatre Survey 2019) and the modernist origins of ‘all-in’ wrestling (Modernism/modernity 2020).

Adam Watt (University of Exeter)
Adam Watt is Associate Professor (Reader) in French at the University of Exeter where he is also Director of Research for Modern Languages. His books include Reading in Proust’s A la recherche: le délire de la lecture (Oxford University Press, 2009);The Cambridge Introduction to Marcel Proust (Cambridge University Press, 2011; Persian edition forthcoming 2017); an illustrated biography, Marcel Proust (Reaktion Books, 2013; Chinese edition, Lijian Publishing, 2015); and, as editor, Marcel Proust in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2013; paperback 2016). He is seeking to develop a network for those working on modernist topics in the South West.

Postgraduate Representatives:

Bryony F. Armstrong (University of Durham) (2020-22)
Bryony is a PhD candidate in the Department of English Studies at Durham University. She holds a joint MA in English and Mathematics and an MPhil in Modern and Contemporary Literature. Under the working title The Kiss in Modernist Literature, her thesis explores the work of D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, Aldous Huxley, and Elizabeth Bowen amongst others. She has presented at the International Virginia Woolf Conference and New Work in Modernist Studies, and is the co-convenor of Durham’s Late Summer Lecture Series.

Polly Hember (Royal Holloway, University of London) (2019-21)
Polly Hember is a technē funded PhD student at Royal Holloway, University of London. Focusing on modernism and visual culture, her thesis explores the fiction and film work of the POOL group. She is the co-founder of the research cluster NeoRomMods and co-edits the Decorating Dissidence Blog. She is currently co-organising the Modernism & Alternate Spiritualities Symposium (January, 2020) and the Figuring Out Feeling conference (July, 2020).

Josh Phillips (University of Glasgow) (2020-22)

Cécile Varry (2019-21)

BAMS Advisory Board:

Ian Bell, Department of American Studies, Keele University

Jonathan Bignell, Department of Film, Theatre & Television, University of Reading

Ramsey Burt, Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities, De Montfort University

Sascha Bru, Department of Literary Studies & MDRN, University of Leuven

María Del Pilar Blanco, Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford

Laura Doan, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester

Vivien Gardner, Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, University of Manchester

Graeme Gilloch, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University

Susan Harrow, School of Modern Languages, University of Bristol

Ben Highmore, School of Media, Film, and Music, University of Sussex

Julian Murphet, School of Arts and Media, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Peter Osborne, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University London

Barbara Penner, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London

David Peters Corbett, Centre for American Art, Courtauld Institute of Art