The Modernist Review is a monthly round-up of publications, conferences and events from across the diverse field of modernist studies. Every month, we publish 4-5 articles from early career researchers and postgraduate students. These articles consist of interviews, conference and book reviews, condensed research and more. You can explore our contact area to download the rolling Call for Papers, and access our in-house style guide. Each issue also comes with a short editorial written by the editors.
As modernist studies becomes a larger, more diverse, and more interdisciplinary field, it is more important than ever that new researchers have an accessible, public space to present their research and individual perspectives in a less formal, faster-paced setting than traditional journals. The Modernist Review hopes to foster a sense of connectedness and engagement between academics working at disparate institutions and provide an overview of key developments drawn from a busy research environment. We strongly encourage engagement with articles via the comments sections!
The British Association of Modernist Studies
The British Association of Modernist Studies is a major academic institution based in the UK. The object of the Association (BAMS) is to advance education and knowledge by promoting the study of modernism. As part of this mission, the current Postgraduate Representatives of BAMS have developed The Modernist Review, and act as its editors.
The logo of The Modernist Review was developed from the BAMS one, designed by Rhys Tranter and reflects our affiliation with them as an ECR-centered organ of their educational objectives.
Jinan Ashraf is an Ireland India Institute PhD Fellow at Dublin City University researching James Joyce and Anglophone South Asian avant-garde writing. She is the recipient of the Laura Bassi Scholarship Summer 2021 for research against the grain on James Joyce and Indian modernism. She is published in The Modernist Review, Joyce Studies in Italy, the Dublin James Joyce Journal, and the James Joyce Broadsheet. Her essay on James Joyce and critical pedagogy in India is published in English Teachers’ Accounts, a Routledge publication on English Studies in India (ed. Nandana Dutta).
Emily Bell is a PhD candidate at the University of Antwerp (Centre for Manuscript Genetics), having previously studied for her Bachelor’s at the University of Oxford (2017) and the National University of Ireland, Galway for her Master’s (2019). Her research focuses on intertextuality in the works of James Joyce and other near-contemporaneous intertextualists. Her PhD is part of a project to realise a digital edition of Joyce’s reconstructed library, using this bibliographic collection as a case study to theorise modernist intertextuality in an attempt to understand the role of bookshelves behind books and writers as readers. She has published in The Modernist Review, Genetic Joyce Studies and the James Joyce Broadsheet.
Elena Valli is a PhD candidate at Trinity College Dublin. Her project, founded by the Fitzroy-Pyle scholarship, reflects on the influence of 17th-century spiritual meditative exercises on the work of Elizabeth Bishop, Anthony Hecht, and Geoffrey Hill. Through this research, Elena is studying the transition from modernism to postmodernism and considering these authors’ indebtedness to T.S. Eliot in terms of shifting perspectives on witness and vision, representation of place, and religious values. She holds an MA with Distinction in English and American Literature from the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari (2020) and a BA in English and French from the University of Bologna (2017). She is a member of the T.S. Eliot International Society and has contributed to the society’s review, Time Present.
Hannah Voss is a PhD candidate at Durham University, funded by a Durham Doctoral Studentship. Her thesis explores the representations of split identity, self-erasure, and alternative belonging in the work of mid-twentieth century women writers, especially H.D., Jean Rhys, and Anne Stevenson. She received her MA from Durham in 2019 and holds a BA (2018) from Benedictine College, in Atchison, Kansas. She has presented her work at New Work in Modernist Studies and published in The Modernist Review. She currently serves as co-editor of the Postgraduate English journal at Durham University and is coming into her final months in the role.
The Modernist Review was founded by former BAMS representatives Stephanie Boland and Helen Saunders in 2016.