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.
Bryony Armstrong is a Northern Bridge (AHRC) PhD student at Durham University. Her thesis on the modernist kiss works at the intersection of haptic studies and literary criticism; it includes research on kissing at speed, interracial kisses on screen, and women kissing women. She has presented at Northeast MLA, the 29th Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference, and New Work in Modernist Studies, and has written for Postgraduate English and reviewed for the Cambridge Quarterly. Bryony previously co-convened the Late Summer Lecture Series, and can otherwise be found singing in a chapel choir or acting as Postgraduate Welfare Officer at St Mary’s College.
Emily Bell is a PhD candidate at the University of Antwerp (Centre for Manuscript Genetics), researching 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 presented work at the 27th International James Joyce Symposium, the James Joyce Italian Foundation’s annual conference and New Work in Modernist Studies. She has also published in Genetic Joyce Studies and the James Joyce Broadsheet.
Gill Beagent is a PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of Chester. She is currently researching the representation of space, memory and women’s lives in the writing of Elizabeth Taylor (author) (1912-1975). Through this research Gill is considering the extent of Taylor’s indebtedness to modernism. Gill is also in communication with Taylor’s family as part of her research. Prior to this Gill was awarded an MA with Distinction from the Open University for her dissertation titled, ‘The Representation of the Author in Elizabeth Taylor’s writing’ and researched for this in the McFarlin Library, University of Tulsa. In December 2019 Gill presented at New Work in Modernist Studies held at Liverpool University and regularly presents papers at University of Chester events.
The Modernist Review was founded by former BAMS representatives Stephanie Boland and Helen Saunders in 2016.