The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945

Editors and Editorial Board

The Space Between:  Literature and Culture 1914-1945 is the peer-reviewed journal for The Space Between Society.  Like the society, the journal is devoted to interdisciplinary scholarship on the period bracketed by the two World Wars.  We are interested in approaches to texts of all kinds, emphasizing research on lesser-known writers and artists and understudied topics of the period, including literary and cultural responses to the First and Second World Wars.  
Janine Utell, Widener University
Managing Editor
Riley Smith, Widener University
Book Review Editor
Elizabeth Evans, Cornell University
Editorial Board
Kristin Bluemel, Monmouth University
Erika Doss, University of Notre Dame
Phyllis Lassner, Northwestern University
Sanford Schwartz, Penn State University
Advisory Committee
Marsha Bryant, University of Florida
Claire Buck, Wheaton College
Debra Rae Cohen, University of South Carolina
Santanu Das, King's College London
Stella Deen, SUNY--New Paltz
Jonathan P. Eburne, Penn State University
Allan Hepburn, McGill University
Jennifer P. Nesbitt, Penn State University, York
Sarah Painitz, Butler University 
Alexis Pogorelskin, University of Minnesota, Duluth
Loretta Stec, San Francisco State University
The Space Between Society
Barbara Green, University of Notre Dame, Co-President
Melissa Dinsman, CUNY–York College, Co-President


We are pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Nesbitt to the position of Journal Editor.  We are also pleased to announce the creation of the position of Podcast Editor, and the appointment of Michael McCluskey as inaugural Podcast Editor.  

Jennifer Nesbitt, associate professor of English at the York campus of The Pennsylvania State University, is honored to follow Janine Utell’s footsteps as editor of The Space Between and is excited by new developments that will make our content more available to a general public. She looks forward to continuing the commitments to excellence, interdisciplinarity, and mentorship Janine and her predecessor Kristin Bluemel have made hallmarks of the journal.

Jennifer has served on the Advisory Board of The Space Between since 2017 and is currently an associate editor for Feminist Modernist Studies. She is the author of Narrative Settlements: Genre and Geography in British Women’s Fiction, 1918-1939 (University of Toronto Press, 2005), and her current project is Rum Histories: Drinking in the Past in Atlantic Literature and Culture. Most recently, she has published essays on the film Avatar and the television series Downton Abbey; an essay on Sylvia Townsend Warner is forthcoming in the MLA volume Teaching Modernist Women’s Writing in English. Shorter projects include essays about Warner’s late Elfin stories and BBC journalist and novelist Venu Chitale, and she is coediting a cluster of articles about whiteness and modernist studies for Modernism/modernity with Sonita Sarker. As a member of the Penn State University Faculty Senate, she is known for cutting verbs and excess phrases from documents.  She has held numerous part-time administrative and leadership positions, and she was one of six Penn State faculty selected for the Big Ten Academic Leadership Program for 2019-20.  She maintains a love-hate relationship with running, discovered the joys of Yin yoga during shelter-in-place, and will engage in Jane Austen trivia on demand. 

Michael McCluskey is a Lecturer in the CAS Writing Program at Boston University. He was previously Lecturer in English at the University of York, a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at University College London, and a Fellow at metaLAB (at) Harvard. His research looks at literature and film from (mostly) the 1920s and 30s to consider the history of technology, the history of education, and the intersection of the two. He is co-editor, with Kristin Bluemel, of Rural Modernity in Britain (Edinburgh University Press, 2018) and co-editor, with Luke Seaber, of Aviation in the Literature and Culture of Interwar Britain (forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan). He is currently writing a monograph on 1930s British documentary and continuing research about amateur film, alternative education, and queer economies in the interwar period. He is a member of the Advisory Board of The Space Between Society.

The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914–1945 announces plans for a new podcast series created and helmed by its inaugural Podcast Editor, Michael McCluskey. Launching in September 2020, the podcast will present stories from the “space between” the two World Wars as well as the wartime years themselves. With regular episodes and an interview-style format, the podcast will focus on the people, places, technologies, and cultural trends of the 1920s and ’30s as well as details about life during the First and Second World Wars for both soldiers and civilians. Each episode will feature a guest or guests in conversation with the host and present engaging accounts of this rich period in history. Stories about modernist art and literature, Art Deco, detective stories, wartime diaries, dance crazes, comics, sports, gossip columns, trains and airplanes, spies, suburbs, rural crafts, amateur dramatics, forms of activism, and more will come from researchers working in different fields, archivists, family historians, and others with information that can bring to life aspects of these important decades from around the world. Look out for future announcements about the launch date and details of how and where to access the podcast.  For more information or to pitch an idea for an episode, please contact Michael McCluskey at


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