The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945

2017 Contributors

ALEX BELSEY is a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London, affiliated with the Department of English and the Centre for Life-writing Research (CLWR). His research specialization is life-writing, with a particular focus on diary and journal forms, experimental auto/biography, and autofiction. Current research interests include representations and narratives of identity formation by, and about, visual artists from the 19th century to present. Belsey completed a PhD in English Research at King’s College London with a thesis on the journal of British painter Keith Vaughan (1912-77) and is currently preparing a monograph on Vaughan's journal, titled "Image of a Man," for publication. He has also written on the life and works of Irène Némirovsky (1903-42) and has a continuing interest in the autobiographical novels of Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848-1907). [return to article]

ERIN G. CARLSTON teaches English at the University of Auckland. Before coming to Auckland, she was a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Her research interests are in comparative modernisms, sexuality studies and Jewish studies. She is the author of Thinking Fascism (1998) and Double Agents (2013), as well as articles on Wyndham Lewis, Alfredo Véa, Marcel Proust, Paul Celan, Mary Renault, and Audre Lorde, among others. Her current research project is on race and masculinities in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Carlston is co-organizer of the New Zealand Modernist Studies Consortium. ​[return to article]

BENEDETTA CARNAGHI is a PhD student in History at Cornell University. Her dissertation is a comparative history of double agents in the Fascist secret police, called OVRA, and its Nazi counterpart, the Gestapo. Her research highlights the international nature of this spy network, which transcended national boundaries just as spies transcended their sense of national identity. Hence both Nazi and Fascist spies carried out their activities not only in Germany and Italy, but also in occupied countries. Her research interests include the history of Resistance, the Holocaust, gender studies, political violence, and terror.  [return to article]

STUART CHRISTIE is Head and Professor of the Department of English Language and Literature at Hong Kong Baptist University. He is the author of Worlding Forster: The Passage from Pastoral (Routledge, 2005), Plural Sovereignties and Contemporary Indigenous Literature (Palgrave, 2009), and the co-editor of Modern American Poetry and the Chinese Encounter (Palgrave, 2012). He has published over fifty refereed outputs in venues such as Modern Fiction Studies, College Literature, PMLA, Foreign Literature Studies, American Indian Quarterly, and Modernism/modernity Print+. He is serving as the Editor-in-Chief of Literature Compass. [return to article]

PAULA DERDIGER is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Minnesota–Duluth, where she works on modern and contemporary British literature and culture as well as film studies. She has published on Elizabeth Bowen, Elizabeth Taylor, and Colin MacInnes, and her monograph on postwar British literature and housing, Reconstruction Fiction, is forthcoming from Northwestern University Press. [return to article]

MEGAN FARAGHER is an Assistant Professor of English at Wright State University–Lake Campus. Her work focuses on the influence of information culture and propaganda studies on twentieth-century literature and culture. Her current book project, "Forms of Persuasion: Literature and Culture and the New Age of Public Opinion," articulates the connection between aesthetic developments in the twentieth-century and the evolving fields of polling and public opinion researchShe has previously published in Textual Practice, and received her PhD at the State University of New York at Buffalo. [return to article]

DAVID GLOVER is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Southampton. He has published widely on popular literature and cultural history and is a member of the Editorial Board of new formations: a journal of cultural/theory/politics. His books include, Vampires, Mummies, and Liberals: Bram Stoker and the Politics of Popular Fiction (1996), Genders (2000; 2nd ed. in 2009; with Cora Kaplan), and Literature, Immigration, and Diaspora in Fin-de-Siècle England: a Cultural History of the 1905 Aliens Act (2012). He is currently working on a study of law, literature and citizenship in Britain in the 1940s. [return to article]

MARK DAVID KAUFMAN is Assistant Professor of English at Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania. His scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in Hypermedia Joyce StudiesBiography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, Public Domain ReviewEuropean Journal of American StudiesTwentieth-Century Literature, and Virginia Woolf Miscellany. His contribution to the special issue of The Space Between on espionage is part of a larger book project focusing on the relationship between modernism and national security, the weaponization of the humanities during wartime, and the cultivation of writers as spies by the intelligence community. [return to article]

JOHN KIMSEY is an Associate Professor in DePaul University’s School for New Learning, where he teaches and writes about popular culture, modern literature and their intersections. His essays have appeared in Popular Music and Society, The Journal of Popular Music Studies and Interdisciplinary Literary Studies. His writings on Beatles music and culture have appeared in numerous academic anthologies, including The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles (2009).  The recipient of a DePaul Humanities Center fellowship, his song cycle Twisted Roots: Music, Politics and the American Dream Blues has been described by jazz polymath Ben Sidran as “an ingenious way to integrate political and social commentary into a musical architecture.” He is currently working on a book, “'Just A Day Too Long': Music, Race, and Parchman Farm." [return to article]

PHYLLIS LASSNER is Professor Emerita in the Crown Center for Jewish and Israel Studies, Gender Studies and Writing Programs at Northwestern University.  In addition to essays on interwar and wartime women writers and on Holocaust representation, her publications include two books on Elizabeth Bowen, British Women Writers of World War II, Colonial Strangers, Anglo-Jewish Women Writing the Holocaust, and Espionage and Exile: Fascism and Anti-Fascism in British Spy Fiction and Film. She was the International Diamond Jubilee Fellow at Southampton University, UK, 2015-2017 and is Editor of the Northwestern University Press Series, “Cultural Expressions of World War II: Interwar Preludes, Responses, Memory.”  Her current research focuses on recent Holocaust films and Jewish refugee art in Britain. [return to article]    

WILL MAY is an Associate Professor in English at the University of Southampton. He is the editor of The Collected Poems and Drawings of Stevie Smith (published in the US as All The Poems), and the author of Postwar Literature: 1950-1990 and Stevie Smith and Authorship. He has also published on Elizabeth Taylor, Harriet Cohen, and Barbara Pym. His current research explores the relationship between whimsy, politics, and poetics. [return to article]

REBECAH PULSIFER is an Assistant Professor of English at Kettering University. Her research has appeared or is forthcoming in Studies in the Novel and Journal of Modern Literature. She is at work on a book manuscript that traces changing understandings of intelligence in mid-twentieth century literature and culture. [return to article]  

SLANEY CHADWICK ROSS is adjunct Professor of English at Fordham University. Her research engages with secret histories, spy narratives, and the culture of surveillance in the eighteenth century. Her work has been published in The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, and she is working on a book on the cultural history of spying in the eighteenth century. [return to article]

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