School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Fin-de-Siecle & Modernism

Fin-de-siècle and Modernism

The Fin-de-siècle and Modernism cluster covers an extremely wide range of authors, texts and genres, with archival work being a central activity in the research of the group's members.

An important area of shared interest across the cluster is the First World War. Dr Stacy Gillis led the major Leverhulme Trust-funded project Approaching War: Childhood, Culture and the First World War (2011-13), in collaboration with colleagues in Australia and Canada. Professor Kim Reynolds also works on the children's and popular literature of the Great War. Reynolds' new book takes this research further to look at modernism, the left, and progressive writing for children in the period 1900-1945 (research supported by a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, 2011-13).

Members of this research cluster tend to work to place literature and literary production within its broader cultural contexts.

Dr Kirsten Macleod, for example, curated an exhibition of American little magazines from the 1890s at the Grolier Club, New York City. She has also examined the role of collectors and institutions, such as the writer and photographer Carl Van Vechten, as the shapers of cultural history.

Dr Stacy Gillis is working on a history of the British detective novel in the early twentieth century.

Dr Adam Stock is the Newcastle co-ordinator for the North East Modernist Research Initiative (NEMRI), which brings together academics from across the region with interests in this area. His research focuses on utopian/dystopian fiction and political thought from the Fin-de-siècle to the mid-twentieth century. He is Co-investigator on an AHRC "Care for the Future" award "Re-configuring Ruins", researching modernist attitudes toward ruins and ruination.

Dr Rosalind Haslett works on drama, with a principal interest in the history of the dramaturgy profession. Her case studies include the New Theatre, New York (1909-1911); Bertolt Brecht's exile in America (1941-47) and the work of the American National Theatre and Academy in the early years of the Cold War (1946-51).

Dr Andrew Shail's monograph explores the connections between early cinema and literary Modernism, while an essay collection he has edited and contributed to examines the representation of cinema in the short fiction of the period.

Postgraduate study

The School has a thriving community of research postgraduate students working in different areas within modernist and fin-de-siècle literature. We have an established track record in securing AHRC funding to provide PhD studentships in this field.

The specific expertise and developing research of staff listed above shape the MA in Modern and Contemporary Studies, to which all colleagues in this research cluster contribute. Further information about the course can be found in our Postgraduate Study section.