Members

Dr Catherine Clay (Co-Director)

Catherine Clay is Associate Professor in Feminist and Literary Studies at Nottingham Trent University. She specialises in British women’s writing, modern periodical studies, and feminist media and print cultures associated with the ‘first wave’ of the women’s movement. Recent projects include the interwar volume of the Edinburgh History of Women’s Periodical Culture in Britain (Women’s Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1918-1939) and her AHRC-funded monograph Time and Tide: The Feminist and Cultural Politics of a Modern Magazine (EUP, 2018). This research is the focus of a series of impact and engagement activities planned for 2020-21 in her ‘Time and Tide: Connections and Legacies’ project supported by the AHRC’s Follow-on Funding scheme. Clay’s new project, on transnational feminist literary networks in interwar Europe, builds on these recent projects and also her early work on women writers’ networks (British Women Writers 1914-1945: Professional Work and Friendship, 2006), taking both sets of interests in a new transnational direction. She is an editor of the Journal of European Periodical Studies and an executive committee member of the Friends of the Women’s Library (Charity no. 277165).

Professor Andrew Thacker (Co-Director)

Andrew Thacker is Professor of English at Nottingham Trent University. His main area of research is upon all areas of modernism and modernist culture, with a particular emphasis upon institutions of modernism such as magazines and bookshops. He was co-director of the AHRC-funded Modernist Magazines Project which resulted in three volumes of essays for OUP, The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines. He is currently working on a cultural history of the modern bookshop; and a new series of volumes on global modernist magazines. Thacker has received research funding from the AHRB, AHRC, British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust. He was a founder member and the first elected Chair of the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS). He is an editor of the long-running interdisciplinary journal, Literature & History. He has supervised PhD students in many areas of twentieth-century literature, including recently completed theses on queer modernism and modernist magazines.

Mr Oliver Arnold

A graduate of Nottingham Trent University, Oliver Arnold received an NTU PhD studentship to research ‘The Supernatural in Romanticism: A Mode of Environmental, Theological, Personal, Social and Political Destabilization’, commencing in September 2020. In association with the PPCRG, his thesis will be supervised by Dr Nicola Bowring, Dr Rebecca Butler, and Professor Tim Youngs. The project challenges the ‘dominant material consensus in Romantic studies’ (Hopps 2013: 9) to examine the supernatural as a lens through which to reconsider the relationship between Romanticism and the Gothic as both can be seen to use the supernatural as a destabilising force. Eighteenth and early-nineteenth century periodicals are central to the study, which considers the dominant representation of cultural debates and beliefs in the press, as well as the reception of selected Romantic texts that destabilised these through the supernatural.

Ms Panya Banjoko

Panya Banjoko is a writer, storyteller, performance poet, founder of the Nottingham Black Archive, and PhD candidate at Nottingham Trent University. Her PhD, ‘The Politics of Poetry in Nottingham and the Role of African-Caribbean Writers and Networks in the 1970s and 1980s’, examines political literature – periodicals, pamphlets, books, newsletters, and zines – from the 1960s to the 1980s and explores how poetry was harnessed to further the cause for racial justice and equality. The aim is to recover poetry from the 1970s and 1980s produced in or connected to Nottingham by mining the political literature and collating the poetry and analysing both. This will enable critical and historical analysis to focus on how a literary history forged by Black writers developed in a specific location and environment.

Dr Rebecca Butler

Rebecca Butler is Lecturer in English at Nottingham Trent University and supports the development of the PPCRG. Her main area of research is in nineteenth-century women’s travel writing, with an emphasis on print culture. Her first monograph, Revisiting Italy: British Women’s Travel Writing and the Risorgimento, 1844-61, is under contract with the Routledge Research in Travel Writing series, with expected publication in spring 2021. The book examines the relationship between gender, national identity, political advocacy and literary authority in Victorian women’s travel accounts of Risorgimento Italy. It considers travel writing in various forms and media from manuscript letters, through serialised articles in periodicals, to privately printed accounts. Shorter projects include the forthcoming chapters: ‘Not the Lingo of Fleet Street’: Davies and Periodical Culture’, in W. H. Davies: Essays on the Super-Tramp Poet, ed. by Rory Waterman (Anthem) and a consideration of the role of the press in ‘Writing Tourism’, in The Oxford Handbook of Tourism History, ed. by Kevin James and Eric Zuelow (OUP).

Ms Victoria Zoe Callus

Victoria Zoe Callus is an M4C-funded PhD candidate at Nottingham Trent University, supervised by Dr Sarah Jackson and Professor Philip Leonard in the Department of English, and Dr Emma Cocker in Art and Design. Her project, ‘Paper Cuts: Investigating Paper Affect in Contemporary Experimental Literature’, aims to understand the relationship between paper and print-based contemporary experimental literature and considers how paper-based contemporary experimental literature can trigger various forms of affect. Further, it materially interrogates the ways paper still allows for literary and aesthetic innovation in the twenty-first century. Her research concerns the material and visual qualities of print forms. In terms of material culture, she is interested in all forms of paper objects, ranging from books and pamphlets to various ephemera, such as inserts and found objects. Her approach is influenced by her previous studies in Creative Media.

Ms Annelise Edwards-Daem

Annelise Edwards-Daem is Research Assistant of Nottingham Trent University’s independent publisher, Trent Editions, which aims to recover and publish works by neglected and underrepresented authors in new print editions. She is the recipient of an M4C PhD studentship, commencing September 2020. Her project, ‘A Feminist Figurine: Reclaiming the Doll in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Women’s Writing’, examines women writers who challenge perceptions of gendered subjectivity by engaging with the figure of the doll; considering this figure in relation to non-heteronormativity, monstrosity and posthumanism. The study largely focuses on neglected twentieth-century Anglo-American women writers, including Margery Lawrence, Daphne du Maurier, Margaret Yorke and Angela Carter, as well as twenty-first-century texts, including ‘Doll: A Romance of Mississippi’ (2005), ‘The Doll Tornado’ (2012), The Silent Companions (2017) and Frankissstein (2019), to explore and interpret connections across a hitherto unrecognised corpus of works that focus on this figure of female gender identity. Affiliated with the PPCRG, her research draws on late-eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature in periodicals, such as The Lady’s Magazine (1770-1847), as a touchstone for the doll’s alignment with female submission.

Ms Daisy Ferris

Daisy Ferris is a PhD candidate in English at Nottingham Trent University, supervised by Professor Andrew Thacker (NTU), Dr Catherine Clay (NTU) and Dr Sarah Davison (University of Nottingham) under the Midlands4Cities scheme. Her thesis, ‘The Uses of Humour and Parody in “Feminist Avant-Garde” Periodical Culture’, addresses the use of humour and parody in the modernist little magazine, specifically within periodicals which can be considered part of the ‘feminist avant-garde’: a branch of transatlantic feminism operating in the early twentieth century, separate from and often oppositional to the suffrage movement. A pervasive theme of humour and parody recurs throughout modernist literature by women, and her research seeks to explore how it functioned in its original site of publication, the modernist magazine. The project builds on her MRes dissertation, which examined the parodic editorial performance enacted by the editors of the avant-garde magazine The Little Review.

Mr Matthew Gill

Matthew Gill is Senior Lecturer in Visual Communication for Fashion Communication and Promotion, in the School of Art and Design at Nottingham Trent University. He is the founder of Raw Print, a platform that celebrates the exciting and dynamic nature of independent publishing through magazines, zines and zine-making. It includes an archive of zines and magazines at NTU, student magazines and other print projects, the Notts Zine Library (at Nottingham Contemporary), as well as publishing projects such as Metazine and Sculptorvox. The Archive and Zine Library houses creative print and publishing materials in order to meet the objectives of providing exciting and innovative workshops in zine-making, book-binding, books arts, publishing and print. Raw Print also assists in hosting events including the Notts Zine Fair, live lectures, and podcasts. Zine Power is a practice seeking to provide Zine Therapy, improving mindfulness, wellbeing and mental health. Current Zine Power projects and workshops have been providing positive and creative outlets to support and promote better mental health and well-being through making and reading zines.

Dr Annalise Grice

Annalise Grice is Lecturer in English Literature at Nottingham Trent University. She specialises in the work of D. H. Lawrence and the literary marketplace during the ‘long’ twentieth century; her research interests extend to the professionalisation of women’s writing, the Edwardian ‘sex novel’, and literary censorship. Her first monograph focuses on the Edwardian literary marketplace and the ways in which D. H. Lawrence became a professional writer, examining his engagement with newspapers, magazines and journals. The book considers publishing cultures, transatlantic connections between publishing houses, marketing and self-fashioning, literary networks and forms of patronage as well as collaborative writing, editing and production.

Dr Hui-Ying Kerr

Hui-Ying Kerr is Senior Lecturer in Product Design at Nottingham Trent University. Her research explores the cultural phenomenon of the 1980s Japanese Bubble Economy through its lifestyle magazines, examining how issues of gender and cultural shifts in attitudes within society were mediated through these print media.

Professor Sharon Monteith

Sharon Monteith is Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Cultural History at Nottingham Trent University and recipient of a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for The Civil Rights Movement: A Literary History, an archival and interdisciplinary study that includes recovery of neglected activists, activist-writers and texts. Her forthcoming book, SNCC’s Stories: The African American Freedom Movement in the Civil Rights South (University of Georgia Press), examines the print and publishing culture of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a high-profile civil rights collective founded in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1960, led by young people. Monteith has gathered hard-to-find literature where the freedom movement in the civil rights South is analysed subjectively and explored imaginatively by SNCC activists. It is revealing of the group’s internal culture as captured in print in the 1960s and since: field reports and unpublished manuscripts, as well as published fiction, essays, poetry, and plays comprise SNCC’s print culture and literary history, and contribute to its legacy.

Dr Stephanie Palmer

Stephanie Palmer is Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century American Literature at Nottingham Trent University. She researches review culture in magazines and newspapers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century in Britain and the United States, specifically reviews of women writers. Her book, Transatlantic Footholds: Turn-of-the-Century American Women Writers and British Reviewers (Routledge, 2020), analyses British reviews of American women fiction writers, essayists and poets between the periods of literary domesticity and modernism. Her new research will examine regional reviews of regional male and female writers in American newspapers.

Dr Jenni Ramone

Jenni Ramone is Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Studies at Nottingham Trent University. Her most recent monograph, Postcolonial Literatures in the local Literary Marketplace: Located Reading (Palgrave, 2020) explores the publishing, bookselling, and reading contexts of the Cuba, Nigeria, India, and the UK, arguing that these local print cultures (rather than a global literary marketplace) are essential frameworks for understanding the literature of those regions. Her research has involved archival research on Black British bookshops in the 1960s-1990s, cartographic research on India’s Partition and the movement across borders of libraries and bookshops, fieldwork in Cuba, and interviews in Nigeria which were undertaken by a Nigerian NTU student as part of the university’s research funding scheme for undergraduates, SPUR.  

Dr Eleanor Reed

Eleanor Reed is the Project Officer of Time and Tide: Connections and Legacies at Nottingham Trent University. She researches early-mid twentieth-century domestic women’s magazines, which she approaches as works of literature within literary contexts. Broadly, she is interested in how these publications construct and sell feminine identities for/to their target readers, and how these identities relate to readers’ class status. She is also interested in developing new methodological approaches to researching magazines. During 2019 and 2020 Reed undertook AHRC-funded postdoctoral research into knitting and crochet in domestic magazines, using material in the Knitting & Crochet Guild’s collection (University of Roehampton). Her first monograph, Making Homemakers: how Woman’s Weekly shaped lower-middle-class domestic culture in Britain, 1918-1958 is under contract with Liverpool University Press.

Dr Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor is a published poet, critic and editor, who teaches English and Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University. Taylor is the co-editor at erbacce-Press, a Liverpool based small press that primarily publishes poetry and art books. He is also co-editor of the little magazine, erbacce. He is editor of the blogzine, M58, which publishes other poetries. His work has been published in numerous online and print journals and pamphlets.

Dr Rory Waterman

Rory Waterman is a poet and scholar of twentieth-century and contemporary literature at Nottingham Trent University. His critical books include Poets of the Second World War (LUP, 2016) and his three poetry collections with Carcanet Press are Tonight the Summer’s Over (2013; Poetry Book Society Recommendation), Sarajevo Roses (2017, shortlisted for the Ledbury Forte Prize) and Sweet Nothings (2020). His periodical-related work includes both editing and contributing. In 2010, he founded the literary and arts magazine New Walk, which became the pamphlet publisher New Walk Editions in 2017, and was shortlisted in both major categories of the Michael Marks Awards in 2019. He also writes regularly for the Times Literary SupplementPoetry Review, and several other publications. His website is www.rorywaterman.com

Professor Tim Youngs

Tim Youngs is Professor of English at Nottingham Trent University. The author or editor of a dozen books on travel writing, he is founding director of NTU’s Centre for Travel Writing Studies and editor of the journal Studies in Travel Writing, which he established in 1997. His membership of the PPCRG reflects, and will further develop, his interests in travel periodicals and in poetry magazines. A published poet himself, whose work has appeared in several print and online magazines, his debut pamphlet Touching Distance was published by Five Leaves in 2017.


Dr Christina Britzolakis

Christina Britzolakis is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick. She works on modernist and 20th/21st-century literature and culture, and is the author of Sylvia Plath and the Theatre of Mourning (OUP). Her research interests include the transnational and local networks of modernist journals, and their role in the global circulation of modernism. She has published on The Dial (Thacker and Brooker, 2009).

Dr Sarah Davison

Sarah Davison is Assistant Professor of English Literature at the University of Nottingham. She is fascinated by modernism and its literatures, especially the work of James Joyce and Ezra Pound. Davison is particularly interested in the genesis of the experimental styles and techniques that we think of as distinctively modernist and she likes to trace their evolution from manuscripts and other draft materials, via their first appearances in little magazines, to their ‘final’ form in book editions.

Ms Claire Going

Claire Going is a PhD candidate in English Literature at De Montfort University under the Midlands4Cities scheme, supervised by Dr Alice Wood (DMU), Dr Sinéad Mooney (DMU) and Dr Sharon Ouditt (NTU). Her thesis, ‘Therapeutic Literature in the British Periodical, 1914-1928: A Bibliotherapy Approach’, discusses how short stories published in magazines between 1914 and 1928 reflected, explored and offered therapeutic responses to the emotional or psychological effects of the First World War. Her research looks at the way stories sit within the periodicals in which they are published, and how the ephemerality and the distribution of the medium impacts on the intentionality and potential efficacy of stories that can be considered ‘therapeutic tales’. The project analyses a series of case studies of popular magazines published by C. A. Pearson and Cassell’s, as well as Pearson’s charity magazine for blinded servicemen, the St. Dunstan’s Review.

Dr Andrew Harrison

Andrew Harrison is Associate Professor of English at the University of Nottingham. His research intersects with the interests of the PPCRG primarily through his work on D. H. Lawrence’s writing and publishing practices. He is also editing Paleface for the new Oxford UP edition of Wyndham Lewis and this has entailed further work with manuscripts and periodicals.

Dr Chris Mourant

Chris Mourant is Lecturer in Early Twentieth-Century English Literature at the University of Birmingham. His research focuses on the print cultures of early twentieth-century modernism. He is the author of the monograph Katherine Mansfield and Periodical Culture (Edinburgh University Press, 2019) and co-editor of the essay collection The Modern Short Story and Magazine Culture, 1880–1950 (forthcoming). Mourant is an editor of the journal Modernist Cultures and a Co-Director of the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Modernist Cultures (CMC).

Professor Graham Thompson

Graham Thompson is Professor of American Literature at the University of Nottingham. His current work focuses on the material and media history of nineteenth-century American literature, and on the chains of print production that allowed American literary containers—including periodicals—to be made and circulated. 

Dr Emma West

Emma West is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Birmingham. Her research explores a wide range of modern periodicals, from modernist ‘little’ magazines and art journals to popular illustrated fiction magazines and British newspapers. She is the organiser of Ways of Reading, a workshop series on magazines for postgraduate and early career researchers. With Brittany Moster, she is currently co-editing a special issue of the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies on the relationship between word and image on the printed page.

Dr Alice Wood

Alice Wood is Senior Lecturer in English at De Montfort University. Her research explores commercial British women’s magazines of the interwar period. It considers the reception and dissemination of modernism through fashion magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, and the framing of women as modern subjects through the text and visual rhetorics of these and other fashion and domestic magazines including Good Housekeeping and Modern Home. Wood is the author of Modernism and Modernity in British Women’s Magazines (Routledge, 2020).

Periodicals and Print Culture Research Group (PPCRG),

Dept. of English, Communications and Philosophy,

Nottingham Trent University.