Centre for Research in Communication and Culture

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Dr Lise Jaillant

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Before coming to Loughborough in February 2016, I held positions at Newcastle University, the University of East Anglia and the University of Manchester.

I have an MA (Distinction) in Modern and Contemporary Literature from Birkbeck, University of London, and a PhD in English from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

I convene the MA module Texts & Technologies with Professor Nigel Wood.

My research focuses on twentieth-century literature and culture, particularly literary institutions (publishers, creative writing programmes). My first book, Modernism, Middlebrow and the Literary Canon – the Modern Library Series, 1917-1955, was published by Routledge.

I have recently finished a second book, Cheap Modernism: Expanding Markets, Publishers' Series and the Avant-Garde (Edinburgh UP, 2017). 

This is the first study of European uniform series of reprints (such as the Travellers’ Library, the Phoenix Library, Tauchnitz and Albatross) that sold modernism to a wide audience – thus transforming a little-read “highbrow” movement into a popular phenomenon. 

I am also working on a third monograph: Professing Creative Writing: A History of Writers and Scholars in Anglophone Universities.

It will be the first institutional and cultural history of creative writing programmes in universities in North America, Britain and Australia, from the 1930s to the present day.

All my research has been based on archival work and supported by world-class organizations such as the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, the Humboldt foundation, the Harry Ransom Center in Austin (Texas), the Bibliographical Society of America and the Newberry Library in Chicago. My articles have appeared in the Journal of Modern Literature, James Joyce Quarterly, Book History, Studies in the Novel and other journals.

Personal website: http://www.lisejaillant.com/

Twitter: @lisejaillant 

I welcome PhD applications on modernism, book history and literary institutions. Please contact me (l.jaillant@lboro.ac.uk) if you would like an informal discussion about your ideas for a PhD.

Current PhD student 

Bret Johnson: dissertation on British literary prizes (fully-funded by the University)

I co-organize the Digital Humanities Research Group with Dr Wim Van Mierlo.