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

She has 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.

Career Highlights

  • Two monographs; twelve articles; seven book chapters; one edited book
  • Third monograph (a history of creative writing programmes) forthcoming with Oxford University Press (2022)
  • Second edited book Archives, Access and AI forthcoming in an open access edition (2021) 
  • Total research funding of £447K, including major grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, Andrew W. Mellon and Humboldt foundations
  • Recent grants: AHRC/ NEH New Directions in Digital Scholarship (2021-23), AHRC/ IRC Digital Humanities (2020-21), AHRC Leadership Fellowship (2018-20); British Academy Rising Star (2017-18)
  • High-impact policy engagement, including invited talk and training session at the Cabinet Office (2018-19) and internally-funded project in partnership with the CO (2021)
  • Member of several influential advisory boards – including at the Institute of English Studies, London and the Digital Preservation Coalition

Professional responsibilities 

  • Editorial Board member for Palgrave Material Modernisms series (2019-); Anthem Book History series (2016-)
  • Reviewed full manuscripts (Columbia UP, U of Massachusetts P, Ashgate/ Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan) and journal articles for American Literary History, Archives & Manuscripts, Book History, ELH, Journal of Modern Literature, Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage, Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies, Literature & History, PMLA, Post45.

Advisory board member and other academic service:

  • 2020 (ongoing): Member of the AHRC Peer Review College
  • 2017 (ongoing): Member of the Advisory Council, Institute of English Studies, U. of London
  • 2014 (ongoing): SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing) Liaison Officer to MLA
  • 2017-19: Treasurer, British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS)
  • 2017: Member of the Selection Committee, Modernist Studies Association (MSA) First Book Prize

External activities

In recent years, Lise Jaillant has developed collaborations with several museums/ special collections libraries, building on her expertise in publishing history in the digital age.

  • Curator, public exhibition on Carcanet Press, John Rylands Library, Manchester (2019 - 2020)
  • Curator, public exhibition “Publishing Modernist Fiction and Poetry,” Senate House, London (June 2019).
  • Cabinet Office (London), Invited Talk. “From Print to Digital: Preserving, Making Accessible and Using Archives of Digital Information” (Aug. 2018). Follow-up session “Learning from History,” July 2019.
  • Recorded interview as Wyndham Lewis expert, exhibition Wyndham Lewis: Life, Art, War, Imperial War Museum (IWM) North, Manchester (March 2017).
  • Dr Jaillant regularly reviews books for the TLS with a focus on publishing history and fine editions.

Lise Jaillant's research lies at the intersection of Digital Humanities, Book History and Modernist Studies. Her core expertise is on literary institutions: she has published widely on the publishers that marketed the new literature of the early twentieth century to a broad audience. She also completed a transatlantic history of creative writing programmes, which will be published by Oxford University Press.

More recently, Dr Jaillant has gained expertise on born-digital archives and the issues of preservation/ access to these archives.

  • She is currently leading the AURA network (Archives in the UK/ Republic of Ireland & AI) which runs from August 2020 to December 2021, and the AEOLIAN network (Artifical Intelligence for Cultural Organisations). AURA is funded by the Irish Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. AEOLIAN is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities in the US and the AHRC in the UK.
  • She has recently completed a project on UK poetry publishers, “Poetry Survival,” focusing particularly on the issue of born-digital archives. This project was funded by a major Leadership Fellowship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2018-20). 
  • These AHRC projects build on her British Academy Rising Star project (2017-18) to bring together archivists and scholars in order to find solutions to the issue of "dark" archives, closed to researchers for data protection or technical issues.

These projects aim to provide access to archival data to a wide range of "users" (researchers, members of the public) - without infringing the privacy of data producers and third parties.

Lise Jaillant’s classroom experience includes convening and teaching on a wide range of modules in Anglo-American literature and book history/ publishing at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Since 2020, she has convened and taught modules in Communication & Media, including modules on digital economies and cultural work. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Lise Jaillant welcomes PhD applications on any aspects related to her expertise – including digital humanities and cultural heritage. Please contact her if you would like an informal discussion about your ideas for a PhD.


  • Literary Rebels: A History of Creative Writers in Anglo-American Universities (forthcoming with Oxford University Press, 2022).
  • Cheap Modernism: Expanding Markets, Publishers’ Series and the Avant-Garde (Edinburgh UP, 2017). Edinburgh Critical Studies in Modernist Culture series. Paperback edition 2018.
  • Modernism, Middlebrow and the Literary Canon – The Modern Library Series, 1917-1955 (New York: Routledge, 2014). Literary Texts and the Popular Marketplace series. Paperback edition 2017.

Edited Books and Journal Issues

  • Editor, Archives, Access and AI (forthcoming with Transcript, 2021). Wrote the introduction and one chapter.
  • Editor, Publishing Modernist Fiction and Poetry (Edinburgh UP, 2019). Wrote the introduction and one chapter. Paperback edition 2020.
  • Editor, Special Issue “After the Digital Revolution,” Archives and Manuscripts 47.3 (2019). Wrote the editorial (pp. 285-304).
  • Co-editor, Special issue “Global Modernism,” Modernist Cultures 13.1 (2018). Co-author of the introduction (pp. 1-13) with Alison E. Martin. Single author of one article.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles                                               

  • “Invisible Poetry: Women, Ethnic Minorities and the Forgotten History of Carcanet Magazine.” Review of English Studies, publisher: Oxford UP (published: 9 March 2021)
  • “After the Digital Revolution: Working with Emails and Born-digital Records In Literary and Publishers’ Archives.” Archives and Manuscripts 47.3 (2019): 285-304.
  • “From New York to Shanghai: Global Modernism, Cheap Reprint Series and Copyright.” Modernist Cultures 13.1 (2018): 115–33.
  • “Myth Maker: Malcolm Bradbury and the Creation of Creative Writing at UEA.” New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing 13.3 (2016): 350-67.