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) under review
  • Total research funding of £338K, including major grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, Andrew W. Mellon and Humboldt foundations
  • AHRC Leadership Fellowship (2018-20) and British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (2017-18)
  • VC Award for Excellence in Research, Loughborough U. (2019)
  • High-impact policy engagement, including invited talk and training session at the Cabinet Office (2018-19)
  • Member of several influential advisory boards – including at the Institute of English Studies, London (chaired by Professor Dinah Birch)

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 PMLA, Book History, Post45, the Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies and Archives & Manuscripts.
  • Advisory board member and other academic service
  • 2018 (ongoing): Member of the Advisory Board, Stanford University (ePADD Phase 2 Advisory Board)
  • 2017 (ongoing): Member of the Advisory Council, Institute of English Studies, U of London
  • 2017 - 2019: Treasurer, British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS)
  • 2017: Member of the Selection Committee, Modernist Studies Association (MSA) First Book Prize
  • 2014 (ongoing): SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing) Liaison Officer to MLA

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 is currently under review.

More recently, Dr Jaillant has gained expertise on born-digital archives and the issues of preservation/ access to these archives. She was awarded a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award for her project “After the Digital Revolution: Working with Emails and Born-digital Records In Literary and Publishers’ Archives.” Her current project funded by an AHRC Leadership Fellowship aims to analyse born-digital records to understand how small poetry publishers survive in the global marketplace. 

See for news and updates on her AHRC Leadership Fellowship.


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.

Lise Jaillant welcomes PhD applications on modernism, book history and literary institutions. Please contact her if you would like an informal discussion about your ideas for a PhD.

Current PhD students

  • Bret Johnson: dissertation on British literary prizes (fully-funded by the University)
  • Sarah Featonby: dissertation on Angela Carter and Virginia Woolf.


  • 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, 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.

Contributors include distinguished modernist scholars such as Douglas Mao and Ira Nadel.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles                                               

  • “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.