Thesis Title: The Uses of Humour and Parody in "Feminist Avant-Garde" Periodical Culture
This project 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 this thesis seeks to explore how it functioned in its original site of publication, the modernist magazine. This project builds on my Mres dissertation, which examined the parodic editorial performance enacted by the editors of the avant-garde magazine The Little Review. This project will expand upon these initial findings, to address how parody functions more broadly throughout the magazine, and in feminist avant-garde periodical culture as a whole.
Supervisors and Institution(s):
Prof. Andrew Thacker (Nottingham Trent University)
Dr. Catherine Clay (Nottingham Trent University)
Dr. Sarah Davison (University of Nottingham)
Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:
'Beatrice Hastings and 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci', Blog post, British Association of Romanticism: Romantic Re-imaginings Series http://www.bars.ac.uk/blog/
Australasian Modernist Studies Network IV Conference: Modernism and Humour, Melbourne 26-28th October 2018, 'Laughter and Trauma in Katherine Mansfield's New Age Contributions (1910-1917)'