BA (Oxon), MA (London), DPhil (Oxon)
Areas of expertise: James Joyce, modernism, modernist poetry, adaptation, parody, intertextuality, genetic criticism.
Undergraduate Teaching: I teach on a wide range of literature modules at the University of Nottingham, including Studying Literature and Modern and Contemporary Literature: 1910-present. At level… read more
I am fascinated by modernism and its literatures. My doctoral thesis (2009) was the first study to show the defining role played by parody in the creation of literary modernism. Focusing particularly… read more
DAVISON, S., 2011. Max Beerbohm's altered books Textual Cultures: Texts, Contexts, Interpretation. 6(1), 48-75
Undergraduate Teaching: I teach on a wide range of literature modules at the University of Nottingham, including Studying Literature and Modern and Contemporary Literature: 1910-present. At level three, I teach two specialist modules: Poetry in the Age of Modernism and James Joyce: Revolutions of the Word.
Postgraduate Teaching: I contribute to three team-taught MA modules: What is a Text?; Literature and Modernity; and Modernism. I also supervise dissertations on twentieth-century literature.
I am fascinated by modernism and its literatures. My doctoral thesis (2009) was the first study to show the defining role played by parody in the creation of literary modernism. Focusing particularly on Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, it examines how parody informed the modernists' experiments in style, form and satire, drawing on a wealth of primary material, including unpublished juvenilia, holograph drafts and comic material only previously treated anecdotally. I am working to expand the thesis into a monograph, Modernist Parody, which I hope will be published in the Oxford English Monographs series.
I am also the author of Modernist Literatures: A Reader's Guide to Essential Criticism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). This lively, accessible Guide provides an up-to-date overview of the critical concepts that are now essential for understanding British, Irish and American modernist poetry, fiction and drama in their wider transnational context. Part I sets out how the modernists understood their experiment, introducing manifestos, movements, traditions and individual talents, taking particular note of the activities of European avant-garde. Part II provides a historical overview of the successive fashions that have shaped modernist studies from New Criticism right up to the methodologies that are changing the discipline today.The Guide introduces classic interpretations of familiar texts alongside fresh approaches to more recently recovered materials, investigating modernist responses to new thinking on sex, gender, race, human psychology, philosophy, science, technology, new media, and globalization, furnishing readers with the knowledge and insight to make their own interventions in critical debates.
A major theoretical approach of my present research is genetic criticism: the comparative study of different stages in the production of texts. In February 2011 I was awarded British Academy funding for 'Intertextual Joyce', a two-year project investigating the genesis of the 'Oxen of the Sun' chapter of Ulysses. The research is being jointly undertaken with Dr Chrissie Van Mierlo, Visiting Lecturer, Royal Holloway, University of London. Please visit our website for more information.
I would be delighted to hear from students or researchers with interests in modernism, particularly James Joyce, Imagism, modernist magazines, modernist comedy, and textual criticism, and I welcome PhD applications in these fields.