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Professor Andrew Thacker

Job: Professor of Twentieth Century Literature

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Research group(s): Centre for Textual Studies

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 250 6239




Personal profile

I have worked at De Montfort since 2004. Previously I lectured in English at the Universities of Wolverhampton and Ulster. My main research interests are in modernism, conceived broadly as the literature and culture of the period from about 1880-1950. I welcome applications from graduate students wishing to work upon all areas of modernism and most aspects of twentieth century literature. I am currently Chair of the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS - )

Publications and outputs


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Key research outputs

I am the co-director of the Modernist Magazines Project, which was funded by a large Research Grant the AHRC from 2006-10. The main output is the 3-volume series, 'The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines' (OUP, 2009, 2012, 2013). For more information on the project see and

For the published books see: vol.1 Britain and Ireland; vol.2 North America see ; vol.3 .

Research interests/expertise

Modernism, modern periodical studies, literary geography, James Joyce, Michel Foucault.

Areas of teaching

  • Modernism
  • Twentieth Century Literature


  • BA (Keele)
  • MA (Southampton)
  • PhD (Southampton)

Courses taught

English BA (Hons) 

  • ENGL3086
  • ENGL2016
  • ENGL3000

Membership of external committees

Founding member of the Steering Committee for the British Association of Modernist Studies, 2008 to present (BAMS  Elected as founding Chair.


Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Chair, BAMS
  • Member of the executive of Council of College and University English (CCUE) (2003-08).
  • Modernist Studies Association, ordinary member
  • EAM, ordinary member
  • Member of the International Advisory Board for Australian Modernist Studies Network (
  • Co-founder of Northern Modernism Research Seminar (

Forthcoming events

  • MODERNIST MAGAZINES IN THE AMERICAS: POINTS OF DEPARTURE, Wednesday 12 December 2012, Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford, UK
  • Modernist Moves, Brunel University, 7-8 December
  • A conference at Humboldt University, Berlin, on Life Writing and Space (November 2013)

Conference attendance

Recent Invited Talks

Invited talk at closing roundtable, Moving Modernisms international conference, University of Oxford, March.

Opening plenary at Exile’s Return: An EMiC Colloquium at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, June.

Respondent at the BAMS New Work in Modernist Studies conference, London, December 2011.

Invited plenary lecture, ‘”That Trouble”: Regionalism, Modernism and Little Magazines’, Regional Literary Culture: Modernism and After, University of Nottingham, April 2011.

Keynote lecture, ‘Placing Modernism’, Literary Dynamics of Place Symposium, Durham University, April 2011.

Invited plenary speaker, ‘Modernism: International and Transnational Places’, Northern Modernism Research Seminar, University of Newcastle, May, 2011.

Keynote lecture, 'Taking Root or Moving On: Reflections on Modernism, Transnationalism, and Internationalism', Postgraduate Conference on Motion and Space, King’s College, London, May 2011


‘Modernist Periodical Codes’, research seminar, Queen Mary, University of London, October.

‘Rhymers on Fleet Street’, invited talk to Nineteenth Century Research Seminar, Institute of English Studies, October.

Invited paper on ‘Modernist Periodical Codes’ at inaugural conference, Centre for Material Texts, University of Cambridge, April. 

‘Exploring Modernist Magazines’, Cultural Exchanges Arts Festival, DMU, Leicester, March.

‘The Material History of Modernism’, postgraduate training talk, BAMS, University of Birmingham, March.

Departmental research seminar, ‘Exploring Modernist Magazines’, University of Northampton, Feb.


‘Canto XIV’, Ezra Pound Cantos Reading Group, Institute of English Studies, June.

Invited Keynote lecture on ‘Modern Spaces, Modern Phobias’ at Phobia: Constructing the Phenomenology of Chronic Fear Conference, Cardiff, May.

International Conference Papers

‘Views from Abroad: Modernism and the Urban Imaginary’, EAM Conference, Kent, September.


‘Editions and Texts of Jean Rhys: Another Voyage in the Dark?’, invited plenary, Reading Jean Rhys International Conference, Kings’ College, London, July.

‘The Periodical Scene in 1910’, BAMS December 1910 Conference, Glasgow, December.


‘Crossing Borders with Modernist Magazines’, ESTS, Brussels, November.

‘Phobic Cities’, MSA Montreal, November.


Palms, Poetry, Politics’, Revues modernistes et politique dans les années 1900 à 1939 Colloque International, Le Mans, June.

‘Coteries and Connections’, Europa!, Europa? EAM Inaugural Conference, Ghent, May. 

Current research students

First supervisor for PhD students: 

  • Reem Al’juma (Postcolonial Modernism) 
  • Louise Kane (Modernist Magazines)
  • Federico Meschini (Digital Scholarly Editing)
  • Jason Smith (Digital Literature) 

Second supervisor for Maija Kuharenoka, David Hucklesby, Elizabeth Penner, Michelle Austin.

Externally funded research grants information

  • 2012-13 The Modern Bookshop: A Cultural History, British Academy Small Research Grant, £8900.
  • 2006-10 Modernist Magazines Project (CI), AHRC funded (c.£330,000 non-FEC).; PI was Peter Brooker, University of Sussex
  • 2006-9 Brownings Correspondence Project (PI for last 18mths), AHRC research grant, FEC – c.£500,000
  • 2008 Sponsor for British Academy Overseas Visiting Fellow, Dr Alexandra Peat, University of Toronto, project on ‘Global Modernism and the Culture of Exhibition’, £9500.
  • 2004 British Academy Overseas Conference Grant £570 
  • 2000 AHRB Research Leave £11,500.

Professional esteem indicators

Editor, Literature & History (2005-present)

Editorial Board Member for: Modernist Cultures (EUP); Journal of Modern Periodical Studies (Penn State); Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies.

Reader for the following journals: New Formations, Literature and History, Women: A Cultural Review, Philology Quarterly, Irish Cultural Geography, Modernist Cultures, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.

Other Reviewing Activities: OUP, EUP, LUP, MUP, Edward Arnold, Routledge, Taylor and Francis.

Case studies

Reviews of The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines, vol.1 Britain and Ireland, 1880-1955 in TLS and The Literary Review, 2009.

Website for Modernist Magazines Project receives increasing numbers of hits.

Talk at Cultural Exchanges, 2009.

‘Making it new all over again’, Times Higher Education, 11-17 August 2011, pp.41-2.

‘Blasting beyond Britain’, (review of Vorticism exhibition), Fortnightly Review, 24th August 2011 (

Andrew Thacker
The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines