Guest Lectures

Dame Professor Gillian Beer

“Modernist Alice”

Modernist Alice Picture

8th March 2012

Gillian Beer is the Andrew W Mellon Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art, and was previously King Edward VII Professor Emeritus at the University of Cambridge. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Literature. She has a long-standing interest in scientific writing, and particularly Darwin’s work, in relation to other forms of creativity. Among her books are Darwin’s Plots, Open Fields: Science in Cultural Encounter and Virginia Woolf: the Common Ground. She has edited On the Origin of Species for Oxford World’s Classics. She is President of the British Comparative Literature Association.


Professor John Plotz (Brandies)

“The Culture of the Diagram in George Eliot”

12th October 2011

John Plotz teaches Victorian Literature at Brandies University. He is the author of several articles, most recently “Materiality in Theory: What to Make of Victorian Things, Objects, and Commodities” in The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Literary Culture. Other articles include “Moving Images: Nineteenth-Century Reading and Screen Practices” in Moving Images: Nineteenth-Century Reading and Screen Practices; “Victorian Short Stories” in Cambridge Companion to the English Short Story; and “Necessary Pleasures: How I Learned to Write, and Why” in Writing for the Curious: Why Study Writing.


David Ayres (Kent)

“Art, Nation, and Political Discourse”

9th -11th September 2010

The Centre for Modernist studies sponsored Prof. David Ayres’ keynote speech at the 2nd European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernist Studies Conference “High and Low”, and held at the Adam Mickiewicz University (UAM) in Poznan, Poland in 2010.

David Ayers  is a professor in the School of English, University of Kent at Canterbury. His principal interests are in the fields of Modernism, American Literature and Critical Theory. He is the author of Wyndham Lewis and Western Man, English Literature of the 1920s,  Modernism: A Short Introduction andLiterary Theory: A Reintroduction . David Ayres was the main organiser of the EAM’s third conference in 2012 at the University of Kent.

You can view the full program for the 2010 event here.