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19th- and 20th-Century Studies

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The ‘long’ 19th century is represented by Russianists Michael Basker (poetry studies), Ruth Coates (literature and intellectual history) and Derek Offord (history, thought, language and literature).

In the Romance languages a cluster is formed by Andrew Ginger (Spanish cultural modernity) and Rhian Atkin in the Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American (HiPLA), Susan Harrow (poetry and narrative studies), Bradley Stephens (narrative and intellectual ideas) and Mariekke Dubbelboer (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow) (avant-garde studies), all in the Department of French; Robert Vilain, in the Department of German, is a specialist in modernist literature especially poetry.

Steffan Davies in German specialises in the relation between the Wallenstein figure and constructions of 19th-century national identity. Davies’s research in Romanticism, an interest shared with Stephens, connect both these early-career Modern Languages colleagues with researchers in Romantic studies in the Bristol English Department.

Harrow is a past President of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes. Books by Davies on Wallenstein and by Harrow on Zola and modernity appeared in 2010, and Stephens’s monograph on Hugo and Sartre was published in 2011. Ginger’s book on Liberalismo y Romanticismo traces the historicisation of the subject in the second third of the 19th century, and is forthcoming in 2012.

The work of Atkin, Dubbelboer, Basker, Ginger, Harrow and Stephens traverses the century’s boundaries, connecting with modernism studies in literature (poetry and narrative), intermedial art, and thought: this provides natural links with the work of Vilain.