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University of Oxford Faculty of English

Marcus, Professor Laura

Job Title: Goldsmiths' Professor of English Literature
College: New College
Period/ Subject: 20th -21st Century, Film


Research Interests and Teaching Areas:

Laura Marcus's research and teaching interests are predominantly in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and culture, including life-writing, modernism, Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury culture, contemporary fiction, and litereature and film. Her book publications include Auto/biographical Discourses: Theory, Criticism, Practice (1994), Virginia Woolf: Writers and their Work (1997/2004), The Tenth Muse: Writing about Cinema in the Modernist Period (2007) and, as co-editor, The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century English Literature (2004). 

Her current research projects include a book on British literature 1910-1920, and a study of the concept of 'rhythm' in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries, in a range of disciplinary contexts.

Recent Publications:

  • The Tenth Muse: Writing about Cinema in the Modernist Period (Oxford, 2007). xx and 249 pp.
  • "The Legacies of Modernism," in The Cambridge Companion to the Modernist Novel, ed. M. Shiach (Cambridge, 2007), pp. 82-98.
  • "The Creative Treatment of Actuality: John Grierson, Documentary Cinema and ’Fact’ in the 1930s" in Intermodernism: Literary Culture in Mid-Twentieth-Century Britain, ed. K. Bluemel (Edinburgh, 2009).
  • "European Witness:  Analysands Abroad in the 1920s and 1930s" in History and Psyche: Culture, Psychoanalysis, and the Past, ed. S. Alexander and B. Taylor (New York, 2012).
  • "The Tempo of Revolution": British Film Culture and Soviet Cinema in the 1920s' in Russia in Britain: From Melodrama to Modernism, ed. R. Beasley and P. R. Bullock (Oxford 2013).
  • 'Pilgrimage and the Space of Dreams,' Pilgrimages: Journal of Dorothy Richardson Studies, 1 (2008).


Other Information:

Laura's publication The Tenth Muse: Writing about Cinema in the Modernist Period was awarded the 2008 James Russell Lowell Prize of the Modern Language Association.

She is on the editorial boards of a number of journals and is one of the editors of the journal Women: a Cultural Review.

Laura was elected to the Fellowship of the British Academy in 2011.

Alain Locke in the 21st Century conference

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