Dr Alex Goody
Reader in Twentieth-Century Literature and Research Director
I studied for my BA at the University of York and for my MA at the University of Leeds. My PhD on 'Mina Loy’s Modernist Aesthetic’ was awarded at the University of Leeds in 1997. My teaching career has taken me from Leeds to University College Falmouth in Cornwall before arriving at Oxford Brookes University in 2002.Iwork primarily in the field of modernist studies, and onAmerican literature and culture and havepublished books and articles on Mina Loy, Djuna Barnes, American Modernism, New York Dada, technology and literature, jewish writing, and contemporary poetry.
- U67025 American Literature
- U67024 Twentieth Century Literature
- U67083 Contemporary Literature
- U67080 Special Subjects: 'Women and Modernism'
- U67081 Special Subjects: ‘Literature, Technology, Culture’
- U67010 Approaching Poetry
- Twentieth-Century Texts
- Modern and Contemporary Fiction
I am currently supervising PhD students working on Hart Crane, Modernism and Dance, H.D., contemporary American poetry, and Space and Subjectivity in 1950s American Literature. I have previously supervised PhDs on masculinity and contemporary culture, and Arab women's writing.
Alex Goody works primarily in the field of modernist studies, and onAmerican literature and culture. She has published books and articles on Mina Loy, Djuna Barnes, American Modernism, New York Dada, technology and literature, jewish writing, and contemporary poetry.
- Modernist Studies
- Modern and Contemporary Literature
- Women’s Writing
- American Literature and Culture
Immediate research projects
Machine-Amusements: Leisure, Technology and the Women of Modernism. A monograph that considers the interactions between women and the new technological leisure spaces and forms of early-twentieth-century America. Exploring a range of topicsincluding the 'dance craze' , Hollywood, amusement parks, advertising and radio broadcasting, this book offers new insights into the study of gender, modernism and technological media.
Staging The Anthiphon. An ongoing research project into Djuna Barnes's late play The Antiphon, exploring questions of language, staging and performance.
'Technologies of sex at the fin de siecle', Nineteenth-Century Studies (forthcoming, 2011)
'Spectacle, Technology and Performing Bodies: Djuna Barnes at Coney Island'
'Mina Loy and the Hollywood Industry'
Modernism and Feminism (contracted by Palgrave Macmillan)
Modernist Articulations. A monograph that investigates the literature and culture of the early twentieth century exploring in particular the relationship of Djuna Barnes, Mina Loy, and Gertrude Stein to the aesthetic and cultural practices, and ideologies of the time. Examining and developing key tools and concepts of Cultural Studies and bringing these to bear on the field of modernist studies this book expands on previous theoretical and aesthetic cartographies of modernism.
Published by Palgrave Macmillan, May 2007
American Modernism: Cultural Transactions. A co-edited (with Dr Catherine Morley) collection of essays by renowed scholars in the field that explore the scope and impact of American Modernism in literature, cinema and the visual arts.
Published byCambridge Scholars Publishing, October 2009
Technology, Literature and Culture. A monograph exploring the interactions between technology and technological innovations and the literature and culture of the twentieth centuy. The book considers topics such as modernism and radio, visual technologies and gender, cold war technology, cybogs and robots, and writing technologies.
To be published by Polity Press, April 2011
- ‘Passing in the City: the liminal spaces of Levy’s late work’, in Critical Essays on Amy Levy, ed. Nadia Valman & Naomi Hetherington (Ohio University Press, 2010).
- ‘Contemporary British Poetry’ in The Cambridge Companion to Modern British Culture, ed John Storey et al (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
- '”Goy Israels” and the “Nomadic Embrace”: Mina Loy Writing Race’, in In the Open: Jewish Women Writers and British Culture, ed Claire Tylee, (University of Delaware Press, 2006).
- ‘A Hypertextual Feminine?’ in L’Imaginaire de l’Écran / Screen Imaginary ed. Nathalie Roelens & Yves Jeanneret (Rodopi, 2004).
- ‘Autobiography/Auto-mythology: Mina Loy’s Anglo-Mongrels and the Rose’, Alison Donnell & Pauline Polkey (eds), Representing Lives: women and autobiography (Macmillan, 2000).
- 'Empire, Motherhood and the Poetics of the Self in Mina Loy's Anglo-Mongrels and the Rose', Life Writing, vol. 6, no. 1 (2009)
- 'Cyborgs, Women and New York Dada', The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1915-1945, vol 3. no.1 (2007)
- ‘Murder in Mile End: Amy Levy, Jewishness and the City’, Victorian Literature and Culture, vol. 34, no. 2. (2006)
- ‘“Consider Your Grandmothers’: modernism, gender and the New York Press”, Media History vol.7, no.1 (June 2001).
- '‘To Who? Gender, Authority and the Speaking Subject in Loy’s Love Lyrics’, How2 vol.1 no.5 (March 2001) http://www.departments.bucknell.edu/stadler_center/how2/
- ‘Dada’s Daddy c.1917: Duchamp and the Art of Woman/women’, European Journal of American Culture 19, no.2 (2000).
- ‘Ladies of Fashion/Modern(ist) Women: Mina Loy and Djuna Barnes’, Women: a cultural review volume 10, no.3 (Winter 1999).
Cambridge Guide to Women Writers in English, ed. Lorna Sage (Cambridge University Press, 1999). Entries on Mina Loy, Gertrude Stein, Djuna Barnes, H.D., Jessie Redmon Fauset, Zora Neale Hurston, Nella Larson, Sharon Olds, Lavinia Greenlaw, Erica Jong and Alicia Ostriker)
Conference papers since 2001
- 'Uncanny Women: Dolls, Robots, Hysterics and Virgins', Modernist Studies Association Anual Conference, Montreal, Canada, November 2009.
- 'Mina Loy and the Hollywood Industry' Modernism and Visual Culture conference, St Anne's College, Oxford, November 2008.
- ‘Crossing Borders with the Baroness: Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven and Transnational Dada’, Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference, Long Beach, California, November 2007.
- ‘Coney Island Baby: Negotiating Popular Culture, Gender and Technology in Djuna Barnes’s Journalism’, British Association for American Studies Annual Conference, Leicester University, March 2007.
- 'Bodies Buttons and Cows: Gertrude Stein's grotesque aesthetic' Kicking Daffodils III: women and poetry in the 21st century, UWE, September 2006.
- ‘Cyborgs, Women and New York Dada’, Technology, Media, and Culture in the Space Between, 1914-1945 Conference, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, May 2005.
- ‘Women and Cyborg Erotics in the late nineteenth century’, Victorian Modernities Conference, Reading University, May 2004.
- ‘Desire, War and Letters in Gertrude Stein’s Lifting Belly’, British Association for American Studies conference, Manchester, April 2004.
- ‘Hysteria and Love in the War Writings of Mina Loy and Gertrude Stein’, Modernist Studies Association conference, Birmingham, September 2003.
- ‘Women, Nets and Webs: Prosthesis and the Third Wave’, International Third Wave Feminism Conference, Exeter University, July 2002.
- ‘Passing as the New Woman: Gender, Jewishness and the City’ Women’s Poetry and the fin de siecle Conference, Institute of English Studies, University of London, June 2002.
- ‘Phallic Art and Kinky Dicks’: Penises, Prosthesis, Performance’ Flesh Made Text conference University of Tessaloniki, Greece, May 2002.
Conferences organised since 2001
Centre for Research in Modern and Contemporary Poetry. Colloquia organised, including: Raiding the Inarticulate: poetry in translation Conference, Oxford Brookes University, December 2003.
American Modernism: Cultural Transactions, Oxford Brookes University 22-23 September 2006