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Dr Sophie Oliver

Lecturer English


Personal Statement

I joined the department at Liverpool in January 2019, after finishing a PhD at Royal Holloway in 2017 and many years working in art publishing, most recently at Yale University Press. I specialise in modernist writing by women. My research interests lie in the relationships between literature and visual cultures, especially art and fashion; feminism and modernism; and the afterlives of modernist writing. I have published articles and chapters on Djuna Barnes, Mina Loy and on Jean Rhys, who was also the subject of an exhibition I conceived and curated at the British Library in 2016, ‘Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea and the Making of an Author’. I am working on two books, an academic monograph that proposes fashion as a model for doing feminist history, and a trade history of women's modernism told through items of dress, from Charlotte Perkins Gilman's pockets and Frida Kahlo's huipils to Mina Loy's corselet and Zora Neale Hurston's bonnet. I am also starting to think about my next project, a new history of feminist reading and readers. This year I am working with Sarah Parker (Loughborough) and Gesa Werner (V&A) on an exhibition at the Poetry Library in London called 'Poets in Vogue'.

Recently I was named a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker for 2020. More here:

I also write about literature and art for mainstream magazines, including the TLS, Burlington Magazine and The White Review.

My online academic support and feedback hours are Tuesdays 3–4 pm and Wednesdays 9–10 am (or you can email me to make another appointment).

Prizes or Honours

  • New Generation Thinker (AHRC/BBC, 2020)