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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 fashion; feminism and modernism; and the afterlives of modernist texts. I have published articles on Djuna Barnes 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 currently revising my first authored book, on modernism, fashion and feminist literary history, and starting to think about my next project, an emotional history of the recovery of work by modernist women. 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 academic support and feedback hour this semester is on Thursday from 10-11, or otherwise by appointment – I'm now running sessions online or by phone.

Prizes or Honours

  • New Generation Thinker (AHRC/BBC, 2020)