Jemima Paine

Postgraduate Research Student


Jemima Paine is a first-year PhD candidate in French working under the supervision of Prof Charles Forsdick and Dr Lisa Shaw.

Before starting at Liverpool, I completed a Bachelor degree in English and French and a Master of Studies in French at the University of Oxford. For the latter, I completed a dissertation entitled ‘Poet’s Corner: Black verse in the periodicals of Paris and Harlem, 1917-1934’ under the supervision of Profs Jane Hiddleston and Lloyd Pratt. This MSt study forms the basis of my current doctoral project.

Research Interests

My doctoral research centres on the poetry published in US and Francophone periodicals during the early twentieth century. Periodicals provided a unique locus for black verse during the New Negro Renaissance and Négritude movement, placing poetry in dialogue with editorials, articles and alternative art forms.

For this project, I aim to stage an internal reading of the poetry whilst paying close attention to how material properties of the periodical and its transnational circulation altered perceptions of the notions of black identity expressed therein.

Research Funding

Funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) via the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NMCDTP).