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Rebecca Beasley

Rebecca Beasley
Academic Position:
University Lecturer and Tutorial Fellow
College:
Queens
Research Interests:
20th/21st Century

Until recently, Dr Rebecca Beasley's research has primarily concerned Anglo-American modernist poetry, especially in relation to the visual arts. She is now working on a book project about the impact of Russian culture on British modernism, between 1880 and 1940. This study argues that the British cultural construction of Russia not only fed into, but focused and reformed the defining questions of modernism: the relation between writer and audience (individual vs. mass), the relation between the literary work and lived experience (the nature of realism), and the relation between language and action (abstraction vs. the concrete). Future projects include a book on modernism across different media in mid-twentieth-century Britain, and a study of the relationship between twentieth-century poetry and educational theory in the United States.

In 2011, she initiated with Matthew Taunton (University of East Anglia), the Anglo-Russian Research Network to bring together researchers working on the influence of Russian and Soviet culture and politics in Britain in the period 1880-1950. Since September 2011 they have held termly reading groups at Pushkin House, which are open to anyone with an interest in the subject. They are currently looking into developing the Network further, and would be delighted to hear from any groups or individuals who would like to collaborate.

Recent Publications

  • ‘Visual Arts’, in Ezra Pound in Context, ed. by Ira B. Nadel (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), pp. 309-319
  • With Philip Ross Bullock, 'Introduction: The Illusion of Transparency', in Translating Russia, 1890-1935 (special issue of Translation and Literature), 20 (2011), 283-300
  • 'Modernism’s Translations', in The Oxford Handbook of Global Modernisms, ed. by Mark Wollaeger with Matt Eatough (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), 551-70
  • 'Love and Honour, or the Adventures of Serinda', in Senate House Library: University of London, ed. by Christopher Pressler and Karen Attar (London: Scala, 2012)
  • 'On Not Knowing Russian: The Translations of Virginia Woolf and S.S. Kotelianskii', Modern Language Review, 108 (2013), 1-29
  • 'Vortorussophilia', in Vorticism: New Perspectives, ed. by Mark Antliff and Scott Klein (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2013)
  • 'Ezra Pound', in The Blackwell Companion to Modernist Poetry, ed. by David Chinitz and Gail McDonald (Oxford: Blackwell, forthcoming 2014)
# Title Description Contributor
1 Ezra Pound

Dr Rebecca Beasley explains why we should read Pound, someone she considers as the central...

Rebecca Beasley
2 What is a Great Writer? An academic panel discussion.

In this panel discussion from the Great Writers Inspire Engage Event workshop, Dr Seamus Perry,...

Seamus Perry, Margaret Kean, Peter McDonald, Ankhi Mukherjee, Rebecca Beasley
# Title Description Contributor
1 Ezra Pound

Dr Rebecca Beasley explains why we should read Pound, someone she considers as the central...

Rebecca Beasley
2 What is a Great Writer? An academic panel discusses the question.

In this panel discussion from the Great Writers Inspire Engage Event workshop, Dr Seamus Perry,...

Seamus Perry, Margaret Kean, Peter McDonald, Ankhi Mukherjee, Rebecca Beasley
# Essay Title Description Contributor
1 Modernism

Ezra Pound’s maxim, ‘Make it new’ (‘Canto LIII’) is often quoted as a succinct summary of...

Rebecca Beasley
2 Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound (1885-1972) is one of the...

Rebecca Beasley