Peter Adkins

University of Kent

Thesis title: Modernist Ecologies: Experiments with Environments and Aesthetics in Modernist Novels

How were modernists such as James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and Djuna Barnes responding to changing ideas about the nonhuman world through their experimentation with the novel form?

How might innovations in depictions of nonhuman environments in lesser studied works, such as Sylvia Townsend-Warner’s Lolly Willowes (1926), challenge ideas about what constitutes a modernist novel? My PhD engages with these questions around the relationship between modernist fiction, ecology and our contemporary moment.

Supervised by Dr Derek Ryan, Prof. Wendy Parkins.

Research interests

Modernism, James Joyce, twentieth century fiction, ecocriticism, posthumanism, animals studies, and the works of Jacques Derrida.