My research interests include: vanguardism (political and aesthetic); the quotidian (viscerality, taste, abjection, affectivity); and, increasingly, satire.

My book, Prosaic Desires: Modernist Knowledge, Boredom, Laughter and Anticipation, addresses the intersections between high modernist writers--James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett--and philosophical thought. In this regard, I have written on everyday emotions, the relationship between subjectivity and otherness, and about the recasting or reconsideration of human desire so that it is not confined to the dominant spheres of sexuality and power.

The book explores banal longings such as the desire to laugh, or risibility, and boredom--the desire for any desire at all. Philosophers I've written about in relation to these affective states include Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Bataille, Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger, and Levinas.

In 2010, I brought the archive of the poet, visual artist, and activist Anna Mendelssohn (1948-2009) to Sussex Special Collections. The entirety was generously donated by Mendelssohn's family. Also known as Grace Lake, Mendelssohn was devoted to a post-1850 international vanguard tradition, one artistic and political in scope. Key concerns of her highly experimental and allusive work include, but are assuredly not limited to: radicalism, aesthetics, violence, complicity, gender, race, and class. After some years pursuing funding, I secured a grant in 2014 that led to a year-long cataloguing process. The archive is now open to the public, and I am editing Mendelssohn's poetry and prose for publication, as well as actively researching her work.

I edited a volume of Mina Loy's previously unpublished fiction and essays, and I am currently completing a monograph about her satire, which is contracted with Edinburgh University Press.

I have spoken and/or written about modernist writers Hugo Ball, Kurt Schwitters, Radclyffe Hall, Richard Aldington, and Wyndham Lewis. I am among the editors of the Collected Works of Wyndham Lewis, which is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. My work also engages with a number of contemporary avant-garde poets, among them, Chris Goode and Barry MacSweeney.

Since 2007, I have co-directed the Centre for Modernist Studies ( In this role, I co-founded the Sussex Poetry Festival, and have curated numerous events, including symposia on Mina Loy, Frank O'Hara, and Veronica Forrest-Thomson.

In 2013, I directed the 15th annual Modernist Studies Association conference, which was themed "Everydayness and the Event", and took place at the University of Sussex. Six hundred international delegates made this the largest event on modernism held in the UK to date (



On Bathos: Literature, Art, Music. Ed. Sara Crangle & Peter Nicholls. (2nd ed.) London: Continuum, 2012.


Stories and Essays of Mina Loy. Ed. Sara Crangle. Illinois: Dalkey Archive Press, 2011.


Prosaic Desires: Modernist Knowledge, Boredom, Laughter, and Anticipation. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010.


Selected Publications

"The Agonies of Ambivalence: Anna Mendelssohn, la poétesse maudite" Modernism/modernity (forthcoming autumn 2018)

What a Performance by Anna Mendelssohn (an extract). Ed. and Introduction. PMLA (forthcoming autumn 2018)

"Tradition and the Indivisible Talent." In the Air: Essays on the Poetry of Peter Gizzi. Ed. Anthony Caleshu. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan UP, 2018, 66-78.

"Woolfian Domestic Economies." Modernism/modernity 23:1 (2016): 141-76.

"Mina Loy." A History of Modernist Poetry. Ed. Lee M. Jenkins and Alex Davis. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015, 275-302.

"The Furious Martyrdoms of Wyndham Lewis." The Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies (5) 2014, 31-59.

"Post-operative Satire." (review essay) Textual Practice 27.7 (2013): 1237-45.

"Phenomenology and Affect: Modernist Sulking." Handbook of Modernism Studies. Ed. Jean-Michel Rabate. Oxford: Blackwell, 2013, 323-342.

"Dada's Tender-Hearted OnIons." Modernist Cultures 7.2 (2012): 231-253.

"Woolf's Cesspoolage: On Waste and Resignation." Cambridge Quarterly 40.1 (2011): 1-20.

"Desires Dissolvent: How Mina Loy Exceeds Georges Bataille." Journal of Philosophy 6.13 (2010): 41-53.

"Introduction." (co-authored with Peter Nicholls) On Bathos: Literature, Art, Music. Ed. Sara Crangle and Peter Nicholls. London: Continuum Press, 2010, 1-6.

"Dada Is Bathos! Or, of the Hobbyhorse Endlessly Rocking." On Bathos: Literature, Art, Music. Ed. Sara Crangle & Peter Nicholls. London: Continuum Press, 2010, 27-48.

"Curved Lines: Forrest-Thomson, Klee, and the Smile." Kenyon Review 2009 (

"Stephen's Handles." James Joyce Quarterly 47.1 (2009): 115-133.

"The Time Being: On Woolf and Boredom." Modern Fiction Studies 2 (2008): 209-232.

"Body Bathetic: The Art of Exhalation in Chris Goode." Complicities: British Poetry 1945-2007. Ed. Robin Purves and Sam Ladkin. Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2007. 201-221.

"Compton-Burnett and Risibility." British Fiction After Modernism: The Novel at Mid-Century. Ed. Lyndsey Stonebridge and Marina MacKay. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. 99-120.

"Silence and Noise: Understanding Christine Brooke-Rose's Such.Anglistik und Englischunterricht 69 (2007): 175-92.

"Epistolarity, Audience, Selfhood: The Letters of Dorothy Osborne to William Temple.Women's Writing 12.3 (2005): 175-92.

"'Regularly Irregular...Dashing Waters': Navigating the Stream of Consciousness in Dorothy Wordsworth's The Grasmere Journals." Journal of Narrative Theory 34.2 (2004): 146-72.


Poetry -

"normal hitting." Blackbox Manifold 18 (2017)

"gimme your hands." Crater 18 (2012) (whole issue).

"To Wit Nothing." Cambridge Literary Review 1.2 (2010): 75-82.

Six Poems. Crater O (2009).

Wild Ascending Lisp. Providence: Critical Documents, 2008.

Six Poems. Axolotl. 1 (2008).

Two Poems. Skald 24 (2007).


Selected Reviews of Published Books

Stories & Essays of Mina Loy –    

Parmar, Sandeep, “Modern Woman.” PN Review 38.3 (2012).

Carr, Helen. “The First Lady of Futurism.” The Wall Street Journal (10/1/11).

Lenarduzzi, Thea, “None of that everything else.” Times Literary Supplement (9/23/11).

“Just Out: Mina Loy.” Poetry Foundation News (8/5/2011).

Crispin, Jessa. “The Unsung Work of Loy.” Kirkus Reviews (8/30/11).

“Fiction Review” Publishers Weekly (8/7/2011).


Prosaic Desires: Modernist Knowledge, Boredom, Laughter, and Anticipation –         

Finch, Laura. "High Modernism, Lowly Desires." Journal of Modern Languages 36.1 (2012): 191-195. (

Sayeau, Michael, Textual Practice 26.1 (2012).

Brown, Richard, Journal of Philosophy 6.13 (2010), and Joyce Broadsheet 90 (2011).

Avery, Todd, Virginia Woolf Bulletin 36 (2011).


On Bathos: Literature, Art, Music –                 

Patterson, Ian, Textual Practice 26.2 (2012).

Jones, Tom, Forum for Modern Language Studies 48.3 (2012).

Altieri, Charles, European Journal of English Studies 15.3 (2011).

Constable, John, The Use of English 62.3 (2011).


Selected Awards & Distinctions

2014 - Leverhulme Research Fellowship (1 year)

2014 - Sussex Research Development Fund, Grant

2011 - British Academy Overseas Conference Grant

2009 - Margaret Church Memorial Prize, best essay 2008, Modern Fiction Studies

2007 - Weil Fund, Queens' College, Cambridge

2005 - Research Fellowship, Queens' College, Cambridge (3 years)

2004 - Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

2004 - Fellow, Cambridge Commonwealth Trust

2002 - Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (4 years)

2002 - Overseas Research Scheme Award (3 years)

2002 - English Medal, Department of English, Dalhousie University