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Dr Helen Tyson

Post:Lecturer in 20th and 21st Century British Literature (English)
Location:ARTS B B241

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 877647
International:+44 1273 877647
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I joined Sussex in September 2016 as a Lecturer in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century British Literature in the School of English. Having completed my BA in English Literature and Language at the University of Oxford in 2009, I went on to do my MA, and then my PhD, in the Department of English at Queen Mary University of London. Between 2012 and 2016, while writing my PhD, I taught modernism, literary theory, psychoanalysis and literature, and poetry at Queen Mary University of London. In 2013 I was the co-organiser of The Art of English, a one-day symposium which sought to trace and to interrogate the past, present and possible futures of English studies. This resulted in the co-edited volume of essays, English Studies: The State of the Discipline, Past, Present, and Future (co-edited with Niall Gildea, Helena Goodwyn and Megan Kitching; Palgrave, 2015). I was also a co-organiser of the Psychoanalytic Thought, History and Political Life Forum.

I have written reviews for Literary Review, and Review 31

  • 'As Necessary as Solitude', review of Lauren Elkin, Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London, Review 31
  • ‘House-training the Id’, review of Marina Warner, Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale, Review 31
  • ‘It’s all Me, Me, Me’, review of Simon Blackburn, Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love, and Elizabeth Lunbeck, The Americanization of Narcissism, Literary Review
  • Privacy is for paedos’, review of Josh Cohen, The Private Life: Why We Remain in the DarkReview 31

My current research focuses on the figure of the reader in modernist literature, early-twentieth-century popular culture, and psychoanalysis. I am also planning a future research project on the figure of the child in modernist literature and psychoanalysis.

I welcome PhD proposals on: modernism; Virginia Woolf; Marcel Proust; Sigmund Freud; Melanie Klein; British psychoanalysis; psychoanalysis and literature; modernism and psychoanalysis; popular and ‘mass’ culture in the early twentieth century; twentieth-century romance; theories and histories of reading; post-WWII British Writing; modernism and childhood; literature and childhood.