Dr Jeannette Baxter

Jeanette Baxter

Senior Lecturer in English Literature; Research Convenor for English Literature, Writing and Publishing

Jeannette has research and teaching expertise in many areas of 20th-century and contemporary fiction, including literary and visual responses to war (from WWI to present conflicts), literatures of exile and migration, Anglo-American and European literary Surrealisms, and the relationship between modern and contemporary literature and fascisms.

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jeannette.baxter@anglia.ac.uk 

Background

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Currently, Jeannette is currently developing her research interests in her second monograph, Exquisite Corpse: Literature/Surrealisms/Anti/Fascisms, which reads a range of British Surrealist literature as varieties of anti-fascism.

Jeannette is also developing various strands of her research and teaching in collaboration with contemporary artists, academic partners and research networks, and third parties. Current and planned collaborations include an exhibition at Anglia Ruskin with Fay Ballard; literature-based workshops and lectures on fascisms and the Arts with Counterpoints Arts; and various projects relating to Surrealism, the unconscious and neuroscience with The Memory Network

Jeannette joined Anglia Ruskin in 2007, having previously taught at the University of East Anglia where she completed her PhD (awarded 2006). She has published widely in the field of modern and contemporary literature and presents her work regularly to international academic and non-academic audiences. For 2015, she has been invited to lead a week-long seminar, East Central Europe in the British Literary Imagination, at Palacký University, Olomouc.

Jeannette is Series Editor of Contemporary Critical Perspectives, a critically-acclaimed series on contemporary writing (London and New York: Bloomsbury Press). For full details and future projects, visit the Bloomsbury website. She has also peer-reviewed research articles for a wide variety of journals, including Textual Practice, Comparative Literature, Modern Science Fiction Studies, Mosiac, and Contemporary Women’s Writing, and book manuscripts for Manchester University Press, Palgrave, Routledge, Bloomsbury, Ashgate, and Longman.

Research interests

  • Modern and contemporary literature (European and American)
  • The relationship between literature, history and the visual arts (post-1900), especially Surrealism in its global perspectives
  • The political and historical dimensions of Surrealist literature
  • Surrealism and neuroscience
  • The relationship between modern and contemporary literature and fascisms
  • Literatures of migration and exile

Areas of research supervision

  • Modernism and contemporary literature
  • Anglo-American and European literary Surrealisms
  • Literature and the visual arts (post-1900)
  • Avant-garde writing
  • J G Ballard
  • W G Sebald
  • Holocaust writing
  • Writing WWI
  • The post-war American novel
  • Writing 9/11
  • Literatures of migration and exile

Jeannette has a number of PhD projects on topics including:

  • J G Ballard in relation to various fields, including film, neuroscience
  • 'Late’ modernisms
  • Nigerian literature and magic realism
  • Ben Okri
  • Children’s literature, trauma and psychoanalysis
  • Middle-brow fiction
  • The exilic imagination

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of East Anglia (2006)
  • MA (Studies in Fiction), University of East Anglia
  • BA (Hons) Modern Languages, University of Keele

Selected recent publications

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Books (published since 2008)

Contemporary Critical Perspectives: Andrea Levy, with an essay and introduction. London & New York: Bloomsbury. ISBN-10: 1441160450; ISBN-13: 978-1441160454, (co-edited with David James). 2014

A Literature of Restitution: Critical Essays on W. G. Sebald, with an introduction and essay. Manchester: Manchester University Press. ISBN 9780719088520 (co-edited with Valerie Henitiuk and Ben Hutchinson). 2013

Visions and Revisions: Essays on J. G. Ballard, with an introduction and essay. London: Palgrave. ISBN 9780230278127 (co-edited with Rowland Wymer). 2011.

J. G. Ballard’s Surrealist Imagination: Spectacular Authorship (Ashgate, 2009), ISBN 9780754662670

Contemporary Critical Perspectives: J. G. Ballard, with an introduction, interview and essay, (London: Bloomsbury, 2008), ISBN 9780826497260

Selected peer-reviewed articles (forthcoming and published since 2012)

Hearing History: Sound and Survival in Leonora Carrington’s Literary Surrealisms, in Edinburgh Companion to Experimental Women Writers (1900 - present), ed. Kaye Mitchell. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 2016

‘“Men in Fascism”: Visions of the New Man in the Work of Wyndham Lewis and the B.U.F. Press’, in The Fascist New Man, ed. Matthew Feldman. London: Palgrave. 2016

‘Post/Colonial Perspectives: Surrealisms, Fascisms and the Persistence of Colonialism in Angela Carter’s 1970s Writings’, in Searching for Culture (EU-funded Innovation of Cultural Studies Project), ed. Pavlina Flajsarova. Olomouc: University of Palacky Press. 2016

'Translations and Transitions: After Dark, Kafka on the Shore and Japanese Surrealisms' in Contemporary Critical Perspectives: Haruki Murakami, ed. Sebastian Groes. London & New York: Bloomsbury. 2015

'Self-Translation and Holocaust Writing: Leonora Carrington's Down Below', in Translating Holocaust Lives, ed. Jean Boase-Beier. London and New York: Bloomsbury. 2015

'Accident and Apocalypse in the Writing of Alan Burns', in Surrealism, Science Fiction and Comic Books, ed. Gavin Parkinson. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. 2015

'Exquisite Corpse: Un/Dressing History in Fruits of the Lemon and The Long Song' in Contemporary Critical Perspectives: Andrea Levy, eds. Jeannette Baxter and David James. London & New York: Bloomsbury. 2014

'The Persistence of Surrealism: Dream, Memory and the Dead', in Memory: Eight Notes for the New Millennium

(commissioned essay by AHRC Memory Network), ed. Sebastian Groes. London: Palgrave. 2014

'Surrealist Vertigo in Schwindle Gefühle', in A Literature of Restitution: Critical Essays on W. G. Sebald, eds. Jeannette Baxter, Valerie Henitiuk, Ben Hutchinson. Manchester: Manchester University Press. ISBN 9780719088520. 2013

'Critical Dictionary: Or My Idea of Fun' (A Surrealist Intervention) March 2013, available on Will Self's blogspot 2013

'Encountering the Holocaust in J. G. Ballard's Post-War Short Stories', Textual Practice, Vol. 26, Issue 3, pp. 379-398. 2012

Recent presentations and conferences

‘Fascism and Shopping: Empire and Capital in J. G. Ballard’s Contemporary Surrealisms’, Global Realisms, University of Kent, April 2015.

‘Post/Colonial Perspectives: Surrealisms, Fascisms and the Persistence of Colonialism in

Angela Carter’s 1970s Writings’, Searching for Culture (Interdisciplinary Innovation of Culture studies), Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic, October 2014.

'Men in Fascism': Visions of the New Man in the Work of Wyndham Lewis and the B.U.F. Press; invited paper at 'The Fascist New Man Conference', CFAFPFs, University of Teesside, September 2014

'Sounding the Surrealist Archive: Listening to Concrete Island', invited paper at ‘Archiving the Future: J.G. Ballard's Concrete Island Forty Years On’, University of York, July 2014

'Fascism and the Politics of Nowhere in Kingdom Come', keynote lecture at 'Landscapes of Tomorrow: J.G. Ballard in Space and Time', University of Leeds, May 2014

'Surrealisms, Fascisms and the Post-War Imagination: Re-reading The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman', paper given at 'Contemporary Experimental Women's Writing Conference', Manchester University, October 2013


'Critical Dictionary: Or My Idea of Fun', keynote at 'Will Self and the Art of the Contemporary',
University of Roehampton, March 2013

'Atrocity Exhibitions: Ballard and the Media', public lecture, Cambridge, 12 June 2012