Dr Jeannette Baxter

Senior Lecturer and Research Convenor

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Department of English and Media

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: English literature

Courses taught: English Literature, Philosophy and English Literature, Writing and English Literature, English Literature

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.

Untitled Page

jeannette.baxter@anglia.ac.uk

Background

Untitled Page

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, presenting her work regularly to international academic and non-academic audiences, and editing Contemporary Critical Perspectives, a critically-acclaimed book series on contemporary writing (London and New York: Bloomsbury Press). 12 CCP volumes have been published since 2008. For full details, and future projects, visit the Bloomsbury website. For 2015 Jeannette held a guest research fellowship in the field of Contemporary Literature at Palacký University, Olomouc (Czech Republic).

Jeannette is developing her research with contemporary artists, academic partners and research networks, and third parties. For example, she is Co-Director (with Dr Mick Gowar) of ‘New Routes Old Roots: Literature of Migration and Exile’, a new research group that aims to actively encourage scholarly examination of, and public engagement with, the extraordinarily rich and varied oral, written and graphic texts that are written within or reflecting upon the experience of exile and migration. For further information on the group, forthcoming events, and how you can contribute to this very important area of research please email newroutesoldroots@gmail.com.

Jeannette’s other research collaborations include projects on text, image and memory with the artist and writer Fay Ballard; various projects relating to Surrealism, the unconscious and neuroscience with The Memory Network; and literature-based workshops and lectures on fascisms and the Arts with Counterpoints Arts and The Centre for Fascist, anti-fascist and post-fascist studies (CFAPS, Teesside University). Jeannette is currently developing her research on modern and contemporary literature and fascisms in her second monograph, Exquisite Corpse: Literature /Surrealisms /Anti /Fascisms, which reads a range of British Surrealist literature as varieties of anti-fascism.

Research interests

  • The relationship between modern and contemporary literature and fascisms
  • Modern and contemporary literatures of migration and exile
  • The relationship between literature, history, politics and the visual arts (post-1900), especially Surrealism in its global perspectives
  • Surrealism and neuroscience

Areas of research supervision

  • Literatures of migration and exile
  • modern and contemporary literature and fascisms
  • Anglo-American and European literary Surrealisms
  • J G Ballard
  • Holocaust writing
  • Writing WWI
  • Modernism and contemporary literature

Jeannette has a number of PhD projects on topics including:

  • J G Ballard in relation to various fields, including film, neuroscience
  • Thomas Hardy and Modernism
  • Nigerian literature and magic realism
  • Transcultural Writing
  • The exilic imagination
  • Surrealism, Literature and Animation

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

Untitled Page

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, forthcoming 2017).

'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, forthcoming 2017).

‘Fascisms and the Politics of Nowhere in Kingdom Come’, in J. G. Ballard: Landscapes of Tomorrow, eds. Richard Brown, Chris Duffy, Elizabeth Stainforth. (Leiden: Brill Press, forthcoming 2016).

'Sounding Surrealist Historiography: Listening to Concrete Island', Literary Geographies, (forthcoming special journal issue, 2016).

'Self-Translation and Holocaust Writing: Leonora Carrington's Down Below', in Translating Holocaust Lives, eds. Jean Boase-Beier, Peter Davies, Andrea Hammel & Marion Winters. (London and New York: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 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.

‘Don’t Confuse the Map with the Territory’, ‘The Drowned World’ exhibition catalogue with illustrations by Phil Goss and Fay Ballard, 2015.

'Accident and Apocalypse in the Writing of Alan Burns', inSurrealism, 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


Other public engagement

‘Inner Space: J. G. Ballard in the Seventies A Symposium. Invited panel member with Iain Sinclair (novelist) and Fay Ballard (Artist), 13th March 2016. British Library.

‘A Thousand Journeys, A Thousand Stories: The Literature of Exile and Migration’. Host of launch event for ARU research group, Old Roots, New Routes: The Literature of Exile and Migration. 3rd December 2015, Anglia Ruskin University.

‘The Great Gatsby: A Modern Classic’, Public lecture and outreach event. 1 & 2 December 2015, Anglia Ruskin University.

‘The Drowned World’, an exhibition of drawings and critical writings in collaboration with Phil Goss and Fay Ballard, 8-11th May, 2015, Aldeburgh Look-Out Tower, Suffolk.

‘Alligators in the Hall’, an exhibition of drawings and critical writings in collaboration with Phil Goss and Fay Ballard, 22-27 July, 2015, Centre for Recent Drawing, London.