Areas of Expertise: 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, the relationship between modern and contemporary literature and fascisms, and the medical humanities.
Jeannette joined Anglia Ruskin in 2007, having previously taught at the University of East Anglia where she completed her PhD (awarded 2006). She has taught in Germany and the Czech Republic, where she has also held guest research fellowships. Jeannette 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.
Jeannette is developing her research with contemporary artists, academic partners and research networks, community groups and third parties. For example, Jeannette is Director of New Routes, Old Roots, an arts-based research group that works with students, artists, museums and community groups in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire in order to explore, and raise awareness of, historical and contemporary experiences of exile and migration heritage through the arts.
Jeannette is currently working on a number of NROR community-arts and activism projects, which are underpinned by her own research and that produced by citizen researcher communities, which she also leads. Recent projects include:
Current projects include:
In her role as Co-Director (literature strand) for the Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy, Jeannette has collaborated with contemporary visual artists, including Fay Ballard and Henna-Riike Halonen. Details of Pareidolia, a spatial acoustic collaboration for radio with Halonen, based on Jeannette’s research into surrealism and Edward Upward, can be found on the Wysing Arts Centre website.
Jeannette has a number of PhD projects on topics including:
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)
‘Sounding Surrealist Historiography: Listening to Concrete Island, Literary Geographies, (Special Issue on Ballard’s Concrete Island), Volume 2, No. 1. Open Access Journal. ISSN: ISSN 2397-1797.
'Fascism and the Politics of Nowhere in Kingdom Come', in J.G. Ballard: Landscapes of Tomorrow, eds. Richard Brown, Christpher Duffy and Elizabeth Stainforth (Amsterdam: Brill 2016). ISBN 978-04-31385.
‘The Persistence of Surrealism: Memory, Dreams and the Dead’, in Memory in the Twenty-First Century (commissioned essay by AHRC Memory Network), ed. Sebastian Groes (London: Palgrave, 2016). ISBN-10: 134956642X.
‘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). ISBN 978-80-244-4732-2.
' "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).
'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.
‘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.
‘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
‘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.