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Faith Binckes

Personal statement

My principal interests lie in the period 1880-1960, although I've recently started work on the final decades of the twentieth century. I'm particularly drawn to projects that move across disciplines (or across boundaries of other kinds) and to figures or media that have generally escaped the academic mainstream.

I frequently work on periodical texts, on women's writing, and on the relationships between literary and visual art, although I'm interested in print and material culture generally. Most of my research to date has been focused on literary and artistic modernism in Britain. My book Modernism, Magazines, and the British avant-garde looks at the years immediately before 1914. My co-authored work on Irish author, journalist and translator Hannah Lynch (1859-1904)  situates Lynch within a complex and international network of female authors, many of whom had been marginalised within earlier processes of feminist recovery. In 2018, I completed work on a volume of collected essays on women, periodicals and print culture in Britain in 'the modernist era'. This is an ambitious collection, co-edited with Carey Snyder of Ohio University, comprising 27 essays situated at the intersection of feminist periodical studies and modernist periodical studies. There is still plenty of work to be done in this field, and we are hoping to take a more global perspective on the issue in a project under discussion in 2019. 

I was one of organisers of BLAST 2014, an international conference at Bath Spa celebrating the centenary of the Vorticist magazine BLAST. I am editing a volume of Wyndham Lewis's later art writing (post-1930) for the Collected Works of Wyndham Lewis (General Editor: Paul Edwards).  In 2019 and 2020, I also hope to progress a couple of ongoing projects on art writing, and to complete a short study of magazines and/as figures of 'curiosity'.

Academic qualifications

  • BA Cambridge University
  • M.St. Oxford University
  • D.Phil Oxford University.

Professional memberships

  • Modernist Studies Association
  • British Association of Modernist Studies
  • SHARP.

Other external roles

  • External examiner - University of Swansea
  • External reader/peer-reviewer: Oxford University Press, Edinburgh University Press, Modernism/Modernity, Modernist Cultures, Visual Culture in Britain, Women: a Cultural Review

Teaching specialisms

  • Nineteenth and twentieth-century literature and visual arts
  • Modernism
  • Periodical and print culture
  • Women's literary and artistic production

I am module co-ordinator for:

  • Critical Reading 4: Equivocal Matter (Level 5 core module, Semester 2): ENG5001
  • The English Project (Level 6 core module): EN6001
  • Aspects of Modernism (EN6007) and Modernist Networks (2019-2020)

I also teach on:

  • Decadence to the Naughties (ENG4012, Semester 2) 
  • Print, Book, and Candle: Making, Selling, Reading (ENG4013, Semester 2)
  • The Victorian Spectacular: producing the modern (ENG5015, Semester 2) 

Research supervision

I have supervised, or am supervising, doctoral projects on contemporary publishing, on Wyndham Lewis, and on twentieth-century women's writing. I would be particularly interested in hearing from graduates working on 

  • literary and visual modernisms and
  • nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century periodical and print cultures

Research and academic outputs

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Women, periodicals and print culture in Britain, 1890s-1920s: the Modernist period
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Binckes, F and Snyder, C, eds. (2019) Women, periodicals and print culture in Britain, 1890s-1920s: the Modernist period. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. ISBN 9781474450645


Hannah Lynch (1859-1904): Irish writer, cosmopolitan, New Woman
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Binckes, F and Laing, K (2019) Hannah Lynch (1859-1904): Irish writer, cosmopolitan, New Woman. Cork University Press, Cork. ISBN 9781782053330


Modernism, magazines, and the British avant-garde: reading rhythm, 1910-1914
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Binckes, F (2010) Modernism, magazines, and the British avant-garde: reading rhythm, 1910-1914. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780199252527


"A kind of minute note-book, to be published some day": Katherine Mansfield in the Adelphi, 1923-1924
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Binckes, F (2019) '"A kind of minute note-book, to be published some day": Katherine Mansfield in the Adelphi, 1923-1924.' In: Binckes, F and Snyder, C, eds. Women, periodicals and print culture in Britain, 1890s-1920s: the Modernist period. Edinburgh History of Women's Periodical Culture in Britain . Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. ISBN 9781474450645 (Forthcoming)


Modernist magazines
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Binckes, F (2018) 'Modernist magazines.' In: Maude, U and Nixon, M, eds. The Bloomsbury companion to modernist literature. Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 9781780936413


Journalism and periodical culture
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Binckes, F (2016) 'Journalism and periodical culture.' In: Marcus, L, Mendelssohn, M and Shepherd-Barr, K.E, eds. Late Victorian into Modern. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780198704393


'Harsh laughter': reading Tarr
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Binckes, F (2015) ''Harsh laughter': reading Tarr.' In: Gasiorek, A and Waddell, N, eds. Wyndham Lewis: a critical guide. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. ISBN 9780748685684


'Rival attractions of the season': land war fiction, Christmas annuals, and the early writing of Hannah Lynch
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Binckes, F and Laing, K (2014) ''Rival attractions of the season': land war fiction, Christmas annuals, and the early writing of Hannah Lynch.' In: Hansson, H and Murphy, J.H, eds. Fictions of the Irish land war. Peter Lang, Bern, pp. 57-80. ISBN 9783034309998


A vagabond's scrutiny: Hannah Lynch in Europe
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Binckes, F and Laing, K (2011) 'A vagabond's scrutiny: Hannah Lynch in Europe.' In: D'Hoker, E, Ingelbien, R and Schwall, H, eds. Irish women writers: new critical perspectives. Reimagining Ireland . Peter Lang, pp. 111-132. ISBN 9783034302494


From 'wild Irish girl' to 'Parisianised foreigner': Hannah Lynch and France
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Binckes, F and Laing, K (2010) 'From 'wild Irish girl' to 'Parisianised foreigner': Hannah Lynch and France.' In: Maher, E and O'Brien, E, eds. War of the words: literary rebellion in France and Ireland. Universite de Rennes, Rennes. ISBN 9782917681060


Rhythm, reproduction, and the textual dialogues of early modernism
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Binckes, F (2007) 'Rhythm, reproduction, and the textual dialogues of early modernism.' In: Churchill, S and McKible, A, eds. Little magazines and modernism. Ashgate, Aldershot. ISBN 9780754660149


We live in a world of art historians: they do funny things: framing Old Vort
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Binckes, F (2012) 'We live in a world of art historians: they do funny things: framing Old Vort.' Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies, 3. pp. 4-27. ISSN 0142-6214


Irish autobiographical fiction and Hannah Lynch's autobiography of a child
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Binckes, F and Laing, K (2012) 'Irish autobiographical fiction and Hannah Lynch's autobiography of a child.' English Literature in Transition 1880 - 1920, 55 (2). pp. 195-218. ISSN 0013-8339


A forgotten Franco-Irish literary network: Hannah Lynch, Arvède Barine and salon culture of fin-de-Siècle Paris
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Binckes, F and Laing, K (2011) 'A forgotten Franco-Irish literary network: Hannah Lynch, Arvède Barine and salon culture of fin-de-Siècle Paris.' Etudes Irlandaises, 36 (2). pp. 157-171. ISSN 0183-973X


The kangaroo and the fountain-pen: Nina Hamnett and the artist as autobiographer
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Binckes, F (2017) The kangaroo and the fountain-pen: Nina Hamnett and the artist as autobiographer. In: Word and Image: the Second Modernist Network Cymru, 12 - 13 September 2017, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Wales.


"Whet your contentiousness": enemy material, 1927-1929
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Binckes, F (2017) "Whet your contentiousness": enemy material, 1927-1929. In: Modernist Studies Association 19: Modernism Today, 10 - 13 August, Amsterdam, Netherlands.


Hannah Lynch: transnational literary networks and vagabondage
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Binckes, F and Laing, K (2016) Hannah Lynch: transnational literary networks and vagabondage. In: Occluded Narratives: Researching Irish Women’s Writing 1880-1910, 25 - 26 November 2016, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland.


‘I am for this particular ghost’: the medium and the editor in Wyndham Lewis’s later art writings.
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Binckes, F (2016) ‘I am for this particular ghost’: the medium and the editor in Wyndham Lewis’s later art writings. In: Editing Modernism/Modernist Editing, 12-13 May 2016, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK.


Making faces: caricature, tradition & periodical culture from Victorian to Modern
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Binckes, F (2015) Making faces: caricature, tradition & periodical culture from Victorian to Modern. In: Making It New: Victorian and Modernist Literature and Periodicals 1875-1935, 28 February 2015, De Montfort University.


'We do not know what it is we have forgotten': gender, canonicity and the lives of the obscure
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Binckes, F (2014) 'We do not know what it is we have forgotten': gender, canonicity and the lives of the obscure. In: Oxford Centre for Life Writing: research workshop, 27 November 2014, Wolfson College, University of Oxford.


Air-filled rooms: periodicals, modernism, and the eclectic tradition
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Binckes, F (2013) Air-filled rooms: periodicals, modernism, and the eclectic tradition. In: Modernist Magazines Research Seminar, 14 November 2013, Senate House, University of London.


Osmazone: Ithell Colquhoun, automatism and the literary field
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Binckes, F (2013) Osmazone: Ithell Colquhoun, automatism and the literary field. In: Modernist Studies Association 15th Annual Conference, 29 August - 1 September 2013, University of Sussex.


Katherine Mansfield and Rhythm magazine
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Binckes, F (2012) Katherine Mansfield and Rhythm magazine.


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