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Kristin Bluemel, PhD


Professor of English and Wayne D. McMurray-Helen Bennett Endowed Chair in the Humanities

Graduate Faculty

Graduate Program Director

PhD, Rutgers University

BA, Wesleyan University

Office: Wilson Annex, Room 509

Phone: 732-571-3622


Fall 2018 Courses:

FY 101 First Year Seminar

Regularly Taught Courses:

FY 101 Neverlands: Children's Literature of the Golden Age

EN 202 Literature II

EN 316 Modern British and Irish Literature

EN 416 Secret Gardens: Classic Children's Literature

EN 417 Writing World War II Britain

EN 428 Novel In English

EN 491 Seminar: Intermodernism

EN 500 Critical Theory

EN 502 Seminar in Literary Research

EN 523 Novel in English

EN 540 Modernism in Britain and Ireland

Research Interests:

Twentieth-century British and Irish literature, modernism and intermodernism, rural modernity, the novel, literary criticism and theory, children's literature, visual culture and illustration studies, and book history.



Intermodernism: Literary Culture in Mid-Twentieth-Century Britain. Editor. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009. Paperback issued 2011. US Distribution Columbia University Press. 

George Orwell and the Radical Eccentrics: Intermodernism in Literary London. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

Experimenting on the Borders of Modernism: Dorothy Richardson's Pilgrimage. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1997.

Scholarly Articles:

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

"Rural Modernity and the Wood Engraving Revival in Interwar England." Forthcoming in Modernist Cultures, September 2014.

"Joan Hassall and the Saltire Society Chapbooks: Work in Progress." The Ephemera Journal. 16.3 (2014): 21-23.

"'A Happy Heritage': Children's Poetry Books and the Twentieth-Century Wood Engraving Revival." The Lion and the Unicorn 37.3 (2013): 207-37.

"Exemplary Intermodernists: Stevie Smith, Inez Holden, Betty Miller, and Naomi Mitchison." In Palgrave History of British Women's Writing, 1920-1945. Vol. 8. Ed. Mary Joannou. Series editors Cora Kaplan and Jennie Batchelor. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 40-56.

"The Intimate Orwell: Women's Productions, Feminist Consumption." In Orwell Today. Ed. Richard Lance Keeble. Bury-St. Edmunds: Abramis Academic-Arima Publishers, 2012. 15-29.

"Illustrating Mary Poppins: Visual Culture and the Middlebrow." In Middlebrow Literary Cultures: The Battle of the Brows, 1920-1960. Ed. Mary Grover and Erica Brown. New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 187-201.


Work in Progress

"Ordinary People, Intermodern Genres: Literature and Documentary." In Futility and Anarchy?: British Literature in Transition, 1920-1940. Ed. Dougal McNeill and Charles Ferrall. Cambridge: Cambridge UP.

"Picturing Nostalgia: Rural Modernity and the Wood Engraving Revival in Twentieth-Century Britain." Monograph defining rural modernity through engagement with theories of nostalgia, middlebrow, and interarts and with history of the 1930s wood engraving revival. Supported by case studies of the work, cultural positioning, and cultural legacy of four now-forgotten wood engravers, book designers, artists, and writers: Gwen Raverat (English), Joan Hassall (English), Clare Leighton (English and American), and Agnes Miller Parker (Scottish).

"Rural Modernity: The Cult of the Countryside in Interwar Art and Literature." Proposed collection of critical essays co-edited by Michael McCluskey.



CLA (Children's Literature Association)

The Space Between Society

The Space Between

The Middlebrow Network

The Modernist Studies Association

The Council of Editors of Learned Journals

Professional Associations:

Editorial Board Member, Literary Texts and the Popular Marketplace Book Series, Pickering & Chatto

Additional Information:


Editor 2004-2014. The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945. Annual interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal.

 Co-Founder and Past Co-President, The Space Between Society

 Steering Committee Member, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

 Member of UQC (University Qualifications Committee) 2012-2015

 English Graduate Program Committee

 Past chair of the General Education Oversight Committee (2008-2010)

 Peer faculty observer

 Member of the committee of the department

 Departmental Sabbaticals Committee