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Kristin Bluemel


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

Wilson Annex, 509
Courses this Semester
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.
Links: 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
SERVICE: 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