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Victoria Bazin

Senior Lecturer in American Literature

Department: Humanities

Victoria BazinI did my first degree in American Studies which included a year at the University of Minnesota. I then went on to study for an MA in English literature at King’s College, London followed by a brief period in publishing. I returned to academia taking up a lectureship in American literature at Middlesex University from 1990-1992.  I then taught at the University of East Anglia while studying for a PhD (1992-96).  

After this I went to York University in 1995 and joined Northumbria University in 1996. I have published journal articles on twentieth century women’s writing including editing a special issue on women and age and recently completed a monograph on the poet Marianne Moore. I also act as a peer reviewer for the AHRC.

Campus Address

Office: Lipman 413

0191 227 3419


BA (Essex), American Studies MA (King's College, London)

English Literature PhD (East Anglia)

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research interests rest primarily in twentieth century American poetic modernism though I have also published on contemporary British women’s writing. My first monograph, Marianne Moore and the Cultures of Modernity (Ashgate, 2010) is a consideration of the poet’s engagement with her contemporary culture. This has led to an interest in Moore’s editorship of The Dial magazine between 1925 and 1929 and I am now working on a monograph on this subject tentatively entitled,The Dial Magazine and The Production of Modernism. In addition, I am extending my research on modernism to consider the Objectivist poetry of Lorine Niedecker.

A second strand of research, related to the work on periodical culture, is a project with Dr Mel Waters on ‘second wave’ British feminist periodicals. Dr Waters and I will be co-editing a special issue of Women: A Cultural Review in 2015 entitled: ‘From Suffrage to Second Wave: Feminist Periodical Culture in Britain’.

Member of AHRC Peer Review College

I have taught widely in American literature and culture from the Puritans to the late twentieth century. I have developed introductory modules on literary theory and American literary culture as well as special subjects in post-war U.S. Writing, American Gothic Writing and Modern American Poetry. I am also the convenor for the core second year module, Modernism and Modernity and have taught at post-graduate level on both English and Cultural History MA courses. In relation to my work with the Cetl I have enhanced existing and developed new assessment practices.

Current/Recent Projects

British Academy Travel Grant for “Marianne Moore and The Dial Magazine” (2011-2012)

Marianne Moore and the Cultures of Modernity (AHRB Research Leave Scheme 2002)

Key Publications

‘Hysterical Virgins and Little Magazines: Marianne Moore’s Editorship of The Dial’ in The Journal of Modern Periodical Studies4 (2013), 55-75.

‘Lorine Niedecker, Henri Bergson and the Poetics of Temporal Flow’ in The British Journal of American Studies 46 (2012), 977-996.

‘Tune in and Turn On: Learning to Listen in Zora Neale Hurtson’s Their Eyes Were Watching God’ in Gina Wisker (ed.) Teaching African American Women’s Writing (Palgrave, 2010)

Marianne Moore and the Cultures of Modernity (Ashgate 2010)

Biographical sketch of Peter Widdowson in Barker, Simon and Jo Gill (eds)  Literature as History: Essays in Honour of Peter Widdowson (Continuum, 2009)

‘Commodifying the Past: Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook as Nostalgic Narrative ‘, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 43 (2008): 117-11.


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