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Dr Julie Taylor

Senior Lecturer in American Studies/Literature; Programme Leader BA American Studies

Department: Humanities

Julie joined Northumbria in 2012 from a lectureship at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where she held the Randall MacIver Junior Research Fellowship 2010-2012.

I joined Northumbria in 2012 from a lectureship at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where I held the Randall MacIver Junior Research Fellowship 2010-2012. I completed my PhD in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York in 2010 after a Master’s degree at York and a BA in English at Somerville College, Oxford.

Campus Address

Office: Lipman 416E

0191 277 3463

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Julie Taylor is the author of Djuna Barnes and Affective Modernism (Edinburgh UP, 2012) and the editor of Modernism and Affect (Edinburgh UP, 2015). Her primary area of research is twentieth-century literature and culture, and she has written on authors including Hart Crane, Jean Toomer, Gertrude Stein and W.E.B. Du Bois. Her work is motivated by ongoing interests in gender and sexuality, race, affect theory, and reading practices in literary studies. 

Her current and future research interests include a project on the figure of the child and the role of ‘childishness’ in twentieth-century literature, culture, and theory, and a study of the British novelist Ronald Firbank (1886-1926). 

She has supervised PhD dissertations on a range of twentieth-century authors (including Djuna Barnes, Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys) and welcomes inquiries from potential doctoral candidates.

Current/Recent Projects

AHRC doctoral award 2006-2009

Joanna Randall MacIver Junior Research Fellowship 2010-2012


Key Publications


Djuna Barnes and Affective Modernism (Edinburgh University Press, 2012). 

(as editor) Modernism and Affect (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015) 

Articles and essays: 

‘Cultivating Childishness: The Gertrude Stein First Reader and the Reparative Turn in Criticism’, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature (forthcoming 2018/19) 


‘Making Contact: Affect, Queer Historiography, and “Our Djuna”’, in Shattered Objects: Djuna Barnes’s Modernism, eds. Elizabeth Pender and Cathryn Setz (Penn State University Press, forthcoming 2017/18). 


‘On Holding and Being Held: Hart Crane’s Queer Intimacy’, Twentieth Century Literature 60.3 (Fall 2014): 305–36 


'“Grimly Sentimental”: Pleasure, Trauma, and Djuna Barnes’s Ryder’ in The Sentimental Mode: Essays in Literature, Film and Television eds, Jennifer A. Williamson, Jennifer Larson, and Ashley Reed (McFarland and Co., 2014), 56-69 


"Revising The Antiphon, Restaging Trauma; or, Where Sexual Politics Meet Textual History". Modernism/modernity. 18.1 (January 2011): 125-147. 


'"The Voice of the Prophet": From Astrological Quackery to Sexological Authority in Djuna Barnes's Ladies Almanack', Modern Fiction Studies 55.4 (Winter 2009): 616-63


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