Dr Leo Mellor, Murray Edwards



Biographical Information

I studied at King's College Cambridge for my BA; then at the University of Sussex for an MPhil in twentieth century literature; then back to Cambridge for a PhD on George Barker, autodidacts and 1930s poetry. I've also spent significant amounts of time in Hokkaido (northern Japan) and Berlin

Research Interests

Modernism and twentieth-century literature; war writing; contemporary poetry; Anglo-Welsh literature. I'm also a member of the literature technology media research group in the English Faculty

Areas of Graduate Supervision

British literature of the 1900s-50s. Authors of special interest: W.H. Auden, George Barker, Elizabeth Bowen, Patrick Hamilton, David Gascoyne, W.S. Graham, Henry Green, Anna Kavan, Malcolm Lowry, Rose Macaulay, Lynette Roberts, William Sansom, Colin Simms, Dylan Thomas, Edward Upward. Areas of particular interest: nature writing, wars and rumours of wars, the Modernist city, phenomenology, documentary writing & film, subcultures & queering the 1930s, and literary experimentation.

Selected Publications


The Long 1930s: British Literature 1926-1949, in preparation.

Reading the Ruins: Bombsites, Modernism and British Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Chapters and articles

'Myth and the autodidact: George Barker in the 1930s', in Modernist Cultures, forthcoming 2015.

'Late Modernism and WWII' in The Cambridge History of Modernism, ed. Vincent Sherry (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2015).

'Early Graham Greene' in The Oxford Research Reviews in Literature (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2014).

‘The unburied past & walking with ghosts’, in The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry, ed. Peter Robinson (Oxford University Press, 2013).

'Narcissus and a trust fund: George Barker and T.S. Eliot', Journal of the TS Eliot Society (2013), 27-37.

'The lure of Wilderness' in The Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Environment ed. Louise Westling (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

'Cityscape: the bombed city' in The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-century British and American War Literature eds. Adam Piette and Mark Rawlinson (Edinburgh University Press, 2012).

‘London and Literature – 1900-1950’ for The Cambridge Companion to London ed. Lawrence Manley (Cambridge University
Press, 2011).

Selected Reviews

'Thrills of Destruction' [review of the Ruin Lust exhibition at Tate Britain, London], Times Higher Education Supplement, 13 March 2014.

'Wastelands to Wonderlands' [review of Writing Britain at the British Library], Times Higher Education Supplement 10 May 2012.

Review of Lara Feigel, Literature, Cinema and Politics: Reading between the Frames. In Modernism and Modernity, 19.4. (2012).

Review of Julia Hell & Andreas Schönle (eds), Ruins of Modernity. In Forum for Modern Language Studies, 48.1 (2012).

'Expressing the rapidity of life’ [review essay], Cambridge Quarterly 40.1, (2011).