Lisa Feklistova, Newnham

Degree: PhD
Course: 1830-PD
Supervisor: Dr Rod Mengham
Dissertation Title:

'Going through the Motions' - Portrayals of Mobility in the Modern Short Story

Biographical Information

I read English Literature and Film & Television Studies at Glasgow University, graduating with a first in 2016. I went on to obtain an MSc in Literature and Modernity from Edinburgh University in 2017, graduating with distinction. I subsequently worked for the Berlin-based publisher Inkitt as a scout for literary talent, before commencing my doctoral project at the University of Cambridge in 2018. In 2020, I was one of the convenors of the 20th Century and Contemporary Graduate Seminar series at Cambridge Univesity. I am currently a member of the European Network for Short Fiction Research (ENSFR). 

Research Interests

Intuitively, new transportation technologies lessen insularity, facilitate interpersonal connection, and encourage individulal mobility. My doctoral dissertation examines short stories by Thomas Hardy, James Joyce, Jean Rhys, Aldous Huxley and D. H. Lawrence which articulate concerns about precisely the opposite occurring. The short stories of these authors posit that new forms of paralysis, entrapment and disconnection emerged between 1880 and 1930, as a result of railway networks expanding, voyages on cruise-ships becoming increasingly accessible, and motor-cars, omni-busses and bicycles revolutionizing tourism and the commute. 

Further research interests include:

Houses of fiction; Gothic and horror fiction; cities of literature and film; literature and visual culture; Expressionism; psychogeography; fin de siècle literature and culture; writing by 'New Women'; modernist prose (especially short prose); writing of the First World War and the Interwar period; folk tales and ballads; short story theory; novellas. 

Favourite authors include Edgar Allan Poe, Thomas Hardy, Joseph Conrad, Jean Rhys, Daphne du Maurier, Franz Kafka, Hermann Hesse, Aldous Huxley, Vladimir Nabokov, Sylvia Plath, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, Julian Barnes. 

Areas of Supervision

I have taught classes on 'Bad Books - Can Literature be Immoral?' for the Sutton Trust, and have supervised undergraduate dissertations on Jean Rhys, Patrick Hamilton, Katherine Mansfield and H. G. Wells. 

I have furthermore taught classes for practical criticism, Paper 7A, and the Visual Culture Paper. 

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

'The Singular Effect of Brevity - Why Katherine Mansfield's "The Fly" Could Not Have Been a Novel.' Short Fiction in Theory and Practice, vol. 10, no. 2, October 2020, pp. 149-159.

'Joseph Conrad and the Concept-City - Reconstructing London in The Secret Agent.' The Conradian, vol. 44, no. 2, Autumn 2019, pp. 1-18.


I appeared on Episode 18 of the Modernist Podcast to talk about Jean Rhys' short stories:

Short Fiction:

'Phenomenology.' Black Middens - New Writing Scotland 31, edited by Carl MacDougall and Zoë Strachan, Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 2013.