Sian Round, Jesus

Degree: PhD
Course: AmLit
Supervisor: Dr Sarah Meer

Biographical Information

I began my PhD at Jesus College in 2019 and I am supervised by Dr Fiona Green and Dr Sarah Meer. My provisional dissertation title is 'The Literary Magazine in the US South, 1920-45'. Previously, I undertook my undergraduate degree at Durham University where I wrote a dissertation on the British Reception of William Faulkner and completed my masters at the University of Oxford with a dissertation on Conceptualisations of Europe in the Journalism and Fiction of Lillian Smith.

I am Book Reviews Editor for United States Studies Online: https://usso.uk/books-out-for-review/. In 2020-21, I was on the committee for the faculty's Graduate Research Forum and a co-convenor of the American Literature Research Seminar (2020-21). 

Research Interests

My research on the US South explores the transatlantic influence, circulation, and reception of interwar literary magazines, and how editors shaped Southern identity - broadly defined as any relationship to their 'Southernness' - within these magazines while participating in avant-garde transatlantic networks. My work thus reevaluates the role that periodicals played in the emergence of the (idea of a) Southern Renaissance and the impact this had on Southern literature throughout the twentieth century.

The magazines I focus on in my dissertation are: The Double Dealer (1921-26), The Reviewer (1921-25), The Fugitive (1922-25), Contempo (1931-34), The Southern Review (1935-42), and South Today (1936-45).

General research interests: The US South, transatlantic exchanges, periodicals and little magazines, reception studies, cultural history, dialect writing, race.

Authors I am particularly interested in (both in and out of my period): Lillian Smith, William Faulkner, Robert Penn Warren, John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate, Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, Carson McCullers, Katherine Anne Porter, Ellen Glasgow, Evelyn Scott, Julia Peterkin, Caroline Gordon, Toni Morrison, Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Percival Everett.

Areas of Supervision

I currently supervise students for Paper 1 (Practical Criticism and Critical Practice), Paper 7A (English Literature 1830-1945), Paper 7B (English Literature 1870-Present Day), and Paper 14 (American Literature) as well as supervising undergraduate dissertations in relevant areas to my research.

I am happy to supervise students in any aspect of American literature, literary magazines, modernism, and any other of my research interests.

Selected Publications