Dr Rebecca Bowler

Title: Lecturer in Twentieth-Century English Literature
Phone: (+44) 01782 733017
Email: r.m.bowler@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBB2.037
Role: Open Day Co-ordinator
Contacting me: By email; my office hours are on Mondays, 2-4pm

Before taking up the Lectureship at Keele in September 2016 I was Research Associate on the Dorothy Richardson Scholarly Editions Project, editing the collected letters and complete fiction of the modernist writer Dorothy Richardson for publication with OUP. I am co-founder of the May Sinclair Society and General Editor on the forthcoming Edinburgh Critical Editions of the Works of May Sinclair, which will publish Sinclair's complete prose writings. My monograph, Literary Impressionism: Vision and Memory in Dorothy Richardson, Ford Madox Ford, H.D. and May Sinclair was published by Bloomsbury in September 2016.This book charts the modernist crisis of vision, and the way the literary impressionists Richardson, Ford, H.D., and Sinclair used new concepts of memory in order to bridge the gap between perception and representation. I am interested in all aspects of modernism, modernist aesthetics and modernist interdisciplinary historicism, and would welcome PhD proposals in these areas.

I am co-founder of the May Sinclair Society, and I run the Society's website, which is a resource for modernist scholars and fans of Sinclair more generally - http://www.maysinclairsociety.com

I am a textual editor and am interested in the reception history of modernist texts, the material culture of books and their physicality, and the exigencies of editing modernist texts. I am an invited member of the New Modernist Editing network and General Editor on the forthcoming Edinburgh Critical Editions of the Works of May Sinclair, which will publish Sinclair’s fiction and her philosophy and non-fiction in themed ‘tranches’: philosophy and mysticism, psychology and genius, women, war and feminism, and social realism and social satire.

My interest in interdisciplinary modernism extends to the work of Ford Madox Ford, H.D., Bryher and Dorothy Richardson. I am interested in the networks between these writers and the ways they responded to their reading in contemporary issues: politics, philosophy and art. I am also conducting research into food and diet reform in modernist literature and the early-twentieth century fascination with physical culture and 'fit'/'fit for purpose' bodies.

Selected Publications

  • Bowler R. 2016. Literary Impressionism Vision and Memory in Dorothy Richardson, Ford Madox Ford, H.D. and May Sinclair. Bloomsbury Publishing.
  • Bowler RM. 2016. ‘May Sinclair and Physical Culture: Fit Greeks and Flabby Victorians’. In May Sinclair: Rethinking Bodies and Minds. Bowler R and Drewery C (Eds.). Edinburgh University Press.
  • McCracken S and Bowler R. 2016. Wet Aesthetics: Immersion versus the 'perfect imbecility' of the stream in Dorothy Richardson's Pilgrimage. In Reconnecting Aestheticism and Modernism Continuities, Revisions, Speculations. Routledge.
  • Bowler RM. 2016. Hospitality, Nostalgia, and the Itinerant Hero(ine) in Dorothy Richardson’s Pilgrimage and Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End. In Security and Hospitality in literature and culture: modern and contemporary perspectives. Clapp J and Ridge E (Eds.). London: Routledge.
  • Bowler RM. 2015. Pot-boilers or “Glimpses” of Reality? The Cultural and the Material in the Modernist Short Story. In British Women Short Story Writers: The New Woman To Now. Young E and Bailey J (Eds.). Edinburgh University Press.

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Bowler R. 2016. Literary Impressionism Vision and Memory in Dorothy Richardson, Ford Madox Ford, H.D. and May Sinclair. Bloomsbury Publishing.

Journal Articles

  • Bowler RM. 2015. ‘“I wish I had a really stunning dress”: Fashion, Poverty, and Performance in Dorothy Richardson’s Pilgrimage’. ilgrimages: The Journal of Dorothy Richardson Studies.
  • Bowler RM. 2015. ‘The Cast of Backwater: A Biographical Note’. Pilgrimages: The Journal of Dorothy Richardson Studies.
  • Bowler RM. 2011. ‘“The beauty of your line – the life behind it”: Katherine Mansfield and the Double Impression’. Katherine Mansfield Studies, vol. 3(1). doi>

Chapters

  • Bowler RM. 2016. ‘May Sinclair and Physical Culture: Fit Greeks and Flabby Victorians’. In May Sinclair: Rethinking Bodies and Minds. Bowler R and Drewery C (Eds.). Edinburgh University Press.
  • McCracken S and Bowler R. 2016. Wet Aesthetics: Immersion versus the 'perfect imbecility' of the stream in Dorothy Richardson's Pilgrimage. In Reconnecting Aestheticism and Modernism Continuities, Revisions, Speculations. Routledge.
  • Bowler RM. 2016. Hospitality, Nostalgia, and the Itinerant Hero(ine) in Dorothy Richardson’s Pilgrimage and Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End. In Security and Hospitality in literature and culture: modern and contemporary perspectives. Clapp J and Ridge E (Eds.). London: Routledge.
  • Bowler RM. 2015. Pot-boilers or “Glimpses” of Reality? The Cultural and the Material in the Modernist Short Story. In British Women Short Story Writers: The New Woman To Now. Young E and Bailey J (Eds.). Edinburgh University Press.

Other

  • Bowler RM. 2012. ‘“Stream of Consciousness”, Drama and Reality: What is really going on in May Sinclair’s review of Dorothy Richardson’s Pilgrimage?’.
  • Bowler RM. 2012. ‘Biography: May Sinclair, 1863-1946’.

In the 2016/7 academic year I will be teaching on Telling Tales, Modernist Manifestos and Magazines, Twentieth-Century Literature and Transatlantic Gothic. I will also be giving lectures on Reading Literature and for the MA module Criticism, Analysis, Theory (CAT).