Mr Brian Fox

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Other work

I co-convene the University of London Finnegans Wake Research Seminar, which focuses on close textual and historical readings of the Wake. I am also currently a member of the Charles Peake Ulysses research seminar, also held at the University of London, and of the International Flann O’Brien Society. I also participated in and taught at the 2013 Dickens Universe event at the University of California, Santa Cruz, for which I was awarded a Student Scholarship.

Personal profile

I completed my BA in English Studies at Trinity College Dublin in 2003, having also spent a year studying at Université Paris Diderot Paris 7. I subsequently taught in Japan for two years before returning to the UK to study for my MA in 20th-Century Literature and Its Intellectual Contexts at Goldsmiths, University of London. I started my PhD in Royal Holloway, UL, in 2008, for which I was awarded a full College Research Scholarship.

Research interests

The title of my thesis is ‘“land of breach of breach of promise”: James Joyce and America’. This project addresses the question of Joyce’s attitude to America, with an emphasis on an historical-materialist reading. The most prevalent views of Joyce ― whether as an international modernist or a postmodern liberal ― have been of an author ‘invented by Americans’, in Flann O’Brien’s phrase. This thesis will reverse the vector in question. It will integrally address the question of Joyce’s attitude to American history, politics and culture. In doing so, it will aim to raise important questions regarding the ‘automatic fit’ between America and Joyce that criticism has tended to take for granted.

Research interests (continued)

My research interests are in all aspects of Anglo-American literary modernism and transatlantic studies. I have a particular interest in the works of James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Flann O’Brien, and twentieth-century Irish literature. I have presented my research findings at a wide range of conferences in the UK and abroad.

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