Ms Sophie Oliver

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Personal profile

I am finishing a PhD in the English department at Royal Holloway, where I teach courses on modernism.

My doctoral thesis, funded by the AHRC and entitled ’Make it new? Modernism, fashion and transatlantic modernity', focuses on the work of Djuna Barnes, Mina Loy and Jean Rhys. I explore these writers’ relationships with fashion – from clothes to literary vogues – in the context of a cultural study of Paris between the wars. 

Research interests

Literary modernism, especially women writers; visual cultures

Other work

I recently curated an exhibition at the British Library on the making of Jean Rhys's reputation. More information here:


Educational background

2002–05, BA History of Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London

2009–11, MA Modern and Contemporary Literature, Birkbeck College, University of London

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