Ms Sophie Oliver

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Personal profile

I recently finished a PhD in the English department at Royal Holloway, where I also taught 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’ creative engagement with and submission to 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

In 2016 I curated an exhibition at the British Library on the making of Jean Rhys's reputation. More information here:

I am currently working on a cultural and speculative history of a dress that once belonged to Jean Rhys and now belongs to me.


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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