Dr Beryl Pong

Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow

Contact

Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
Sheffield
S3 7RA


Overview

I joined the School of English as a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow in 2016. Previously, I was a Research Fellow at Jesus College, University of Cambridge (2014-2016), and before that, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto (2014). I was also a Scholar in Residence at Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux Castle during my PhD (2013).

I am a commissioning editor for the ‘Modernist Geographies’ section of Literature Compass. I obtained my PhD at the University of Cambridge, my M.Sc at the University of Edinburgh, and my B.A. Honours at Queen’s University.

I am the Sheffield lead supervisor on the White Rose College of Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) network ‘Electronic Soundscapes’ (2018-2021).


Research

My overall research interests are 20th- and 21st-century Anglophone literature, with especial focus on British modernism and late modernism, and war. My work is informed by cultural studies and cultural history, and I have an abiding interest in narrative and genre studies, and in the interdisciplinary intersections between literature and other media.

I am currently completing my first book, a literary-cultural study titled For the Duration: British Literature and Culture in Wartime. It argues that spatial and temporal dislocation were defining characteristics of the World War II urban bombing campaigns, and it shows how figures in literature, film, photography, and painting harnessed or exploited their media’s distinctive temporal properties in response.

Showing why the war was often fashioned as a memory, even while it was taking place, I discuss how the uses of modernism became as important as modernism itself, and how wartime forms of temporal re-imagining—whether through time capsules, time zone changes, or images of ruin and repair—have particular salience for understanding philosophies and phenomenologies of time during the mid-century.

I am also in the early stages of a second book project, tentatively titled Framing Displacement: Semicolonialism and Women’s Short Fiction. The project explores the way material, effective, and socio-political interrelations between colonizer, colonized, and the postcolonial are addressed by modern and contemporary transnational women writers.

Among other points, it demonstrates why, for formal as well as material and print-cultural reasons, short fiction is a prominent genre for indexing the gendered histories of labour migration, emigration, and travel, and why we need to go beyond ideas of regional or national exceptionalism in short fiction literary history to understand it as a ‘world genre’.


Teaching

I teach on the following modules:

Undergraduate:

LIT302 Modern Literature
LIT303 Contemporary Literature
LIT386 Undergraduate Dissertation

Postgraduate:

LIT650 Midcentury Modernism

I also convene the School of English’s two MA work placement modules, EGH623 (Work Placement with Research Essay) and EGH6025 (Language and Literature in the Workplace).


Supervision

I would be pleased to work with research students interested in 20th- and 21st-century British and global Anglophone literatures, particularly in projects related to modernism, war, technology, genre studies, cultural history, and literary historiography more generally.

I am currently supervising a PhD dissertation on First World War soldiers’ songs in European anti-war theatre as part of the White Rose network, ‘Electronic Soundscapes’.

Publications

Monograph
  • For the Duration: British Literature and Culture in Wartime. (Under contract with the Mid-century Studies series, Oxford University Press)
Peer-reviewed articles
  • ‘Henry Green’s Pigeons.’ Accepted at Modernism/modernity.
  • ‘The Archaeology of Postwar Childhood in Rose Macaulay’s The World My Wilderness.’ Journal of Modern Literature 37.3 (Spring 2014): 92-110.
  • ‘“La France à l’heure Anglaise”: Embodied Timescapes and Occupied Landscapes in Storm Jameson’s Cloudless May.’ Literature & History 23.1 (Spring 2014): 33-48.
  • ‘Space and time in the bombed city: Graham Green’s The Ministry of Fear and Elizabeth Bowen’s The Heat of the Day.’ Literary London Journal 7.1 (March 2009).
Book chapters
  • ‘War and Peace’. The Oxford Handbook of Virginia Woolf. Ed. Anne Fernald. (Under contract)
  • ‘The short story and the “little magazine”.’ The Edinburgh Companion to the Short Story in English. Ed. Adrian Hunter and Paul Delaney. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. (Forthcoming 2018)
Selected reviews
  • Review of Liminality and the Short Story, ed. Jochen Achilles and Ina Bergmann. Journal of the Short Story in English 69 (Fall 2017): 195-8.
  • Gallery review of ‘Lee Miller: A Woman’s War (Imperial War Museum).’ Modernism/modernity 23.4 (November 2016): 905-10.
  • ‘Olivia Moaning.’ Review of Olivia Manning: A Woman at War by Deirdre David and Imperial Refugee: Olivia Manning’s Fictions of War by Eve Patten. Women: A Cultural Review 24.4 (December 2013): 371-3.
  • ‘The Globalisation of Time.’ Review of The Cosmic Time of Empire: Modern Britain and World Literature by Adam Barrows. The Cambridge Quarterly 41.3 (September 2012): 389-95.
Selected conference presentations
  • ‘“Its whirring, whirring, whirring, whirring”: The aesthetics of drone warfare, from below.’ Romanticism in the Age of World Wars Conference, Leuven. (November 2018)
  • “‘The zoom of a hornet’: critical empathy and the phenomenology of an air raid.” Modernist Life Conference, British Association for Modernist Studies. (June 2017)
  • ‘Semicolonialism and the modernist short story.’ Historical Modernisms Symposium, Institute of English Studies, University of London. (December 2016)
  • ‘“The zoom of a hornet”: the phenomenology of an air raid.’ Ear Pieces Conference, University of Cambridge. (December 2016)
  • ‘Semicolonial Filiation: Katherine Mansfield and the Short Fictions of Childhood.’ Modernism’s Child Conference, University of Sussex. (April 2015)
  • ‘Henry Green’s pigeons.’ Modernist Studies Association Conference, Pittsburgh. (November 2014)
  • ‘The Archaeology of Postwar Childhood in Ealing’s “rubble comedies”.’ Midwest Conference on British Studies, Toronto. (October 2012) *Winner of Walter L. Arnstein Prize for Best Graduate Paper
  • ‘“Dreading Forward”: Short stories, time capsules and Blitz-Time.’ Moving Modernisms Conference, University of Oxford (March 2012) *Winner of Best Graduate Paper