Dr Katherine Ebury

Senior Lecturer in Modern Literature


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1 Upper Hanover Street
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I joined the School of English in September 2012 as Lecturer in Modern Literature. Before that I studied and taught at the University of York. I was appointed Senior Lecturer in 2018. I am currently working on an AHRC-funded project on the death penalty, literature and psychoanalysis from 1900-1950, which is running from 2018-2020.


My primary research interests are in modernism, literature and science, law and literature, and Irish Studies. My articles have appeared in journals such as Irish Studies Review, Joyce Studies Annual, Journal of Modern Literature and Society and Animals. I also maintain a secondary interest in contemporary poetry and poetics and have published on poets including John Berryman and Paul Muldoon.

I have been involved with supervising PhD theses on topics including: Margaret Drabble and Iraqi Fiction; Wilfrid Owen and Romanticism; First World War life-writing; Holocaust Studies; and literature and science. I have examined PhDs on the First World War, on Beckett and ecocriticism.

Past public engagement projects have involved charities such as Sheffield Amnesty and Reprieve as well as the Showroom Cinema.


  • Lit107 Studying Prose
  • Lit204 Criticism and Literary Theory
  • Lit302 Modern Literature
  • Lit303 Contemporary Literature

In the past I have supervised BA and MA dissertations on topics including modernism, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster, queer sexuality, gender and madness, Sylvia Plath, Ibsen, Evelyn Waugh, Aldous Huxley, WWI, the middlebrow and masculinity theory.

I have also worked on innovative modules such as Literary Mad Scientists and on Radical Theory, helping students explore unusual texts and contexts.


  • Modern Literature and the Death Penalty, 1890-1950 (in preparation). Monograph
  • Joyce’s Non-Fiction Writings: Outside His Jurisfiction (Houndsmills: Palgrave, 2018). With James Fraser and respected contributors including Emer Nolan, Hans Walter Gabler and Michael Groden. Edited Collection
  • Modernism and Cosmology, Palgrave, 2014. Monograph
Journal articles – in print
  • ‘“In the midst of its enemies”: Animal Pain and Capital Punishment in Beckett’, Society and Animals, 2017
  • ‘“Mulrennan spoke to him about universe and stars”: Astronomy in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’, Dublin James Joyce Journal, 6 2015
  • ‘"Serve, Serve" it sang, and it sang that all day:" James Joyce and John Berryman’, Hypermedia Joyce Studies, March 2015 (open access journal)
  • “A New Science”: Yeats's A Vision and Relativistic Cosmology’, Irish Studies Review, Volume 23 May 2014
  • ‘“In this Valley of Dying Stars”: Eliot’s Cosmology’ in Journal of Modern Literature 3 (35) 2012: 139-157
  • ‘Beyond the Rainbow: Spectroscopy in Finnegans Wake II.1’ in Joyce Studies Annual 2011: 97-121
Chapters in edited collections – in print
  • ‘Physical Comedy and the Comedy of Physics in The Third Policeman, The Dalkey Archive and Cruiskeen Lawn’, Flann O’Brien: Problems With Authority (Cork UP 2017)
  • ‘The sonnet might “lead to dishonesty”: John Berryman and Paul Muldoon as Sonneteers’, John Berryman at 100: Centenary Essays (Peter Lang 2016)
  • ‘Ghost, Medium, Criminal, Genius: Lombrosian Types in Yeats’s Art and Philosophy’, Yeats, Philosophy and the Occult, (Clemson UP and Liverpool UP 2016)
  • ‘“Between the bang and the Whimper”: Eliot and Apocalypse’, Modernism, Christianity and Apocalypse (Brill 2014).
Chapters – in press
  • Science, the Occult and Irish Drama: Ghosts in Yeats and Beckett’, Science, Technology and Irish Modernism, contracted with Syracuse University Press, scheduled for spring 2019
  • ‘Nothing in the World Would Save Me from the Gallows: O’Nolan and the Death Penalty’, Flann O’Brien: Gallows Humour, contracted with Cork UP, scheduled for spring 2019
  • ‘Vivisection in Modernist Culture and Popular Fiction, 1890-1945’, Palgrave Handbook of Animal Studies, contracted with Palgrave, scheduled for autumn 2019
  • ‘Sex, Gender and the Death Penalty in Ulysses and the 1916 Generation’, Irish Modernisms: Gaps, Conjectures, Possibilities, scheduled for spring 2020
  • ‘Yeats and the Scientific Revolution’, Oxford Handbook of W.B. Yeats, under contract for January 2021
Journal special issues – in press
  • ‘Joyce and the Nonhuman’, with Michelle Witen, James Joyce Quarterly, scheduled for 2020
Reference entries
  • James Joyce’, Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (ed. Stephen Ross), spring 2016,