Dr Katherine Ebury
School of English
Senior Lecturer in Modern Literature
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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.
- Research interests
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.
- Modern Literature and the Death Penalty, 1890-1950. Palgrave.
- Modernism and Cosmology: Absurd Lights. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Introduction. James Joyce Quarterly, 58(2), 11-17.
- Nonhuman Animal Pain and Capital Punishment in Beckett’s “Dante and the Lobster”. Society and Animals, 25(5), 436-455. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO ‘"Serve, Serve" it sang, and it sang that all day:" James Joyce and John Berryman’. Hypermedia Joyce Studies.
- “A new science”: Yeats's A Vision and relativistic cosmology. Irish Studies Review, 22(2), 167-183.
- ‘Mulrennan Spoke To Him About Universe And Stars’: Astronomy In A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man. Dublin James Joyce Journal, 6/7, 90-108.
- Joycean Unions: Post-Millennial Essays from East to West ed. by R. Brandon Kershner and Tekla Mecsnóber. James Joyce Quarterly, 50(3), 853-856.
- Science in Modern Poetry: New Directions ed. by John Holmes (review). Modernism/modernity, 20(1), 159-161.
- JOYCEAN UNIONS: POST-MILLENNIAL ESSAYS FROM EAST TO WEST. JAMES JOYCE QUARTERLY, 50(3), 853-856.
- Review: Science in Modern Poetry (Holmes). Modernism/modernity, 20(1), 159-161.
- Review essay on Brandon Kershner’s and Tekla Mecsnober’s, Joycean Unions. James Joyce Quarterly, 1 (Fall 2011)(49).
- Review: James Joyce: Texts and Contexts (Platt). James Joyce Literary Supplement, 1(27).
- Review of Cliett, Bill Cole, A Finnegans Wake Lextionary: Let James Joyce Jazz Up Your Voca(l)bulary. James Joyce Broadsheet(92), 2-2.
- '"In this valley of dying stars": Eliot's Cosmology'. Journal of Modern Literature, 3(35), 139-157.
- Article Review: David Ben-Merre, ‘“What Points of Contact Existed Between These Languages?’: James Joyce, Albert Einstein, and Interdisciplinary Study” (74-75). Journal of Literature and Science, 4(1), 74-75.
- 'Beyond the Rainbow: Spectroscopy in Finnegans Wake'. Joyce Studies Annual, 2011, 97-121.
- "Thinking of the Crater of Some Noted Volcano or the Dublin River: The Third James Joyce Research Colloquium.". James Joyce Literary Supplement, ii (Fall)(21), 8.
- Review: Joyce's Disciples Disciplined. James Joyce Broadsheet, (Winter)(88), 2.
- New Contexts for Confession: Flann O’Brien, Golden Age Crime Fiction and Theodor Reik. The Parish Review: Journal of Flann O'Brien Studies, 4(2).
- Diagnosis Shell Shock in Representations of the Miltary Death Penalty in WWI Fiction and Life-writing (short article, 3000 words), 'Special Issue: Modernism and Diagnosis', Print+ open access. Modernism/Modernity Print+.
- ‘Joyce’s Nonhuman Ecologies’ In Flynn C (Ed.), New James Joyce Studies
- 'Nothing in the World Would Save Me from the Gallows': O'Nolan and the Death Penalty' In Borg R & Fagan P (Ed.), 'Flann O'Brien: Gallows Humour' (pp. 34-47). Cork University Press
- Science, the Occult and Irish Drama: Ghosts in Yeats and Beckett In Conrad K, Parsons C & Weng J (Ed.), Science, Technology and Irish Modernism (pp. 229-247). Syracuse University Press
- Introduction In Ebury K & Fraser J (Ed.), Joyce’s Non-Fiction Writings: Outside His Jurisfiction Palgrave Macmillan
- Becoming-Animal in the Epiphanies: Joyce Between Fiction and Non-Fiction In Ebury K & Fraser J (Ed.), Joyce’s Non-Fiction Writings: Outside His Jurisfiction
- Physical comedy and the comedy of physics in The Third Policeman, The Dalkey Archive and Cruiskeen Lawn In Borg R, Fagan P & McCourt J (Ed.), Flann O'Brien: Problems With Authority Cork University Press
- ‘The sonnet might “lead to dishonesty”: John Berryman and Paul Muldoon as Sonneteers’ In Coleman P (Ed.), John Berryman at 100: Centenary Essays (pp. 195-214). Peter Lang
- ‘Ghost, Medium, Criminal, Genius: Lombrosian Types in Yeats’s Art and Philosophy’ In Gibson M & Mann N (Ed.), Yeats, Philosophy and the Occult Clemson UP and Liverpool UP,
- ‘“Between the bang and the Whimper”: Eliot and Apocalypse’, Modernism, Christianity and Apocalypse BRILL
- Stars and Atoms in ‘The Trilogy’, Modernism and Cosmology (pp. 154-180). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- Yeatsian Cosmology, Modernism and Cosmology (pp. 30-65). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- Epilogue: International Modernism, Modernism and Cosmology (pp. 181-187). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- Introduction: Cosmic Modernism, Modernism and Cosmology (pp. 1-29). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- Joycean Cosmologies, Modernism and Cosmology (pp. 66-99). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- The Beckettian Cosmos, Modernism and Cosmology (pp. 128-153). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- Beyond the Rainbow: Spectroscopy in the Wake, Modernism and Cosmology (pp. 100-127). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- Joyce, James (1882–1941), Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism Routledge
- Rhetorics of Sacrifice: Sex, Gender & the Death Penalty in the 1916 Generation In fagan P, greaney J & radak T (Ed.), Irish Modernisms: Gaps, Conjectures, Possibilities
- ‘Vivisection in Modernist Culture and Popular Fiction, 1890-1945’ In Miller J, McKay R & McHugh S (Ed.), Palgrave Handbook of Animal Studies
- ‘How Murderers Die: The Impact of the 1868 Abolition of Public Execution on Life-writing by Executioners’, In Low P, Rutherford H & Sandford-Couch C (Ed.), Execution Culture and Penal Practice in the Nineteenth Century
- Law and the Unconscious: A Psychoanalytic Perspective by Anne C. Dailey. American Imago, 76(2), 269-273.
- MODERNISM AND THE LAW. JAMES JOYCE QUARTERLY, 56(1-2), 177-179.
- James Joyce, Science, and Modernist Print Culture: "The Einstein of English Fiction". MODERNISM-MODERNITY, 23(3), 698-699.
- http://blogs.bcu.ac.uk/virtualtheorist/ 'Psychoanalytic Theory' and 'Analysis of Goblin Market'.. Retrieved from
- Research group
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.
- Teaching activities
- Lit107 Studying Prose
- Lit204 Criticism and Literary Theory
- Lit302 Modern Literature
- Lit303 Contemporary Literature
I have also worked on innovative modules such as Literary Mad Scientists and on Radical Theory, helping students explore unusual texts and contexts.