Dr Katherine Ebury

School of English

Senior Lecturer in Modern Literature

English Katherine Ebury
k.ebury@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 6295

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Dr Katherine Ebury
School of English
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
Sheffield
S3 7RA
Profile

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.

Publications

Books

Edited books

  • Fraser J & Ebury K (Ed.) (2018) Joyce’s Non-Fiction Writings: 'Outside His Jurisfiction'. Palgrave Macmillan. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Ebury K (2021) ‘Joyce’s Nonhuman Ecologies’ In Flynn C (Ed.), New James Joyce Studies RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ebury K (2020) '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 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ebury K (2019) 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 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ebury K (2018) Introduction In Ebury K & Fraser J (Ed.), Joyce’s Non-Fiction Writings: Outside His Jurisfiction Palgrave Macmillan RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ebury K (2018) 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 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ebury K (2017) 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 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ebury K (2017) ‘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 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ebury K (2016) ‘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, RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ebury K (2014) ‘“Between the bang and the Whimper”: Eliot and Apocalypse’, Modernism, Christianity and Apocalypse BRILL RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ebury K (2014) Stars and Atoms in ‘The Trilogy’, Modernism and Cosmology (pp. 154-180). Palgrave Macmillan UK RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ebury K (2014) Yeatsian Cosmology, Modernism and Cosmology (pp. 30-65). Palgrave Macmillan UK RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ebury K (2014) Epilogue: International Modernism, Modernism and Cosmology (pp. 181-187). Palgrave Macmillan UK RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ebury K (2014) Introduction: Cosmic Modernism, Modernism and Cosmology (pp. 1-29). Palgrave Macmillan UK RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ebury K (2014) Joycean Cosmologies, Modernism and Cosmology (pp. 66-99). Palgrave Macmillan UK RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ebury K (2014) The Beckettian Cosmos, Modernism and Cosmology (pp. 128-153). Palgrave Macmillan UK RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ebury K (2014) Beyond the Rainbow: Spectroscopy in the Wake, Modernism and Cosmology (pp. 100-127). Palgrave Macmillan UK RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ebury K () Joyce, James (1882–1941), Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ebury K () 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 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ebury K () ‘Vivisection in Modernist Culture and Popular Fiction, 1890-1945’ In Miller J, McKay R & McHugh S (Ed.), Palgrave Handbook of Animal Studies RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ebury K () ‘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 RIS download Bibtex download

Book reviews

Website content

Dictionary/encyclopaedia entries

  • Ebury K (2016) James Joyce. In Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. RIS download Bibtex download

Other

  • Ebury K & Witen M (2020) ‘Joyce and the Nonhuman’, special issue, James Joyce Quarterly. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ebury K (2017) Joyce, Animals and the Nonhuman. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ebury K & Bonnerjee S () ‘Literature, Law and Psychoanalysis’, Open Access Special Collection, Open Library of the Humanities. RIS download Bibtex download
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

Teaching 

  • 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.