Dr Katherine Ebury


Katherine EburyRoom 1.24, Jessop West
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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.

My primary research interests are in modernism, literature and science and Irish Studies. I also maintain a secondary interest in contemporary poetry and poetics, having completed my MA thesis on John Berryman.

Research p>I’m currently preparing a monograph, to be published with Palgrave in August 2014, based partly on my doctoral research. The project addresses representations of the new physics, specifically the science of cosmology, in the work of Yeats, Joyce and Beckett. I aim to explore each author's deliberate mapping of a changed relationship between the world and the artwork in the aftermath of revolutionary changes in the scientific perception of reality. Key texts for my project include Yeats's 'A Vision' and Joyce's 'Finnegans Wake', as well as Beckett's ‘Trilogy’.

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



  • Modernism and Cosmology (Palgrave, August 2014).


  • ‘Between the Bang and the Whimper: Eliot and Apocalypse’, Modernism, Christianity and Apocalypse, Brill, November 2014. (Book Chapter)
  • ‘"Serve, Serve" it sang, and it sang that all day:" James Joyce and John Berryman’, Hypermedia Joyce Studies, March 2015 (journal article – open access journal).
  • “In the midst of its enemies”: Animal Pain and Capital Punishment in Beckett’, Society and Animals, forthcoming (journal article).
  • ‘Physical Comedy and the Comedy of Physics in The Third Policeman, The Dalkey Archive and Cruiskeen Lawn’, Cork UP, forthcoming (book chapter).
  • ‘Ghost, Medium, Criminal, Genius: Lombrosian Types in Yeats’s Art and Philosophy’, Yeats, Philosophy and the Occult, Clemson UP and Liverpool UP, forthcoming (book chapter).
  • ‘The sonnet might “lead to dishonesty”: John Berryman and Paul Muldoon as Sonneteers’, John Berryman at 100: Centenary Essays, volume under review at the University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming (book chapter).
  • ‘All its mystery is as clear as day to me: Alice, Modernism and Relativity’, Modernism and Wonderland, Clemson UP and Liverpool UP, forthcoming (book chapter)
  • ‘Beyond the Rainbow: Spectroscopy in Finnegans Wake II.1’ in Joyce Studies Annual 2011:97-121 2011.
  • ‘“In this Valley of Dying Stars”: Eliot’s Cosmology’ in Journal of Modern Literature 3 (35):139-157 2012.
  • ‘"Mulrennan spoke to him about universe and stars": Astronomy in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man' Dublin James Joyce Journal, 6 2013.
  • ‘“A New Science”: Yeats's A Vision and Relativistic Cosmology’, Irish Studies Review, Volume 23 2014.
  • ‘James Joyce’, Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (online publication 2014).


I have published review essays in Modernism/modernity, James Joyce Quarterly, James Joyce Literary Supplement, James Joyce Broadsheet, Journal of Literature and Science.

Web publication

Selected Talks

  • ‘Modernism, Science, Intertextuality’, Modernist Studies Association Conference (Sussex), August 2013.
  • ‘Mulrennan told him about universe and stars: Joyce and Astronomy’, Invited Lecture at James Joyce Summer School (Dublin), July 2013.
  • ‘Dear Mr Yates: Eliot, Yeats and Influence’, ‘Efface the Traces: Modernism and Intertextuality’ (Durham) April 2013.
  • ‘Joyce, Intertextuality and Debt’ (forthcoming), Joyce and Intertextuality, Official Panel of the International Joyce Foundation, MLA January (Boston) 2013, Boston.
  • ‘In this valley of dying stars’: Eliot’s Apocalyptic Cosmology’, Modernism, Christianity and Apocalypse (Bergen), July 2012.
  • ‘Interrogating Joyce’s Non-Fiction’, Panel, International James Joyce Symposium (Dublin), June 2012.