This project brings together experts in British, German, & French culture, specialising in periodical studies, translation studies, & comparative literature.

Andrew Thacker

Professor of English Literature, Nottingham Trent University

Professor Thacker’s main area of research is upon all areas of modernism and modernist culture, with a particular emphasis upon institutions of modernism such as magazines and bookshops. He has published many books and articles on modernism, including the monographs, Moving Through Modernity: Space and Geography in Modernism (2003) and The Imagist Poets (2011), and the edited / co-edited volumes, James Joyce’s Dubliners (2006) and Geographies of Modernism (2005). Professor Thacker has taught at De Montfort University and the University of Ulster and was the first elected Chair of the British Association for Modernist Studies. He was co-director of the AHRC-funded Modernist Magazines Project and edits the long-running interdisciplinary journal, Literature & History.

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Alison E. Martin

Professor of British Studies, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz/Germersheim

Professor Alison E. Martin is a specialist in translation studies, travel writing and comparative literature. Her monographs include Nature Translated: Alexander von Humboldt’s Works in Nineteenth-Century Britain (2018) and Moving Scenes: The Aesthetics of German Travel Writing on England, 1783-1830 (2008), as well as two co-edited volumes, Travel Writing in Dutch and German, 1790-1930 (2017) and Travel Narratives in Translation, 1750-1830 (2012). Before coming to JGU, she taught at the University of Reading, Universiteit Hasselt, the Universität Kassel and the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, where she received her Habilitation in 2013. She has recently co-edited a special issue of Modernist Cultures on the theme of Global Modernisms.

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Dana Steglich

Research Fellow, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz/Germersheim

After working as an editor and a literary agent parallel to attaining a Bachelors and Masters degree in Comparative Literatures at Freie Universität Berlin (final thesis on narrative personality in Jean Amérys autobiographical writing) and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (final thesis on fairies and elves in the works of Shakespeare and Tolkien), Dr Dana Steglich worked two years as an academic associate for the English Studies department at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and three years as a research fellow in the graduate college Gegenwart/Literatur at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn. Her dissertation on the concept of escapism and the works of Anglo-Irish writer Lord Dunsany (1878-1957) was published in early 2022.

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Marina Popea

Research Fellow, Nottingham Trent University

Marina Popea specialises in translation and cultural magazines with a broad comparative focus. A Latin Americanist with an interdisciplinary background, she is completing an AHRC-funded PhD on the role of translation in shaping modern poetics in Mexican magazines of the early twentieth century. She is particularly interested in the methodological challenges of studying translation in the context of periodical publications and is developing Digital Humanities tools to integrate quantitative analysis into her research. An example of her work on this topic can be found here. She has been a visiting fellow at the Harry Ransom Center and at the Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas (UNAM), and will shortly be visiting the LLILAS-Benson Latin American Collection. She currently teaches modern Latin American literature and translation at Wadham College, University of Oxford. 

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Cillian Ó Fathaigh

Research Fellow, Nottingham Trent University

Dr Cillian Ó Fathaigh is a specialist in post-WWII Francophone thought and intellectual history. He was a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Scholar at the University of Cambridge, where he completed his PhD on Jacques Derrida’s use of print and audiovisual media. His research has been published in the journals Paragraph & Derrida Today and he has co-edited two volumes: #NousSommes (2019) and Amity & Enmity: Derrida’s Politics of Friendship (2022 – forthcoming). He was a scholar at Trinity College, Dublin, an invited student at the École Normale Supérieure (Ulm), and a scholar of St John’s College, Cambridge. He has previously taught at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon and is also currently a Visiting Scholar at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan.