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Dr Ulrika MaudeMA English (Turku), MA Spanish (Helsinki), Phil Lic (Turku), PhD (York)

Reader in Modernism and Twentieth Century Literature

Ulrika Maude

Dr Ulrika MaudeMA English (Turku), MA Spanish (Helsinki), Phil Lic (Turku), PhD (York)

Reader in Modernism and Twentieth Century Literature

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Research interests

My research interests are in modernism and post-war writing. I have published on modernist literature, perception, medicine and philosophies of embodiment. My book, Beckett, Technology and the Body, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009 (paperback edition 2010). Samuel Beckett and Medicine (Cambridge UP) will appear in 2018. I am co-editor of The Body and the Arts (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and Beckett and Phenomenology (Continuum, 2009). More recently, I have edited The Cambridge Companion to the Body in Literature (Cambridge UP, 2015, with David Hillman) and The Bloomsbury Companion to Modernist Literature (Bloomsbury, 2018, with Mark Nixon). I am a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Beckett Studies (Edinburgh University Press), and the journal's Review Editor.

I am currently writing a book on modernist literature and medical culture, and working on a critical edition of Virginia Woolf's novel, Mrs. Dalloway (Bloomsbury).

With my colleagues Elizabeth Barry (Warwick) and Laura Salisbury (Exeter) I convened an AHRC-funded research project on ‘Beckett and Brain Science.’ Subsequently, I was PI of another AHRC-funded project, 'Modernism, Medicine and the Embodied Mind: Investigating Disorders of the Self', which ran from February 2015 to October 2016. The project held several events, inculding 'Modernism, Psychoanalysis and the Embodied Mind', which took place at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute in September 2015. Other events included an international conference at the University of Bristol, which was held in July 2016.

In 2015-2016, I was Visiting Research Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (University of Helsinki). I have also held Research Fellowships at the Institut d’études avancées in Paris (2009), and at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Centre, University of Texas at Austin (in 2008 and 2010). 

I have supervised PhD students working on literature and medicine, modernism and perception, modern literature and technology, sensory studies, literature and science and the post-war American novel, including work on authors such as Dorothy Richardson, Joseph Conrad, Samuel Beckett, Elizabeth Bowen, Jack Kerouac, Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo. The most recent PhD I supervised to completion was on 'Modernism and Boredom' (Oliver Neto, 2017). I am currently supervising the following PhD-students:

  • Emily Chester, ‘Samuel Beckett and the Phenomenology of Intrusive Voices’ (University of Bristol Doctoral Award)
  • Andrew Hicks, ‘Kurt Vonnegut, Monism and the Determinate Self’ (University of Bristol Doctoral Award)
  • Alex Osborne, 'Anxiety and Depression in Contemporary American Literature, 1990 to the Present' (University of Bristol Doctoral Award)
  • Charlotte Royle, 'The Science of Love in Contemporary British Literature'
  • Alastair Shuttleworth, 'Radical Art Fellowships, Propagandist Literature, and The Evolution of
    The Avant-Garde Art Movement'
  • Elizabeth Gourd, 'Classicism and Psychosis in Virginia Woolf' (Bristol Alumni Award)
  • Annette Balaam, 'Beckett, Phenomenoloy and Performance after 1989' (Bristol Doctoral Award)

I would be interested in taking on postgraduate students with research interests in Samuel Beckett; modern literature and medicine; literary phenomenology; modernist writing and technology, and embodiment and sensory studies.

Selected Publications


  • Samuel Beckett and Medicine. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • Beckett, Technology and the Body. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. x + 211 pp. ISBN: 9780521515375. (Paperback edition, 2010, ISBN: 9780521181501)

Edited Books

  • The Cambridge Companion to the Body in Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. xiv + 273 pp. ISBN: 9781107644397 (with David Hillman).
  • Bloomsbury Companion to Modernist Literature. London: Bloomsbury, 2018. ISBN: 978-1780936413 (in press, with Mark Nixon)
  • Beckett and Phenomenology. London: Continuum, 2009. xii + 212 pp. ISBN: 9780826497147 (with Matthew Feldman; paperback edition, 2012, ISBN: 9781441123176).
  • The Body and the Arts. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. xv + 292 pp. ISBN: 9780230552043 (with Corinne Saundres and Jane Macnaughton).

Edited Journal Issues

  • Beckett, Medicine and the Brain, special issue of the Journal of Medical Humanities 37:2 (2016) (with Elizabeth Barry and Laura Salisbury).
  • Beckett on TV, special issue of the Journal of Beckett Studies, 18: 1-2 (2009). 207 pp. ISSN: 0309-5207. E-ISSN: 1759-7811 (with David Pattie).

Refereed Articles in Journals

  • “Chronic Conditions: Beckett, Bergson and Samuel Johnson.” Journal of Medical Humanities 37:2 (2016): 193-204 (7250 words).
  • "Beckett, Medicine and the Brain: Introduction." Journal of Medical Humanities 37:2 (2016): 127-135 (with Elizabeth Barry and Laura Salisbury, 5000 words).
  • “Beckett and the Laws of Habit.” Modernism/Modernity 18:4 (2011): 813-21.
  • “’Crazy Inventions’: Beckett on TV.” Journal of Beckett Studies 18 (2009): 1-9.
  • “‘a stirring beyond coming and going’: Beckett and Tourette's.” Beckett, Language and the Mind,special issue of the Journal of Beckett Studies 17(2009): 153-168.
  • “‘Hint of Jugular and Cords’: Beckett and Modern Medicine.” Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui 19(2008): 281-291.
  • Centennial Beckett: The Gray Canon and the Fusion of Horizons.” Modernism/Modernity 15:1 (2008): 179-188.
  • “‘whole body like gone’: Beckett and Technology”. Journal of Beckett Studies 16:1&2 (2007): 150-160.
  • “Mingled Flesh.” European Joyce Studies 16 (2005): 91-107.

Refereed Book Chapters

  • '"Que voulez-vous?": Beckett, Nerve Theory and Literary Form.' The New Beckett. Ed. Jean-Michel Rabaté. Cambrige: Cambridge University Press, 2018 (in press, 8000 words).
  • '"Temporarily Sane": Beckett, Modernism and the Ethics of Suicide'. Beckett and Modernism. Eds. Olga Beloborodova, Dirk Van Hulle and Pim Verhulst. Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2018 (in press, 7000 words).
  • 'D. H. Lawrence, Merleau-Ponty and the Phenomenology of Illness'. Understanding Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Understanding Modernism. Ed. Ariane Mildenberg. London: Bloomsbury, 2018 (in press, 7000 words).
  • '"Tender Ties": Elizabeth Bowen and Habit'. Elizabeth Bowen: Theory, Thought and Things. Eds. Jessica Gildersleeve and Patricia Juliana Smith. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018 (in press, 7000 words).
  • 'Modernism, Neurology and the Invention of Psychoanalysis'. Bloomsbury Companion to Modernist Literature, eds. Ulrika Maude and Mark Nixon. London: Bloomsbury, 2018 (in press, 8000 words).
  • ‘Literature and Neurology’. The Cambridge Companion to the Body in Literature. Eds. Ulrika Maude and David Hillman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 197-213.
  • ‘Beckett, Body and Mind’. The New Cambridge Companion to Samuel Beckett. Ed. Dirk Van Hulle. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 170-184.  
  • ‘Science, Technology and the Body’. In The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Culture. Ed. Celia Marshik. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 2014. 33-49.
  • ‘Convulsive Aesthetics: Beckett, Chaplin and Charcot.’ In The Edinburgh Companion to Samuel Beckett and the Arts. Ed. S. E. Gontarski. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014. 44-53.
  • “Pavlov’s Dogs and Other Animals in Samuel Beckett.” Beckett and Animals. Ed. Mary Bryden. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 82-94.
  • “Somnambulism, Amnesia and Fugue: Beckett and (Male) Hysteria”. In Samuel Beckett: Debts and Legacies. Eds. Peter Fifield and David Addyman. London: Bloomsbury, 2013. 153-176.
  • “Beckett, der expressionistische Film und Kleists Marionetten.” Samuel Beckett und die deutsche Literatur, eds. Mark Nixon and Jan Wilm.Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2013. 89-104.
  • “Working on the Radio.” Beckett in Context. Ed. Anthony Uhlmann. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 183-191.
  • “‘Material of a Strictly Peculiar Order’: Beckett, Merleau-Ponty and Perception.” Beckett and Phenomenology. Eds. U. Maude and M. Feldman. London and New York: Continuum, 2009. 77-94.
  • “Modernist Bodies: Coming to Our Senses.” The Body and the Arts. Eds. C. Saunders, U. Maude & J. Macnaughton. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. 116-130.
  • “Beckett's Nordic Reception.” The International Reception of Samuel Beckett. Eds. Mark Nixon and Matthew Feldman. New York and London: Continuum, 2009. 234-250.
  • “America and Romance.” A Companion to Romance. Ed. Corinne Saunders. Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004. 424-437.
  • “The Body of Memory: Beckett and Merleau-Ponty.” Beckett and Philosophy. Ed. Richard Lane. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002. 108-122.
  • “Decoding Narrative: Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnamable.” Approaches to Narrative Fiction. Eds. Jon Buscall and Outi Pickering. Anglicana Turkuensia 18 (1999). 67-83.

Essays Translated into Other Languages

  • Maude, U. “Seeing Ghosts.” Translated into Japanese by Kumiko Kiuchi in The Historical Perspective on Beckett Criticism. Eds. Yoshiyuki Inoue and Masaki Kondo. Tokyo: Michitani, 2016.
  • “Beckett, der expressionistische Film und Kleists Marionetten.” Samuel Beckett und die deutsche Literatur, eds. Mark Nixon and Jan Wilm.Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2013. 89-104.
  • “Geister sehen: Technik und Wahrnehmung in Becketts Fernsehspielen.” In The Eye of Prey: Becketts Film-, Fernseh- und Videoarbeiten. Eds. Gaby Hartel & Michael Glasmeier. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 2011. 381-400.

Other Publications

  • 'Beckett, Technology and the Yearning Eye and Ear'. Nieuwe Vide Magazine (Netherlands, forthcoming 2017). 
  • Maude, U. Barcelona, Barcelona. Helsinki: Cultura, 1990. ISBN: 9529501021. [Finnish-language book on Barcelona and Catalan culture, 184 pages.]


  • Emilie Morin, Samuel Beckett and the Problem of Irishness (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) in Irish University Review 41:2 (2011): 304-306.
  • Ato Quayson, Aesthetic Nervousness: Disability and the Crisis of Representation (Columbia UP, 2007) in University of Toronto Quarterly 80.2 (2011): 372-373.
  • “All Sturm and no Drang”: Beckett and Romanticism, eds. Dirk Van Hulle and Mark Nixon. Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui 18. (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007) in The Beckett Circle 32(2009): 12-13.
  • Der unbekannte Beckett: Samuel Beckett und die deutsche Kultur, eds. Therese Fischer-Seidel and Marion Fries-Dieckmann. (Suhrkamp, 2005) and Samuel Beckett, Warten auf Godot. Trans. Elmar Tophoven (Suhrkamp, 2006) in Modernism/Modernity 13:3 (2006): 591-593.
  • Daniel Albright, Beckett and Aesthetics (Cambridge UP, 2003) and John Haynes and James Knowlson, Images of Beckett (Cambridge UP, 2003) in Modernism/Modernity 11:4 (2004): 845-847.
  • Paul Sheehan, Modernism, Narrative and Humanism (Cambridge UP, 2002) in Modernism/Modernity 11:1 (2004): 193-195.
  • Herman Rapaport, Later Derrida (Routledge, 2001) in Oxford Literary Review 25 (2003): 385-390.
  • “Complex Emotions: A Post-Structuralist Theory.” Review article of Rei Terada, Feeling in Theory: Emotion after the Death of the Subject (Harvard UP, 2001) in Cambridge Quarterly 32:1 (2003): 95-8.


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Selected research outputs

  1. Published

    Beckett, Technology and the Body

    Research output: ResearchAuthored book

  2. Published

    The Cambridge Companion to the Body in Literature

    Research output: ResearchEdited book

  3. Published

    The Body and the Arts

    Research output: ResearchEdited book

  4. Published

    Beckett and Phenomenology

    Research output: ResearchEdited book

  5. Accepted/In press

    Bloomsbury Companion to Modernist Literature

    Research output: ResearchEdited book

  6. Accepted/In press

    'Tender Ties: Elizabeth Bowen and Habit'.

    Research output: ResearchChapter in a book

  7. Published

    Convulsive Aesthetics: Beckett, Chaplin and Charcot

    Research output: ResearchChapter in a book

  8. Published

    Beckett, Body and Mind

    Research output: ResearchChapter in a book

  9. Published

    Science, Technology and the Body

    Research output: ResearchChapter in a book

  10. Published

    Pavlov's Dogs and Other Animals in Samuel Beckett

    Research output: ResearchChapter in a book

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