Dr Jeannette Baxter

Dr Jeanette Baxter

BA (Keele) MA, PhD (UEA)

Research Convenor for English Literature, Writing and Publishing
Senior Lecturer, English Literature

Room: Hel 159

Email: jeannette.baxter@anglia.ac.uk

Telephone: 0845 196 2588
International: +44 1223 698588

Jeannette Baxter's research activity

Dr James Proctor

Reader in Modern English and Postcolonial Literature, Newcastle University on 'Andrea Levy: Contemporary Critical Perspectives'
Cover of 'Andrea Levy: Contemporary Critical Perspectives', edited by Dr Jeannette Baxter and David James (Bloomsbury 2014)

A rich and judiciously edited collection offering (it's hard to believe) the first book-length assessment of this major contemporary novelist. The chapters are beautifully balanced, exposing readers to a wide range of critical perspectives, from meticulous close readings of the novels to questions of literary form, reception, and adaptation.

Jeannette's research focuses on three main areas: the relationship between modern and contemporary literature and the visual arts, especially Surrealism in its global perspectives; post-1945 British, American, and European literature with particular emphasis on historiography, politics and post-war aesthetics; comparative literature and literary translation. Jeannette is currently developing these research interests in her second monograph, Exquisite Corpse: Literature/Surrealisms/Fascisms, which looks at the ways in which Anglo-American novelists 'turn' to surrealism at various points across the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries in order to engage with political and cultural fascisms.

Jeannette is the author of J. G. Ballard's Surrealist Imagination: Spectacular Authorship (Ashgate 2009) and numerous articles and book chapters in the areas of modernism, post-1945 literature, and contemporary fiction. She is the editor of J. G. Ballard: Contemporary Critical Perspectives (Continuum 2008); and co-editor of Visions and Revisions: Essays on J. G. Ballard (Palgrave 2011); Women: A Cultural Review: Jean Rhys (Routledge, 2012); A Literature of Restitution: Critical Essays on W. G. Sebald (MUP 2013); and Andrea Levy: Contemporary Critical Perspectives (Bloomsbury, 2014). Jeannette is also a Series Editor for Contemporary Critical Perspectives, a series on contemporary writing (London and New York: Bloomsbury Press). Eight volumes have been published since 2008 on: J.G. Ballard, Ian McEwan, Kazuo Ishiguro, Julian Barnes, Salman Rushdie, Sarah Waters, Ali Smith and Andrea Levy. Volumes on the work of Hanif Kureishi and Haruki Murakami are forthcoming. For full details, and future projects, visit the Bloomsbury website.

Jeannette's main teaching areas are twentieth-century and contemporary literature, and critical and cultural theory. She teaches undergraduate modules on modernism, contemporary fiction, modern science fiction, Holocaust writing, and literary theory. She also leads MA seminars on the historical and neo-avant-garde, post-war writing, postmodernism, Samuel Beckett, and J. G. Ballard.

She is keen to supervise research in the areas of intersections of literature and the visual arts (post-1900), twentieth-century and contemporary literature, the post-war novel and Holocaust writing.

For more information please see Dr Jeannette Baxter's research activity page.

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