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Rhys Tranter


Position: Postgraduate Researcher Email:
Area: English Literature

PhD Research

Ill Seen Ill Said: Trauma, Representation and Subjectivity in Samuel Beckett's Post-War Writing

Research interests include: Trauma, Modernity, Samuel Beckett, Don DeLillo, Modernism, Maurice Blanchot, Jacques Derrida, Sigmund Freud, Postmodernism, J. G. Ballard, William S. Burroughs, Franz Kafka, Paul Auster

Supervisor: Dr Neil Badmington, Dr Julia Jordan

Academic Background

2009 – MA, English Literature, Cardiff University (Distinction)
2007 – BA, English Literature and Cultural Criticism, Cardiff University (First Class Honours)


2010 – Present – Member of the Editorial Board, Assuming Gender (Cardiff University). The project comprises a freely available online academic journal, seminar series and annual lecture. In addition to editorial responsibilities, I designed the website. Website:

2011 -  New logo design for the British Association of Modernist Studies (BAMS), to be unveiled in 2012

Rhys Tranter, ‘An Interview with Professor Robert Darnton’, Cardiff Book History, 3 January 2012
Rhys Tranter, ‘Reading Research Day Seminar’, The Beckett Circle/Le Cercle De Beckett, 34:2 (Fall 2011), pp.12-13
Rhys Tranter, ‘A 19th Century Writer for Our Times’, Spectator Book Blog, 1 August 2011
Rhys Tranter, ‘Laying the ghost to rest’, Spectator Book Blog, 27 January 2011
Rhys Tranter, ‘Is Modernism Boring?’, Spectator Book Blog, 10 January 2011
Rhys Tranter, ‘Visions of the Future’, Spectator Book Blog, 9 November 2010
Rhys Tranter, ‘How to Stop Living and Start Worrying’,, 15 September 2010

Conferences, symposia and seminars

March 2012 – Outside his Jurisfiction: Interrogating James Joyce’s Non-Fiction, Conference, University of York (Website Design)
September 2011 – Samuel Beckett and German Culture / Samuel Beckett und die deutsche Kultur, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany 
(Website Design)
June 2011 - Samuel Beckett: Out of the Archive Conference and Festival, University of York (Website Design)
January 2011 – Present – Samuel Beckett: Debts and Legacies Seminar Series, University of Oxford
(Website Design)


2012 – Postgraduate Tutor in English Literature, Cardiff University


A Piece of Monologue: Literature, Philosophy Criticism