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Dr Alix Beeston

Dr Alix Beeston


+44 (0)29 2087 5412
1.21, Adeilad John Percival , Rhodfa Colum, Caerdydd, CF10 3EU
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I am part of the School’s English Literature research section. My work is interdisciplinary in scope and feminist in approach. It focuses on the collisions between the aesthetic and the social in modern and contemporary literature, photography, and film, especially in the United States. I am particularly interested in the ethical possibilities of representations of women in writing and visual culture, as well as in the history of women’s creative labour.

I am happy to supervise PhDs in the areas of twentieth and twenty-first century literature; visual culture studies (photography, film, and television), as well as the intersections between literature and these forms; African American studies and critical race theory; and gender and feminist studies.

You can find out more about my work here.


I was born and educated in Sydney, Australia. At the University of Sydney, I earned a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) with Distinction, before going on to postgraduate study in the Department of English, where I took First Class Honours in 2009 and the PhD in 2015.

Following the completion of my studies, I taught widely in twentieth and twenty-first century literature and film in this same department, as well as in the Department of Art History at the University of New South Wales. From 2016-2017, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, before moving to Cardiff in October 2017 to assume the post of Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature, with additional expertise in visual culture and gender studies.

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Research fellowships and grants

  • Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH) Research Travel Grant, 2017
  • AAH Publication Subsidy for In and Out of Sight: Modernist Writing and the Photographic Unseen, 2017
  • Anglican Deaconess Ministries Senior Research Fellowship (AUD 80,000), 2017
  • Department of English Grant for Publication, University of Sydney, 2016
  • Modernist Studies Association (MSA) Travel Grant for Annual Conference, 2016
  • MSA Research Travel Grant, 2016
  • MSA Travel Grant for Annual Conference, 2015
  • Lillian Gary Taylor Fellowship in American Literature, University of Virginia, 2012
  • Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association (PAMLA) Graduate Student Scholarship for Annual Conference, 2012
  • Postgraduate Travel Grant Award, University of Sydney, 2012
  • Postgraduate Support Scheme Funding, University of Sydney, 2012
  • Australian Postgraduate Award for duration of PhD candidature, 2010

Teaching awards and training

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) Student Teaching Commendations for “Transatlantic Negotiations” and “Imagining America,” University of Sydney, 2016
  • FASS Student Teaching Commendations for “Literature and Cinema,” “Imagining America,” and “Novel Worlds,” University of Sydney, 2015
  • FASS Student Teaching Commendations for “Imagining America,” University of Sydney, 2014
  • FASS Dean’s Citation for Excellence in Teaching, University of Sydney, 2012
  • Certificate of Completion, Teaching Development Program, University of Sydney, 2011

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

  • Member of the Modern Languages Association
  • Member of the Modernist Studies Association
  • Member of the British Association for Modernist Studies

Safleoedd academaidd blaenorol

  • 2017-present: Lecturer in English, School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University
  • 2016-2017: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney
  • 2016: Sessional (Adjunct) Lecturer, Department of Art History, University of New South Wales
  • 2014-2016: Sessional (Adjunct) Lecturer, Department of English, University of Sydney

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Recent lectures and conference papers include the following:

  • “The Natural Woman in Han Kang’s The Vegetarian,” Critical and Cultural Theory Seminar Series, Cardiff University, 21 February 2018
  • “Images in Crisis: Experiments in the Photographic Unseen,” Modernist Studies Workshop, University of Michigan, 11 January 2018
  • “Jean Toomer’s Erroneous Pictures,” Modern Languages Association Annual Convention, New York City, 4-7 January 2018
  • “Cahun v. Dalí: Collaging the Female Subject,” Decorating Dissidence: Feminism, Modernism and the Arts, Queen Mary University of London, 3-4 November 2017
  • “Seeing Jean Toomer’s Cane,” Roundtable: Race, In/Visibility, Modernism, Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference, Amsterdam, 10-13 August 2017

Pwyllgorau ac adolygu

  • Journal reviewer, Modernism/modernity (2018)
  • Advisory board member, Modernist Network Cymru (2018)












In the 2017-18 Spring Semester, I will be teaching a new second-year module in English Literature, "Object Women in Literature and Film." This module draws on key theories in feminist studies—including the notions of the male gaze and of female masquerade, as well as newer theories that connect issues of gender to issues of race, sexuality, ethnicity, and class—in examining a series of literary and visual texts, mostly from the turn of the century to the 1960s. Uncovering various tropes of the objectified woman, this module will also consider how female characters might challenge or circumvent their objectification. The final two weeks of the course will be given over to discussion of two contemporary texts that have elicited heated debate for their representations of women: Beyoncé’s Lemonade: The Visual Album (2016) and George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).

My first book, In and Out of Sight: Modernist Writing and the Photographic Unseen, will be published with the Modernist Literature and Culture Series at Oxford University Press (New York) in January 2018. Drawing on work in visual culture studies that emphasises the interplay between still and moving images, this book provides a new account of the relationship between photography and modernist literature—a literature that has long been considered to trace, in its formal experimentation, the influence of modern visual technologies. The catalogue record is here.

To coincide with the release of In and Out of Sight, and in partnership with the George Eastman Museum, I will be launching a creative scholarly project on Instagram in February 2018. Featuring 50 images over 50 days, this project will explore the representation of women from early photography to the present.

I am currently working on an essay on Han Kang's The Vegetarian and Charlotte Wood's The Natural Way of Things—two novels that engage the problem of the female body in contemporary society. I am also beginning a new book-length research project: a study of the unfinished writing of women authors across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, focusing on the work of Zora Neale Hurston, Lorraine Hansberry, Carson McCullers, Clarice Lispector, and Tillie Olsen, among others. Approaching the unfinished text as an ideal textual site for revealing how creative labour reflects and cements wider social norms and inequities, this alternative history of women’s writing (and/as non-writing) will blend close textual analysis with the study of the lived practices of artistic work, the institutional realities of literary production, the processes of canonisation, and the phenomenon of literary celebrity.

I have received numerous grants in support of my research, notably the Australian Academy of the Humanities Research Travel Grant in 2017, the Modernist Studies Association Research Travel Grant in 2016, and the Lillian Gary Taylor Fellowship in American Literature at the University of Virginia in 2012.


I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • modern and contemporary literature;
  • visual culture studies (photography, film, and television);
  • intermediality, especially as it relates to literature and film;
  • African American studies and critical race theory; and,
  • gender and feminist studies.

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