Department of English


English Language and Literature

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Patricia Rae


D.Phil. Oxford

  • Literary modernism in Britain and the United States, especially the genres of elegy and memoir
  • culture and politics in the 1930s
  • the Spanish Civil War
  • World War I
  • the theory and practice of mourning, elegy, commemoration
  • literature and the visual arts
  • Imagism and Vorticism
  • pragmatism


2020-21 Courses

  • ENGL 461 001-1/3.0 Topics in Modern/Contemporary British Literature I – Literature Between the Wars: Elegies and Memoirs of the First World War and the Spanish Civil War
  • ENGL 862 Topics in Modernism II: Literature and Culture of the Spanish Civil War

Recent Publications

“Orwell, Late Modernism, and the Spanish Civil War,” in A History of 1930s Literature, ed. Benjamin Kohlmann and Matthew Taunton (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018.)

“Modernist Figures and the Pluralistic Universe,” in Understanding James, Understanding Modernism, ed. David Evans. London: Bloomsbury Press, 2017. 193-214.

“Surveillance and the "Poetics of Silence": Late Modernist Imagism in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four," in Mark Levene, ed. Political Fiction. Salem Press, 2015. Pp. 132-152.

“ ‘There’ll be no more fishing this side the grave’: George Orwell’s Radical Nostalgia,“ Modernism and Nostalgia I, ed. Tammy Clewell (Palgrave, 2013) 149–165.

“ ‘Grieving in a New Way for New Losses’: British Elegies on the Spanish Civil War,” The Spanish Civil War: History, Memory, Representation, ed. Anindya Raychaudhuri (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2013) 124–41.

Current Supervisions

Adam Cotton, Irene Mangoutas (about students)