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Dr Alice Kelly

I am a Junior Research Fellow at Corpus Christi and the Harmsworth Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the History of the United States and World War One at the Rothermere American Institute. I completed my BA at the University of Sussex (with a year abroad at Reed College, Portland, Oregon), my MSt at Oxford, and my PhD at the University of Cambridge. From 2012-15 I was based at Yale University as a Fox Fellow and later as a Lecturer in English, and as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Modern British History at Wesleyan University. I returned to Oxford in 2015 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Women in the Humanities Programme at The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH). I joined Corpus and the RAI in October 2016.

My interdisciplinary research interests are in twentieth-century literary and cultural history in Britain and America, and war cultures and commemoration, particularly the First World War. My research to date for both scholarly and public audiences has sought to develop our understanding of the literary and cultural impact of the war and restore neglected and previously unknown First World War documents. I am currently working on a monograph on death and the culture of war commemoration that underlies British and American modernism in the wartime and immediate postwar period. I am the recipient of a 2017-18 British Academy Rising Stars Engagement Award for my interdisciplinary seminar, Cultures and Commemorations of War, which developed out of a seminar I devised at Yale. In August 2017 I was the Corpus Christi-Huntington Exchange Fellow at the Huntington Library in California. In Spring 2018 I will be a Remarque Fellow at New York University.

I teach both History and English. At Corpus, I co-teach Disciplines of History and teach General History IV: Society, Nation and Empire (1815-1914). I also teachthe ‘Gender and History’ section of the Approaches to History paper. At Corpus and in the Faculty I supervise and examine undergraduate dissertations, and postgraduate theses by students on the M.St. in US History and the M.St. in British and European History. I also do some occasional M.St. teaching. In the Faculty of English, I have co-taught the M.St. course The Lessons of the Master: Henry James and His Literary Legacies. Although not strictly teaching, I established and run the TORCH Academic Writing Group every Monday and Friday, which helps PhD students and Early Career Researchers to create healthy writing practices. I lead sessions for postgraduate students on writing practices and applying for academic jobs (see my recent blog series on this topic).

Recent Publications:

‘The American Friends – Nurse, Suffragette, War Writer: Ellen N. La Motte’s Life in Letters’, Times Literary Supplement (29 March 2017), p. 

‘How to Make Writing in the Humanities Less Lonely’ (Times Higher Education, 2 March 2017), p. 30 – about my TORCH Academic Writing Group

‘Letters from Home: Wartime Correspondences’, in The Edinburgh Companion to the First World War and the Arts (Edinburgh University Press, June 2017), ed. by Ann-Marie Einhaus and Katherine Baxter), pp. 77-94

‘Mansfield Mobilised: Katherine Mansfield, the First World War and Military Discourse’, Special Issue of Modernist Cultures, Vol. 12: Modernism and the First World War (Edinburgh University Press, March 2017), ed. by Andrew Frayn, pp. 78-97

Critical Edition of Edith Wharton’s Fighting France: From Dunkerque to Belfort (Edinburgh University Press, December 2015)

‘“The Field of Honour” – An Unknown First World War Story by Edith Wharton’ (Times Literary Supplement, 6 November 2015), pp. 15-16


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