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Dr Cleo Hanaway-Oakley

DPhil, MA, BA

  • BS8 1TB


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Personal profile

Research interests

My research is inherently interdisciplinary and collaborative. I explore ideas of embodiment and subjectivity through considering the interrelations and intersections between literature, culture (especially film), philosophy, medicine, and science. Prior to joining Bristol in September 2018, I worked at the University of Oxford in the role of Knowledge Exchange Facilitator. I maintain a deep interest in, and enthusiasm for, knowledge exchange and impact-focused activities. From February to December 2019 I am on part-time secondment at the Science Museum, London, utilising their medical collections and developing a partnership between the Museum and Bristol's Centre for Health, Humanities and Science.

James Joyce and the Phenomenology of Film, my first monograph, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. I am now working on a new monograph, provisionally entitled Multifocal Modernism: Literature and Non-normative Vision, c. 1890-1950. My current research project, Colour Blindness in Literary and Cultural History, c. 1860-1940, will feed into my new monograph and produce a number of shorter public-facing and academic publications.

I lead Bristol's Senses Cluster, a newly-formed mutlidisciplinary network of academics and practitioners interested in sensing, the senses, and the sensory. The Cluster is hosted in the University's Centre for Health, Humanities and Science, and funded by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research. Please get in touch if you would like to be added to our mailing list.



I would be happy to hear from postgraduate students wishing to pursue research in any of my areas of interest: James Joyce; the relationship between literature and early film; literary modernism and medicine; literature and phenomenology; literature and the senses; literature and embodiment.


External positions

Editor, Modernist Cultures

Jan 2020 → …

Honorary Research Associate, Science Museum, London

Jan 2020 → …

Membership Secretary, British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS)

Jan 2019 → …

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Centre for Humanities Health and Science

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Research Output

Bloom and The Blind Man’s World: Non-normative Vision in James Joyce’s Ulysses

Hanaway-Oakley, C., 2021, (In preparation) In : Textual Practice.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

James Joyce and Samuel Beckett: Blind Bards in the Age of Silent Cinema

Hanaway-Oakley, C., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Irish Modernisms: : Gaps, Conjectures, Possibilities . Fagan, P., Greaney, J. & Radak, T. (eds.).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

BOOK REVIEW: Perpetual Carnival: Essays on Film and Literature, by Colin MacCabe (OUP, 2017)

Hanaway-Oakley, C., Sep 2019, In : James Joyce Quarterly. 1-2, 56

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review (Academic Journal)


Bristol Senses Cluster

Hanaway-Oakley, Cleo (Recipient), Nov 2018

Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants


  • 5 Invited talk
  • 4 Participation in conference
  • 3 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Fellowship awarded competitively

Researching the Medicine Collection: A Literary and Material History of Colour Blindness

Cleo Hanaway-Oakley (Invited speaker)

24 Jan 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

'a most curious look towards the red light'

Cleo Hanaway-Oakley (Invited speaker)

8 Feb 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

Making Sense of Museums

Cleo Hanaway-Oakley (Organiser)

5 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference