Dr Julia C Sutton-Mattocks

BA, MA, PhD

  • BS8 1TE

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Research interests

My research interests can be summarised as the continuities between late nineteenth-century culture and the interwar period; transnational European Modernism and the Avant-garde; interactions between narratives of the body (and/or body politic) and the arts; and interactions between different art forms, especially between literature, cinema and art.

My Ph.D. research, which was funded by the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, examined portrayals of medicine in Czech- and Russian-language literature and cinema of the 1920s and early 1930s. It looked particularly at the role of medicine in the post-First World War and post-Revolution project of regeneration, and its connections with the perceived degeneration of the fin de siècle. The project focused on four particularly prevalent medical themes in the literature and cinema of the interwar period: syphilis, nervous illness, surgery, and the medicalisation of childbirth. While the focus of the thesis was on Russian and Czech interwar literature and cinema, my research took in nineteenth-century Decadence, Naturalism and Realism as well as many different manifestations of Modernism and the Avant-garde.

In the 2020–21 academic year, I am convening an introductory first-year unit on Russian literature, teaching Russian to English translation at first-year, second-year and Masters level, and also contributing to two team-taught undergraduate cultural modules: 'Hedgehogs & Foxes' (nineteenth-century Russian literature) and 'Woman & Nation'.

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