Andrew Frayn

Andrew Frayn

Dr Andrew Frayn FHEA

Lecturer

Biography

I joined Edinburgh Napier as Lecturer in Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture in August 2015. I am currently Programme Leader for BA(Hons) English.

My primary research interests are in the early twentieth century, particularly literature about the First World War. My monograph Writing Disenchantment: British First World War Prose, 1914-30 (Manchester University Press, 2014) argues that disenchantment was not only a post facto response to the war, and conceives it more widely as a condition of modernity. I have written a number of chapters and articles on related authors including Richard Aldington, Ford Madox Ford, and C. E. Montague. I edited a special issue of Modernist Cultures on ‘Modernism and the First World War’ (12.1, 2017), which I introduced, and of The Journal of War and Culture Studies (11.3, 2018), which I introduced with my co-editor and also contributed a sole-authored article. My current project in this area aims to assess the extent and scope of the supposed War Books Boom of the late 1920s. Two funded research assistants, Dr Fiona Houston (funded by ENU) and Louise Bell (funded by the Carnegie Trust), are helping me work on this.

Other work has mostly come in related areas. My research on ideas about disenchantment led to an article on Aldington's poetry and 'the masses' (Modernist Cultures 9.2, 2014); this also precipitated an interest in the philosophy of Theodor W. Adorno, particularly his work on ‘late style’. A future book will probe this concept. I edited H.G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds and The War in the Air (Wordsworth, 2017), and will edit May Sinclair’s Anne Severn and the Fieldings (Edinburgh University Press, 2024).

Outside of these core interests, I have written about mapping and cartographic metaphors in Mapping Across Academia (Springer, 2017), and am currently working on two articles about the Cumbrian poet Norman Nicholson, one connecting him with recent theories of rural modernity, and one on the idea of 'wartime'.

I serve on the executive steering committee for the British Association for Modernist Studies, edit the New Canterbury Literary Society (Richard Aldington) Newsletter, and was previously Secretary to the Ford Madox Ford Society.

Research Areas

News

Events

Esteem

Conference Activity

  • ‘Rewriting and remembering: R.H. Mottram and the First World War, 1914-1971.’
  • ‘Northernness, rurality and modernity in the works of Norman Nicholson.’
  • ‘“They fell to pieces at a touch”: Richard Aldington, the First World War and the male body.’
  • ‘Mapping European War: Revolutionary Cartographies’, Modernist Studies Association conference, Boston
  • Conference co-organizer, D. H. Lawrence: New Directions, University of Manchester
  • Conference co-organizer, Lateness and the Modern, University of Manchester

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner, York St John University

 

Invited Speaker

  • ‘“Literary forms do become exhausted, clapped out, as well”: Late Modernism and Late Style.’ Lateness and the Modern (University of Manchester)
  • ‘The Time and Space of Disenchantment: First World War novel series in the 1920s.’ Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies (Liverpool Hope University)
  • ‘Teaching Djuna Barnes.’ Roundtable participant. The First International Djuna Barnes Conference (Institute for English Studies, University of London)
  • ‘“What did you do on Armistice Night?”: Ford Madox Ford and Commemoration.’ The Public Commemoration of the Past (University of Manchester)
  • ‘Who was disenchanted, and why?: First World War fiction in the 1920s.’ Research seminar (University of Central Lancashire)
  • ‘Enchantments and Attachments: Surviving and Coping in the First World War.’ Wartime Attachments (University College Dublin)
  • ‘Cartographies of the Great War: Mapping Post-War Fiction.’ Alternate Spaces of the Great War, AHRC-funded network (Plymouth University)

 

Media Activity

  • ‘Armistice Day and a mythologised, distant version of the First World War.’ Guardian, 12 November 2011, 17. Longer online version available at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/nov/12/armistice-day-first-world-war

 

Public Engagement Activity

  • ‘“A memorial in its ineffective way”: First World War Literature in the post-War decade.’ Invited public lecture. South Staffordshire Libraries
  • ‘The First World War: Enchantments and Disenchantments.’ Invited lecture to sixth-form students. University of Manchester
  • ‘First World War literature and the idea of disenchantment.’ Invited public lecture. Beverley Town Council
  • D. H. Lawrence’s Bay and the First World War’. Invited public lecture. The D. H. Lawrence Society, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire

 

Reviewing

  • Reviewer: First World War Studies, Journal of British Studies, Journal of Gender Studies, Modernism/ Modernity, The Space Between

 

Date


19 results

“It was in that way that we used to talk, in July, 1914, of Armageddon”: Wartime in Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End Tetralogy

Book Chapter
Frayn, A. (in press)
“It was in that way that we used to talk, in July, 1914, of Armageddon”: Wartime in Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End Tetralogy. In Literature and Modern TimeBasingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-29278-2
No abstract available.

Ford and the First World War

Book Chapter
Frayn, A. (2018)
Ford and the First World War. In The Routledge Research Companion to Ford Madox FordTaylor & Francis
This chapter surveys Ford Madox Ford's writings about war. He was conscious of war writing by the beginning of the twentieth century via his friendship with Stephen Crane; th...

Introduction: War and Memory

Journal Article
Frayn, A., & Phillips, T. (2018)
Introduction: War and Memory. Journal of War and Culture Studies, 11(3), 181-191. doi:10.1080/17526272.2018.1490075
This introduction situates the articles in this journal issue within recent scholarship about war and memory. The plethora of available terminology is addressed, tracing memo...

Social Remembering, Disenchantment and First World War Literature, 1918–1930

Journal Article
Frayn, A. (2018)
Social Remembering, Disenchantment and First World War Literature, 1918–1930. Journal of War and Culture Studies, 11(3), 192-208. https://doi.org/10.1080/17526272.2018.1490072
The way that the First World War would be remembered was yet to be solidified in the years immediately after the Armistice and peace treaties. Using key case studies from the...

Lustspielabend: A Night at Stobs [Programme Brochure accompanying public performances]

Other
Schwan, A., Davie, I., Frayn, A., Durkin, R., & Manz, S. (2018)
Lustspielabend: A Night at Stobs [Programme Brochure accompanying public performances]
This programme brochure was developed for audiences attending the 'A Night at Stobs' evening of theatre and music in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Hawick in June 2018. It contains in...

A Night at Stobs

Exhibition / Performance
Schwan, A., Davie, I., Frayn, A., Martin, S., & Dempster, K. A Night at Stobs. [Music and Theatre Performance]. 18 June 2018 - 22 June 2018. (Unpublished)

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Schwan, A., Davie, I., Frayn, A., Martin, S., & Dempster, K. A Night at Stobs. [Music and Theatre Performance]. 18 June 2018 - 22 June 2018. (Unpublished
An evening of music and comedy, based on material found at Stobs Camp, a First World War internment camp in the Scottish Borders. Performances at Chalmers Church, Edinburgh (...

German prisoners held comedy nights in British war camps – we recreated one

Other
Frayn, A. (2018)
German prisoners held comedy nights in British war camps – we recreated one. [The Conversation]
This article engages with the history of First World War internment, both civilian and prisoner of war. The focus is the Stobs Camp, near Hawick, and the theatre show A Night...

Introduction to H.G Wells "The War of the Worlds" and "The War in the Air"

Book Chapter
Frayn, A. (2017)
Introduction to H.G Wells "The War of the Worlds" and "The War in the Air". In A. Frayn (Ed.), The War of the Worlds and The War in the AirWordsworth Editions
Published a decade apart and spanning the turn of the twentieth century, The War of the Worlds (1898) and The War in the Air (1908) are brought together in one volume for the ...

Introduction: Modernism and the First World War

Journal Article
Frayn, A. (2017)
Introduction: Modernism and the First World War. Modernist Cultures, 12(1), 1-15. https://doi.org/10.3366/mod.2017.0153
Introduction to special issue of Modernist Cultures on Modernism and the First World War. Surveys recent critical issues at the intersection of First World War and Modernist ...

David Bowie’s late revival belongs to a grand tradition dating back to Beethoven

Other
Frayn, A., & Durkin, R. (2017)
David Bowie’s late revival belongs to a grand tradition dating back to Beethoven. https://theconversation.com/david-bowies-late-revival-belongs-to-a-grand-tradition-dating-back-to-beethoven-71031
On David Bowie's Blackstar as embodying aspects of late style, as discussed by Theodor Adorno and Edward Said. https://theconversation.com/david-bowies-late-revival-belongs-t...

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