Andrew Frayn

Andrew Frayn

Dr Andrew Frayn



I am Lecturer in Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture.

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 am editing and contributing towards forthcoming special issues on modernism and the First World War, and war and memory.

Other work has come in related areas. My research on ideas about disenchantment led to an article on Aldington's poetry and 'the masses' (Modernist Cultures, 2013); I have also written about mapping and cartographic metaphors in literary studies for a forthcoming volume.

I am Secretary to the Ford Madox Ford Society, and Editor of the New Canterbury Literary Society (Richard Aldington) Newsletter.

Research Areas




Conference Activity

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


Invited Speaker

  • ‘Enchantments and Attachments: Surviving and Coping in the First World War.’ Wartime Attachments (University College Dublin)
  • ‘“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)
  • ‘Cartographies of the Great War: Mapping Post-War Fiction.’ Alternate Spaces of the Great War, AHRC-funded network (Plymouth University)
  • ‘“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)


Media Activity

  • ‘Armistice Day and a mythologised, distant version of the First World War.’ Guardian, 12 November 2011, 17. Longer online version available at:


Public Engagement Activity

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



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


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