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 was Programme Leader for BA(Hons) English from 2017-22.

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 special issues of Modernist Cultures on ‘Modernism and the First World War’ (12.1, 2017), the Journal of War and Culture Studies (11.3, 2018), and a Print+ cluster for Modernism/modernity (7.2, 2022).

My current project in this area (funded so far by ENU and the Carnegie Trust) assesses the extent and scope of the War Books Boom of the late 1920s. An initial article has been published in First World War Studies (2022), and I am working towards a monograph on the subject.

My current secondary interest is in rural modernity and rural modernism; I am more generally interested in the spaces and places of literature. A 2023 article, theoretical but focusing on the Cumbrian poet Norman Nicholson, offers the first definition of ‘rural modernism’. Further work is forthcoming on this topic, the next article of which will examine wartime rural modernisms, bringing together the main intellectual strands of my work.

The other main strand of my work is in modernist textual editing. I edited H.G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds and The War in the Air (Wordsworth, 2017). I have been invited to edit volumes in the Complete Works editions of Ford Madox Ford, Wyndham Lewis, and May Sinclair.

Beyond these, I am interested in ideas about lateness, both in the sense of late modernism, and also Theodor W. Adorno’s concept of ‘late style’. I am working on a survey article, and a piece examining David Bowie’s late style.

I serve on the executive steering committee for the British Association for Modernist Studies (Chair 2022), edit the New Canterbury Literary Society (Richard Aldington) Newsletter, and was previously Secretary to the Ford Madox Ford Society (2011-19).

Research Areas

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Conference Organising Activity

  • Conference organiser: Hopeful Modernisms, University of Bristol, 23-25 June 2022
  • Conference co-organiser, Festival of Modernism, Online, June-July 2021
  • Conference organiser, New Work in Modernist Studies, online, December 2020
  • 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
  • External Examining: Scottish Universities International Summer School

 

Invited Speaker

  • Conference talk: Raymond Williams @ 100: A Centenary Conference, Manchester, April 2022
  • Seminar speaker: Northumbria University, November 2021
  • Conference talk: Beyond the Avant-Garde? Rethinking the Vanguard in British Music since 1970 , Goldsmiths and the University of Manchester; online, July 2021
  • Conference talk: Networking May Sinclair, Université de Nantes, France; online, June 2021
  • Seminar speaker: Ghent University, Belgium, November 2021
  • Conference talk: Technology: the International Society for First World War Studies conference, Gettysburg College/online, September 2021
  • Conference talk: Upheaval and Reconstruction: Modernist Studies Association Conference, University of Toronto, November 2019
  • Conference talk: Troublesome Modernisms, British Association for Modernist Studies, London, 20-22 June 2019
  • Seminar Speaker: University of Edinburgh, November 2018
  • Conference talk: Recording, Narrating and Archiving the First World War, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia,, July 2018
  • Conference talk: 1918 to 2018: An International Conference, University of Wolverhampton, September 2018
  • Conference talk: Orientations, University of Nottingham, 30-31 May 2018
  • Conference talk: International Richard Aldington Society Conference, Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France, July 2018
  • Conference talk: The Fictional First World War: Imagination and Memory Since 1914, University of Aberdeen, April 2017
  • Conference talk: Modernist Life, University of Birmingham, June 2017
  • Seminar speaker: Scottish Network of Modernist Studies, University of Edinburgh, March 2017
  • Seminar speaker: University College Dublin, May 2016
  • Conference talk: Historical Modernisms, Institute for English Studies, University of London, December 2016
  • Conference talk: Modernist Studies Association conference, Boston, November 2015
  • Conference talk: Aftermath: The Cultural Legacies of World War I, King's College London, May 2015
  • Seminar speaker: University of Plymouth, July 2014
  • Seminar speaker: The First International Djuna Barnes Conference, Institute for English Studies, University of London, September 2012
  • Seminar speaker: University of Central Lancashire, Preston, May 2012
  • Seminar speaker: University of Manchester, May 2011
  • Seminar speaker: University of Manchester, May 2011
  • Seminar speaker: Liverpool Hope University, February 2011

 

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/Community Engagement

  • Public Engagement: The Norman Nicholson Society festival, June 2019, Millom, Cumbria
  • Public engagement: Local History Café, February 2018, Erewash Museum, Ilkeston
  • Public Engagement: Lecture to the D.H. Lawrence Society, June 2016, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire
  • Public Engagement: Lecture, November 2014, Beverly, East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Public Engagement: Invited lecture to sixth-form students, December 2013, University of Manchester
  • Public Engagement: Invited public lecture, November 2009, South Staffordshire Libraries

 

Reviewing

  • Journal reviewer: numerous journals and publishers [see description]

 

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24 results

The War Books Boom, 1928-1930

Journal Article
Frayn, A., & Houston, F. (2022)
The War Books Boom, 1928-1930. First World War Studies, 13(1), 25-45. https://doi.org/10.1080/19475020.2022.2129718
Based on a dataset of unparalleled extent containing nearly 1500 books, this article for the first time offers an analysis of the War Books Boom that combines the qualitative ...

British War Writing, 1900–1920: Empire, Mass Warfare and Mass Culture

Book Chapter
Frayn, A. (2021)
British War Writing, 1900–1920: Empire, Mass Warfare and Mass Culture. In J. Purdon (Ed.), British Literature in Transition, 1900–1920: A New Age? (106-121). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108648714.007
Representations of conflict in the early twentieth century respond both to the impact of mass industrial warfare, particularly in the First World War, and the development of m...

The UK War Books Boom, 1926-33

Dataset
Frayn, A., & Houston, F. (2021)
The UK War Books Boom, 1926-33. [Dataset]. https://doi.org/10.17869/enu.2021.2810868
Data for article 'The War Books Boom in Britain, 1928–1930'. For submission to First World War Studies, Oct 2021. Data collected Jan 2020-Aug 2021 from various sources articu...

Richard Aldington, Images of War (1919) and Death of a Hero (1929)

Book Chapter
Frayn, A. (2021)
Richard Aldington, Images of War (1919) and Death of a Hero (1929). In R. Schneider, & J. Potter (Eds.), Handbook of British Literature and Culture of the First World War (183-195). Berlin: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110422467-009
Richard Aldington is a distinctive and underrated writer. His Imagist poetry and his coruscating First World War novel Death of a Hero (1929) have continued to receive scholar...

Ford Madox Ford, Parade’s End (tetralogy, 1924–1928)

Book Chapter
Frayn, A. (2021)
Ford Madox Ford, Parade’s End (tetralogy, 1924–1928). In R. Schneider, & J. Potter (Eds.), Handbook of British Literature and Culture of the First World War (253-266). Berlin: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110422467-015
A key figure in the modernist network, Ford published new writers as the editor of two important journals, The English Review (1908–1910) and the transatlantic review (1924) (...

“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. (2020)
“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 Time (25-49). Basingstoke: 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...

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...

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. https://doi.org/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...

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...

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