Andrew Frayn

Andrew Frayn

Dr Andrew Frayn FHEA



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. A funded research assistant, Dr James Benstead (Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant) is helping me work on this; Dr Fiona Houston (ENU funded) and Louise Bell (Carnegie Trust), have also worked 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 (Vice-Chair 2021; 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




Conference Organising Activity

  • ‘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.’
  • ‘Northernness, rurality and modernity in the works of Norman Nicholson.’
  • Conference co-organizer, D. H. Lawrence: New Directions, University of Manchester
  • ‘Mapping European War: Revolutionary Cartographies’, Modernist Studies Association conference, Boston
  • Conference co-organizer, Lateness and the Modern, University of Manchester


External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner, York St John University


Invited Speaker

  • War, Empire and Class in D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover
  • Rethinking First World War literature: The War Books Boom, 1928-30
  • Edgelands without a centre: Norman Nicholson and post-industry
  • ‘Teaching Djuna Barnes.’ Roundtable participant. The First International Djuna Barnes Conference (Institute for English Studies, University of London)
  • ‘“Literary forms do become exhausted, clapped out, as well”: Late Modernism and Late Style.’ Lateness and the Modern (University of Manchester)
  • ‘Who was disenchanted, and why?: First World War fiction in the 1920s.’ Research seminar (University of Central Lancashire)
  • ‘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)
  • ‘Cartographies of the Great War: Mapping Post-War Fiction.’ Alternate Spaces of the Great War, AHRC-funded network (Plymouth University)
  • ‘Enchantments and Attachments: Surviving and Coping in the First World War.’ Wartime Attachments (University College Dublin)
  • ‘“What did you do on Armistice Night?”: Ford Madox Ford and Commemoration.’ The Public Commemoration of the Past (University of Manchester)


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
  • ‘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
  • ‘First World War literature and the idea of disenchantment.’ Invited public lecture. Beverley Town Council



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


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