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Dr Rebecca Beasley

Fellow in English

Fellow Librarian


I grew up on the Isle of Wight, and in Yorkshire and Hampshire. After attending my local comprehensive and sixth form college, I studied English at Cambridge. For my Master’s degree, I went to the University of California, Berkeley, and then returned to Cambridge to write my PhD on the twentieth-century American poet, Ezra Pound. Since 1998, I have taught in the English departments of the University of Liverpool, Queen Mary, and Birkbeck (both University of London), before coming to Queen’s in 2008.


I teach literature from the Victorian period to the present day, and have particular interests in early twentieth-century literature, literature and visual culture, and the relationship between different national literatures. I have supervised graduate students on a broad range of twentieth-century topics, particularly in the field of modernist literature.


My first two books were on modernist poetry and its contexts, and I continue to research and publish in that area, particularly on topics relating to Ezra Pound, art criticism, and periodical culture. My current research is on the impact of Russian culture on early twentieth-century British literature, and focuses more on fiction, theatre, non-fictional prose and cinema. If you’re interested in reading more about my research, there’s further information on my English Faculty web page.


Ed. with Philip Ross Bullock, Russia in Britain: From Melodrama to Modernism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)

‘Literature and the Visual Arts: Art and Letters (1917-20); The Apple (1920-22)’, in Modernist Magazines: A Critical and Cultural History: Britain and Ireland, 1880-1945, ed. by Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), pp. 485-504

T.S. Eliot, T.E. Hulme, Ezra Pound: Theorists of Modernist Poetry (London: Routledge, 2007)

‘Wyndham Lewis and Modernist Satire’, in The Cambridge Companion to the Modernist Novel, ed. by Morag Shiach (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. 126-36

Ezra Pound and the Visual Culture of Modernism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007)