Andrzej Gasiorek

Colleges, School and Institutes

Biography

I began my career at the University of East Anglia, where I worked for three years. I have been at the University of Birmingham since 1993. I was Head of the Department of English Literature between 2013-16, Head of the School of English, Drama and American and Canadian Studies 2016-2019 and am now Head of College or Arts and Law.

Research interests

Andrzej Gasiorek is author of Postwar British Fiction, which concentrates on the various responses to the legacy of Modernism and to the challenges posed by Postmodernism. Since 1995 he has been working primarily on Modernist literature, although he has maintained an interest in contemporary writing, producing a book on JG Ballard. The writing and painting of Wyndham Lewis is an ongoing source of interest to him, and his book Wyndham Lewis and Modernism discusses Lewis’s complex contribution to (and later critique of) Modernism.

Dr Gasiorek's present principal interests coalesce around questions of history, tradition and ethics from the late nineteenth to the late twentieth century, including: the literary history of Modernism and Modernist philosophies of history; the politics of avant-gardism; the concept of Modernism and how it has been (and is continually being) theorised; and the emergence of Modernism and its intellectual roots in the nineteenth century. Recent work includes collaborations on large-scale projects around Modernism and the literary aesthetics and historiography of this period.

Willingness to take PhD students

Yes

PhD projects

I am interested in supervising topics on twentieth-century British literature, but especially in the area of modernism, with a particular focus on Wyndham Lewis.