Staff Profile

  • Dr Rod Rosenquist is Senior Lecturer in English. He is the author of Modernism, the Market and the Institution of the New (Cambridge 2009), co-editor of Incredible Modernism: Literature, Trust and Deception and a special issue of Modernist Cultures on ‘Modernism in Public’ – as well as a number of articles and chapters on modernist literature. His teaching and research interests focus on the cultural contexts of the modernist period, including literary markets, public-facing modernism, celebrity culture and literary memoir – please get in touch if you are interested in working toward a PhD in any of these areas. To learn more about teaching or research (including a full list of publications), click on the tabs below.

  • Dr Rod Rosenquist leads on the MA module ‘Modernism in the Postmodern World’ and teaches on ‘Literary Transmediations’ for the same programme. At undergraduate level, he regularly convenes modules on ‘Digital Culture and Print Media’ (Level 4), ‘Writing in the World:  Nonfiction’ (Level 5) and ‘Celebrity, Authorship and American Literature’ (Level 6), as well as the compulsory first-year module introducing literary studies across the genres. He supervises dissertations and theses at the undergraduate, the MA and the PhD level.

  • Dr Rod Rosenquist has published primarily in the areas of cultural contexts for modernism, including high culture, popular culture, celebrities, markets and marketing, late modernism and period terms, trust and deception, and life writing. He has written about the lives, the cultural positions and the works of major high modernists, like James Joyce, Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot, early modernists like Henry James, Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford and in further detail on Gertrude Stein, Wyndham Lewis, Laura Riding and the Objectivist poets (primarily Zukofsky, Bunting and Niedecker). He is interested in speaking to anyone considering a PhD in these specific areas or authors, or in modernism more generally.

    In collaboration with Dr Jim Beach, Dr Rosenquist is currently editing Blasting and Bombardiering (1937), a memoir focused on World War I and high modernism, for Oxford University Press’s forthcoming Collected Works of Wyndham Lewis.  The interdisciplinary approach to the volume aims to re-establish the cultural and historical contexts of this key text, as well as make the author’s own version of the autobiography readily available once more.

    Dr Rosenquist has also done considerable work on celebrity authors and autobiography during the modernist period, with work published in scholarly journals like Genre, Critical Survey and Modernist Cultures.  In support of the project, Dr Rosenquist was awarded two fellowships in 2013 to carry out archival research at the Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, Yale University, and the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas.

    Dr Rosenquist regularly serves the wider research community in various ways.  He has peer reviewed widely for academic publishers, including for Oxford University Press, Edinburgh University Press, Bloomsbury USA, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature and Modernism/modernity.  He has led in the organisation of five research conferences or symposia, has served on the executive committee for the British Association of Modernist Studies since 2020, and led on the UON English return for REF2021.

  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Rod Rosenquist’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.