Staff Profile

  • Dr Rod Rosenquist is a Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing, having previously held positions at University of Portsmouth and Newbold College of Higher Education. 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’. 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 those tabs below – the publications tab will take you to the University repository for items published during his time at Northampton only, while the Other Publications tab will display all publications undertaken at other institutions.

  • Dr Rod Rosenquist is Programme Leader for the MA in English (Contemporary Literature), convening the module ‘Modernism in the Postmodern World’ and teaching on ‘Literary Transmediations’ for that programme. At undergraduate level, he regularly convenes modules on ‘Experimental Literature’ (Level 5), ‘Creative Nonfiction’ (Level 5) and ‘Celebrity, Publicity and American Literature’ (Level 6), amongst others. He is supervising 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.

    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. He has also been developing a project for several years on modernist memoirs, celebrity culture and temporality. Exploring life writing between 1930 and 1970, the project aims to assess the retrospective and public shaping of the modern movement from a late modernist perspective, assessing modernist tropes of ‘the thing’ and ‘the ordinary’, fashion and the body, time and place, and modernist affect. In support of the project, Dr Rosenquist was awarded two fellowships in 2013 to carry out archival research at the Beinecke Rare Books and Manusripts Library, Yale University, and the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas.

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

  • Books

    • Modernism, the Market and the Institution of the New (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009; paperback 2012)
    • Blasting and Bombardiering by Wyndham Lewis, edited and with Introduction and Afterword by Rod Rosenquist (Oxford: Oxford University Press, under contract 2019)
    • Incredible Modernism: Literature, Trust and Deception, co-edited with John Attridge (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013)

    Journal Special Issues with Introductions

    • ‘Transatlantic Celebrity: European Fame in Nineteenth-Century America’, introduction to Comparative American Studies 14:1 (March 2016), Eds. Paraic Finnerty and Rod Rosenquist, pp. 1-6 (DOI 10.1080/14775700.2016.1213022)
    • ‘Modernism in Public’, Modernist Cultures 11:3, co-editors Rod Rosenquist and Alice Wood, (November 2016), 299-311 (DOI 10.3366/mod.2016.0142).

    Peer-reviewed journal articles

    • ‘The Ordinary Celebrity and the Celebrated Ordinary in 1930s Modernist Memoirs’, Genre 49:3 (December 2016), 359-383. (DOI 10.1215/00166928-3659122).
    • ‘Copywriting Gertrude Stein: Anonymity, Advertising, Autobiography’, Modernist Cultures 11:3 (Autumn 2016), 331-350 (DOI 10.3366/mod.2016/0144).
    • ‘A Transatlantic “Field of Stars”: Redrawing the Borders of English Literature in the Late Nineteenth Century’, in Celebrity Encounters: Famous Americans in Nineteenth-Century Europe special issue (eds. Paraic Finnerty and Mark Frost), Critical Survey 27:4 (Winter 2015), pp. 105-23 (DOI 10.3167/cs.2015.270307)
    • ‘Modernism, Celebrity and the Public Personality’, Literature Compass 10:5 (May 2013), pp. 437-448 (DOI 10.1111/lic3.12064)

    Book chapters

    • ‘Production and Reproduction: Gertrude Stein 1874 – 1946’ in Celebrity Authorship and Afterlives in English and American Literature, eds. Gaston Franssen and Rick Honings (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
    • ‘Trusting Personality: Modernist Memoir and its Audience’ in Incredible Modernism, eds. John Attridge and Rod Rosenquist (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013)
    • ‘Afterword’ in Incredible Modernism, eds. John Attridge and Rod Rosenquist (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013)
    • ‘Myth, Fact and ‘Literary Belief’: Imagination and Post-Empiricism in C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien’ in Re-Embroidering the Robe: Faith, Myth and Literary Imagination since 1850, eds. Suzanne Bray, Adrienne E. Gavin and Peter Merchant (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2008)