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Peter Fifield


Lecturer in Modern Literature.


Peter's research interests include illness in modernism, Samuel Beckett, ethics, modernist archives and neuroscience. His publications include Late Modernist Style in Samuel Beckett and Emmanuel Levinas (2013), and, as editor, Samuel Beckett: Debts and Legacies: New Critical Essays (2013) and various articles and book chapters.

His current project, Sick Literature, looks at responses to physical illness in modernist writing by a range of authors including Woolf, Ford and Lawrence. In 2011 he organized the international conference Samuel Beckett: Out of the Archive at York and edited a follow-up Special Issue of Modernism/modernity (18.4, 2011).
He is a coorganiser of the London Modernism Seminar.

He is currently co-supervising two doctoral students. With Jo Winning he is supervising Laura Cushing-Harries's research into Samuel Beckett and language deficit, and with Toby Litt he is supervising Michael Amherst's Literature and Creative Writing project on transcendence in the work of Marilynne Robinson and J. M. Coetzee.

He welcomes enquires from prospective research students interested in working on illness and modernism or Samuel Beckett.

He teaches on the BA English, MA Modern and Contemporary Literature and MA Contemporary Literature and Culture.

He has taught or convened the following BA modules:

  • Reading Literature
  • Tragedy
  • Critical Methods
  • Narratives of the Body
  • English Literary Modernism

And these MA modules:

  • Becoming Modern
  • Post-war to Contemporary