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Dr Lara Feigel

Dr Lara FeigelReader in Modern Literature

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King's College London
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Research Interests and PhD supervision
  • The engagement between literature and cinema in the 1930s and 40s
  • Second World War lives and literature
  • Anglo-German cultural exchange during the Occupation of Germany

Dr Lara Feigel's research is centred on literature in the late modernist period, focusing particularly on the 1930s and the Second World War and its aftermath.  Much of her work is interdisciplinary and she reads literature alongside film and fine-art.  Her first monograph entitled Literature, Cinema, Politics, 1930-1945, Reading Between the Frames (Edinburgh University Press, 2010) tells the story that unfolded between 1920s cinematic modernism and postwar cinematic neorealism, exploring the rise and fall of a distinct genre of politically committed, cinematic literature.  Her second book entitled The Love-charm of Bombs: Restless Lives in the Second World War (Bloomsbury, 2013) explores the wartime lives and writing of five writers (Elizabeth Bowen, Henry Green, Graham Greene, Rose Macaulay, Hilde Spiel). She is also the co-editor (with John Sutherland) of the New Selected Journals of Stephen Spender (Faber, 2012) and (with Alexandra Harris) of a collection of essays exploring modernist aesthetic responses to the seaside (Modernism on Sea, Peter Lang, 2009). Dr Feigel's next book will be about the British and American writers and filmmakers involved in the reconstruction of Germany, 1945-1949. This research is enabled by a five-year European Research Council Starting Grant and a three year Phillip Leverhulme Prize. Dr Feigel is also the co-director (with Erica Carter) of the Centre for Modern Literature and Culture.

Dr Feigel welcomes PhD applications related to any aspect of her research.

For more details, please see Lara's full research profile.

Selected Publications
  • Lara Feigel (2011) 'I Feared/The Photograph my Skull would take:Time and Photography in British and German Second World War Literature', in Bombing, States and Peoples in Western Europe, 1940-1945
  • Lara Feigel (2010) Literature, Cinema and Politics, 1930-1945, Reading between the Frames Edinburgh University Press        [Authored Book in print]
  • Lara Feigel (2009) 'Kiss Me Quick: the Aesthetics of Excess in 1930s Literature and Film', in Modernism-on-Sea: Art and Culture at the British Seaside                                                                             
  • Lara Feigel, Alexandra Harris (2009) Modernism-on-Sea: Art and Culture at the British Seaside Peter Lang                                            [Edited book in print]
For a complete list of publications, please see Lara's full research profile.


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