Professor Max Saunders
Professor of English: Fellow of the English Association
Director of the Arts & Humanities Research Insitute (AHRI)
Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2342
Department of English
King's College London
Room 6.40 Virginia Woolf Building
London WC2B 6NR
I am primarily a literary critic, specialising in the 19th and 20th centuries, and especially in turn-of-the-century and Modernist fiction, criticism, and poetry.
Research interests and PhD supervision
The three main strands of my current and projected research, which frequently intertwine, are:
The development of Modernist writing; in particular the literary networks associated with Ford Madox Ford, and the relation between Modernism and the First World War;
Life-Writing, with a particular emphasis on the relation between auto/biography and fiction from 1870-1930;
Literary Impressionism and its relation to Modernism.
I welcome enquiries from prospective research students in any of my areas of research interest.
For more details, please see my full research profile.
‘Modernism, Impressionism, and Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier’, Études Anglaises, 57:4 (Oct.-Dec. 2004), 421-37;
‘Ford, the City, Impressionism and Modernism’, Ford Madox Ford and the City, International Ford Madox Ford Studies, no.4, ed. Sara Haslam (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2005), 67-80;
‘Literary Impressionism’, A Companion to Modernist Literature and Culture, ed. David Bradshaw and Kevin Dettmar (Blackwell, 2006)
For a complete list of publications, please see my full research profile
Expertise and Public Engagement
Most of my recent BA teaching has been on courses on Modernist fiction and poetics, the Literature of the First World War, Literature and Impressionism, and Comparative Fiction. I introduced our innovative ‘Writing Lives’ MA pathway in 1997, and more recently a BA module in ‘Autobiography and Modern Self-Representation’. Other MA courses I have taught include ‘Conflict: 20th Century War Literature’ and ‘Turn of the Century Representations of Sexuality’.
I am convener the new MA Life Writing, starting in 2010. The new MA Life Writing will offer students the chance to explore a range of topics and texts from 18th century to the present, inviting them to think broadly across conventional boundaries of period and genre. The main emphases will be on literary biography and autobiography, though attention will also be paid to letters, diaries, journals, and travel-writings.
In 2002 I launched the annual series International Ford Madox Ford Studies, of which I am General Editor. Future volumes are planned on Ford’s literary editing; his involvement with the visual arts; his relations with French and German literature and culture; his writings on gender; on the First World War; and his Edwardian fiction.
I am the Co-Director of the interdisciplinary Centre for Life-Writing Research formed by the Department in 2006, which continues to organise related events bringing together scholars and life-writing practitioners. I would welcome applications from students wishing to research any aspect of life-writing, including the writing of literary biography and the critical study of auto/biography.
I am committed to European collaboration, and have been a partner in and member of the ‘Scientific Committee’ of two EC-funded thematic networks, COTEPRA (on Comparative Literature in Theory and Practice) and ACUME (on cultural memory), run from the University of Bologna. I am currently also a partner in ACUME-2, focusing on the interface between the sciences and humanities.