Dr Ashley Maher

BA (Drury University), PhD (Washington University in St Louis)
Lecturer in English

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone (02) 9114 2199

Biographical details

Before coming to Sydney, Ashley Maher was a Junior Research Fellow at University College, Oxford. She specialises in twentieth-century British literature, with longstanding teaching and research interests in modernism and late modernism, politics, literature and the visual arts, war, dystopian fiction, and the relationships between authors and institutions. Dr Maher's first book establishes the centrality of modernist buildings and architectural periodicals to British midcentury literature. Work from this project has already appeared in ELH. Her next project explores how new methods for monitoring and preserving animal populations allowed British novelists to develop new literary strategies for representing human behavior within large, delicately balanced communities.

Research interests

  • modern and contemporary literature (primarily midcentury British fiction)
  • architectural theory and history
  • visual culture
  • the environment
  • British political history
  • heritage studies
  • academic writing
  • the novel
  • utopianism and dystopianism

Teaching and supervision

  • ENGL6109: Modern and Contemporary Drama

Current projects

  • Rehousing Modernism: British Literature, Modern Architecture, and the State. Accepted for publication at Oxford University Press.
  • “Modernism’s Not-So-Little Magazine: The Architectural Review and Modern British Literature”

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Maher, A. (2013). "Swastika arms of passage leading to nothing": Late Modernism and the "New" Britain. ELH, 80(1), 251-285. [More Information]
  • Maher, A. (2012). Review of Intermodernism: Literary Culture in Mid-Twentieth-Century Britain, ed. Kristin Bluemel. Woolf Studies Annual, 18, 180-183.

2013

  • Maher, A. (2013). "Swastika arms of passage leading to nothing": Late Modernism and the "New" Britain. ELH, 80(1), 251-285. [More Information]

2012

  • Maher, A. (2012). Review of Intermodernism: Literary Culture in Mid-Twentieth-Century Britain, ed. Kristin Bluemel. Woolf Studies Annual, 18, 180-183.

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