PositionNoreen Masud copy

Stipendiary Lecturer in English at Brasenose College and Balliol College.


BA (Oxon), MPhil (Cantab)

Research Interests

My research focuses largely on the twentieth-century, with significant inroads into Victorian and Romantic writing. Particular interests include Stevie Smith, Edward Lear, D. H. Lawrence, W. S. Graham, Ivy Compton-Burnett, intermodernism, Victorian hymn, aphorism, ‘flatness’ as a literary style and motif.


2016-17: Stipendiary Lecturer in Victorian and Modern Literature, St Anne’s College
2014-17: DPhil in English, Linacre College

Undergraduate Teaching Areas

Victorian and Modern Literature, Literary Theory.

Selected Publications:


‘Pledged to the Plain: Flat Stevie’, Women: A Cultural Review (accepted, forthcoming 2018).

‘‘Ach ja’: Stevie Smith’s Escheresque Metamorphoses’, Cambridge Quarterly (2016) 45 (3): 244-267.

Book Chapters

‘Collecting Stevie Smith’s Aphorisms’ in Aphoristic Modernity: 1890 to the Present, ed. Michael Shallcross (Rodophi/Brill: accepted and forthcoming 2018).

‘Wild as a Cat: Stevie Smith and Sylvia Plath’ in Sylvia Plath in Context, ed. Tracy Brain (Cambridge University Press: accepted and forthcoming 2018).


Co-editor, Special Issue of Women: A Cultural Review on Stevie Smith, with Dr Frances White (forthcoming 2018).


‘Aphorism Exploded’ (review of The Aphorism by Ben Grant), Cambridge Quarterly (accepted, forthcoming 2017).

‘Stopping at Stonegate’ (review of Everyday Stories by Rachel Bowlby), Cambridge Quarterly (2017) 46 (2): 194-200.

‘Allowing a Lapse’ (review of Still Life: Suspended Development in the Victorian Novel by Elisha Cohn), Cambridge Quarterly (2016) 45 (4): 365-372.


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