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Department of English Studies

Current and Recent Research Students

Dr Emily Ridge


I completed my B.A. at Trinity College Dublin and M.A. at University College London. In 2012, I was awarded my PhD here at Durham University and I am currently teaching in the Department of English Studies at Durham on a part-time basis. Funded by an AHRC award and a Durham Academic Scholarship, my doctoral research focuses on the use of luggage imagery in modernism. The first full-length study of its kind, it explores all facets of imaginative engagement with luggage, material and metaphorical, during the modern period, and further establishes a long-standing symbolic and intertextual tradition of invoking luggage in literature, a tradition built upon and developed by modernist writers. Expanding upon my work on luggage, I am currently working on a new research project on the subject of fraught literary representations of hospitality and host-guest relations in late modernist writing. It will consider the ways in which these representations invoke and reflect upon acts of political diplomacy and the reception of refugees across the continent of Europe.


Having published in and reviewed for Kaleidescope, I have four further articles forthcoming in Textual Practice, Katherine Mansfield Studies, Modernism/Modernity and Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing. As a postgraduate representative on the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS) committee, I am actively engaged in the promotion and development of modernist activity in the UK. I was also on the curatorial team for 'Outrageously Modern!,' an exhibition of fin-de-siècle and modernist magazines at Palace Green Library, Durham, running from February-October 2012. Further to this, I have been involved in coordinating a couple of lecture series as well as an interdisciplinary symposium on literature and place, jointly supported by English and Geography departments. I have experience of teaching on 'Introduction to the Novel,' 'Introduction to Drama', 'Literature of the Modern Period' and 'Post-War Fiction and Poetry' modules in the Durham Department of English Studies.


Accepted/Published Research Articles:


'Women, Luggage and Maternity, 1890-1939'

Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing (forthcoming 2015 as part of a special issue entitled 'Women Writing Travel, 1890-1939')


‘The Problem of the Woman’s Bag from the New Woman to Modernism’

Modernism/Modernity (forthcoming September 2014)            


‘Elizabeth Bowen, Howards End and the Luggage of Modernity'

Textual Practice 27.1 (forthcoming January 2013 as part of a special issue entitled ‘Elizabeth

Bowen and Textual Modernity’)


Workmanship and Wildness: Katherine Mansfield on Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence'

Katherine Mansfield Studies 5 (forthcoming 2013 as part of a special issue entitled'Katherine Mansfield and the (Post)colonial')


‘“SO”: Tracing Georges Perec in the Work of Sophie Calle’

Kaleidoscope 4.1 (2010), 19-26.




The Comfort of Things by Daniel Miller

Kaleidoscope 4.1 (2010), 64-66