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Dr Yuexi Liu

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I hold a doctorate from Durham University, where I teach undergraduate tutorials, and an MA from the University of Warwick. My doctoral thesis, entitled ‘Exterior Modernism: Evelyn Waugh and Cinema’ and supervised by Professor Patricia Waugh, is the first book-length study of Waugh’s relationship with cinema; such a relationship is crucial to the emergence and development of his version of modernism. Departing from high modernism, exterior modernism takes the form of an ‘outward turn’ privileging exteriority over the interiority of consciousness by foregrounding talk and drawing on cinema, comedy, and satire.

My research interests include the exterior modernists, such as Evelyn Waugh, Ernest Hemingway, Henry Green, Christopher Isherwood, and Anthony Powell; distributed cognition and affectivity; literature and cinema; and twentieth-century Chinese literature, particularly in the Republican Era.

I have conducted archival research at the British Library and the Huntington Library (working with the Waugh and Isherwood Collections). Supported by the Faculty Research Grant, I will consult the Waugh Collection at the Brotherton Library in Leeds. As the recipient of the Ernest Hemingway Research Grant, I will visit the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library to look at its Hemingway Collection.

I am also interested in editing. At Durham I edited Postgraduate English. Currently, I am based at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick, managing Exchanges: the Warwick Research Journal as the Senior Editor. 


Yuexi Liu, ‘Finding the Voice through Cinema: Virginia Woolf’s Jacob’s Room and Evelyn Waugh’s “The Balance”’, English Studies, 98/6 (forthcoming in 2017).

Yuexi Liu, ‘The Group Novel: Evelyn Waugh’s Vile Bodies, Anthony Powell’s Afternoon Men, and Henry Green’s Party Going’, in Proceedings of the Biennial Anthony Powell Conference 2016 (forthcoming in 2017).

Yuexi Liu, ‘“In the Advance Guard”: Evelyn Waugh as a Reviewer’, MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities, 10 (2015), 21-32.