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Aidan Watson-Morris (he/him)

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Contact Information

302 English Building
Graduate Student, Literary Studies; Assistant Editor, American Literary History

Research Interests

transnational modernisms | theory of the novel | history of literary criticism | politics of form

Research Description

My dissertation project takes up the transatlantic single-day novel as a cross-section of literary history to understand how form travels and what it affords in different historical contexts, tracking the circulation of such novels from the modernist crucible through to the present day.

I have further research interests in state-funded literary production, the afterlives of aesthetic autonomy, & Cold War cultures of criticism.


2018 B.A. in English Literature, University of Texas at San Antonio
2020 M.A. in English Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Awards and Honors

Distinguished Graduate Fellow

Additional Campus Affiliations

Certified, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

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Highlighted Publications

"Review: Making Conversation in Modernist Fiction by Elizabeth Alsop." Modernism/modernity Print Plus, vol. 6, no. 3, 2022. [x]
"Marcus Keller's Hospitable Derrida." Kritik, 2019. [x]
“Portrait of Another Artist: Jean Giono’s Melville.” 3:AM Magazine, 2018. [x]

“Review: Between Two Fires: Transnationalism & Cold War Poetry by Justin Quinn.” Transnational Literature, vol. 9, no. 1, 2016. [x]

Recent Publications