Laura Marcus

Invited Researcher of DEA Programme
Stay in France: from February 1st to March 31, 2020

Laura Marcus is the Goldsmiths’ Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, Professorial Fellow at New College Oxford and a Fellow of the British Academy.  She was formerly Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature at Edinburgh University.   She researches and teaches in the fields of nineteenth-, twentieth- and twenty-first century literature, film and culture. She is jointly invited to the Institut d'Études Avancées de Paris from February 1 to June 30, 2020.

The project

Title: ‘Rhythmical Subjects: the measures of the modern’.

Keywords: Rhythm-studies; modernism; early film and film aesthetics; literature and cinema; life-writing, especially autobiography; the history of psychoanalysis; Virginia Woolf; modernist women writers; contemporary fiction.

Selected publications


  • Auto/biographical Discourses: Theory, Criticism, Practice.  Manchester University Press, 1994, pp. 322.  2nd edition, 1998. (Awarded Ronald Tress prize, Birkbeck College, 1994)
  • Virginia Woolf: Writers and their Works.  Plymouth: Northcote House, 1997. pp. xii + 196.  New edition (now published by Liverpool University Press), 2004, pp. xii + 214.
  • The Tenth Muse: Writing about Cinema in the Modernist Period.  Oxford University Press, 2007, pp. 562.  (Awarded 2008 James Russell Lowell Prize, Modern Language Association of America, for an outstanding book in literary or linguistic study.)  
  • Dreams of Modernity:  Psychoanalysis, Literature, Cinema. (Cambridge University Press, 2014), pp. 273.  
  • Autobiography: a very short introduction  (Oxford University Press, 2018), pp. 145.   

Edited Collections and Editions

  • The Actuality of Walter Benjamin, eds. Laura Marcus and Lynda Nead.  London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1993. (Special issue of New Formations, Number 20, Summer 1993.)  New edition London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1998.
  • Introduction and editorial matter for Marie Belloc Lowndes The Lodger.  Oxford University Press, 1996.  Introduction ix-xxiv.
  • Twelve Women Detective Stories, selected and introduced Laura Marcus.  Oxford University Press, 1997.
  • Culture, Modernity and 'the Jew', eds. Bryan Cheyette and Laura Marcus. Cambridge: Polity Press/California: University of Stanford Press, 1998. 'Introduction: Some Methodological Anxieties', pp. 1-20.
  • Close Up 1927-1933: Cinema and Modernism, eds. James Donald, Anne Friedberg and Laura Marcus. London: Cassell/N.J: Princeton University Press, 1998.
  • Sigmund Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams: New Interdisciplinary Essays, Laura Marcus ed. and intro. (pp. 1-65). 'Texts in Culture', Manchester University Press, 1999.
  • Freud: Dreaming, Creativity and Therapy, special issue of Psychoanalysis and History 3.1, eds. Laura Marcus and Edward Timms, 2001.
  • Mass-Observation as Poetics and Science, special issue of New Formations, Number 44, Autumn 2001, ed. Laura Marcus.
  • The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century English Literature, eds. Laura Marcus and Peter Nicholls. Cambridge University Press, 2004, pp. 886.
  • Otto Weininger, Sex and Character, trans. Laci Lob, edited Daniel Steuer with Laura Marcus (Indiana University Press, 2005)
  • A Concise Companion to Psychoanalysis, Literature and Culture, eds. Laura Marcus and Ankhi Mukherjee (Oxford: Blackwell-Wiley, 2014)
  • Moving Modernisms, eds. David Bradshaw, Laura Marcus and Rebecca Roach (Oxford University Press, 2016)
  • Late Victorian into Modern: Literature 1880-1920, eds. Laura Marcus, Michèle Mendelssohn and Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, 21st Century Approaches series (Oxford University Press, 2016; pb 2020) (Shortlisted for 2017 Modernist Studies Association Book Prize: Edition, Anthology, or Essay Collection.)
  • Transcendence, Idealism and Modernity, ed. Laura Marcus, History of European Ideas, 2017/8.