Anouk Lang

Senior Lecturer

Background

I joined the English Department at Edinburgh in September 2014. Prior to this I was a Lecturer in English Studies at the University of Strathclyde. I have taught at Queen Mary University of London, the University of Birmingham, the Open University and the University of Cambridge, where I obtained my PhD. I hold a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Sydney, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice from Queen Mary University of London. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. You can find more information about me and my projects on my website, aelang.github.io.

Qualifications

PhD (Cantab)

BA (Hons) (Sydney)

BMus (Sydney)

PGCAP (QMUL)

Grad. Cert. in Digital Humanities (Victoria)

LMusA

AMusA

FHEA

 

Responsibilities & affiliations

Academic Misconduct Officer for the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Undergraduate teaching

  • Global Modernisms (UG, course convenor)
  • Contemporary Postcolonial Writing (UG, course convenor)
  • Critical Practice: Poetry (UG, course convenor and on lecturing team)
  • English Literature 1 (UG, on lecturing team)
  • English Literature 2 (UG, on lecturing team and tutor)

Postgraduate teaching

  • Digital Humanities for Literary Studies (PG, course convenor)
  • Cultures of the Book (PG, co-taught)
  • Research Skills & Methods (PG, co-taught)

I have also published work on teaching in digital contexts. I ran a research project at Queen Mary University of London which used a social network site to develop students’ intercultural awareness, and published the results in a special issue of Arts and Humanities in Higher Education on the topic of Digital Humanities, Digital Futures. I wrote a case study for the UK Higher Education Academy’s English Subject Centre about using online learning journals to help students in English literature get to grips with literary theory. I have also written about using techniques from corpus linguistics to analyse online student discussions, in order to work out how to help students engage with each other in a mediated environment.

Current PhD students supervised

Bridget Moynihan (first supervisor)

Robyn Pritzker (first supervisor)

Suzanne Black (first supervisor)

Katie Hawthorne (second supervisor)

Research summary

My work lies at the intersection of digital humanities and C20th/C21st literature. My doctoral training was in conventional literary studies (the development of modernism within Australian and Canadian literature) but from my postdoctoral work onwards, I've sought out digital tools that can help us to better understand the development and dissemination of literary movements such as modernism, and to find ways to incorporate those technologies into my teaching as well as my research.

Project activity

My research looks at the development of literary modernism in the Anglophone world beyond the British Isles and the United States. I have published articles on this topic in the journals Canadian Literature, Australian Literary Studies and Topia, and a chapter on Australian, New Zealand and Canadian modernist fiction is forthcoming in the Oxford History of the Novel in English. I am also interested more broadly in postcolonial writing of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

I am particularly interested in digital humanities approaches to this area, including the use of geo-spatial technologies to chart the transmission of ideas and the dissemination of material artefacts which enabled modernist styles, genres, forms and concepts to travel around the globe. I have published essays on this topic in the International Journal of Canadian Studies and ELN: English Language Notes. I have an interactive map of modernist Paris, built with the SIMILE project’s Exhibit and Timeline scripts, which I have used to plot points from the narrative of John Glassco’s Memoirs of Montparnasse and other locations of relevance to art, literature, and culture of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. I have also built a digital map for others to use in their teaching and research, and I welcome enquiries about it. I received funding to build these projects from the Foundation for Canadian Studies in the UK.

A second area of research is reading and reception study in the contemporary period, especially in relation to digital culture. I was PI on the AHRC-funded project Developing Methods for Analysing and Evaluating Literary Engagement in Digital Contexts, and in 2012 I published an edited collection on this subject in the University of Massachusetts Press's series Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book. I have other essays on contemporary reading in the journals Canadian Literature, Narrative, Participations, Language and Literature and The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, as well as several book chapters on the topic.

In terms of research projects, I am part of an international group of scholars working to build a digital resource to facilitate collaborative scholarship on twentieth-century literary letters. You can read about this project, Twentieth-Century Literary Letters, at our website. I am also a co-applicant for Editing Modernism in Canada (EMiC), a research project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in Canada and directed by Professor Dean Irvine at Dalhousie University in Canada. EMiC’s aim is to bring out new editions of Canadian modernist texts, and to train a new generation of scholars in the skills of digital and textual editing. As part of my contribution to this project, I am editing a volume of mid-century correspondence between Canadian writers and editors with the working title Enduring Traces: Correspondence from Canadian Modernism’s Archive.

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students in the areas of digital humanities, Anglophone modernisms, contemporary reading culture and postcolonial writing.

Current project grants

Carnegie Trust: Working from Scraps: Copyright and Materiality as Creative Constraints for Digitally Remediating the Morgan Scrapbooks (PI, collaborating with Bridget Moynihan [UoE] and Jonathan Armoza [NYU], £7460, 2017-18)

Past project grants

British Academy: Beyond the Black Box: Building Algorithmic & Statistical Literacy through Digital Humanities Tools & Resources (PI, £14 772, 2016-17)
AHRC: Developing methods for analysing and evaluating literary engagement in digital contexts (PI, £21 291, 2014)
Foundation for Canadian Studies in the UK: Outreach Award (PI, £1 475, 2014)
Foundation for Canadian Studies in the UK: Canadian Studies Development Program grant (PI, £5 700, 2012)
Fellowship and bursary to attend the NEH Advanced Institute on Spatial Narratives and Deep Maps, Indiana University and Purdue University, 2012 ($US3 000 plus travel)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: Editing Modernism in Canada, project directed by Dr Dean Irvine, Dalhousie University (co-applicant, $CAD2.1 million awarded to Dr Irvine, 2009-16)