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Dr Iain Bailey - research


Research interests

My research is primarily in twentieth-century literature, and especially modernism. I have written widely on the work of Samuel Beckett, and my first monograph, Samuel Beckett and the Bible, was published by Bloomsbury in January 2014. The book reflects a continuing interest in ways of thinking historically about relationships between texts in the form of quotation, allusion or appropriation. I continue to be interested in textual scholarship and genetic criticism, tone and emotion in literary work, and forms of value in modernist writing. My current project focuses on connoisseurship. 


Samuel Beckett and the Bible (London: Bloomsbury, 2014)

'"Like a sweat of things": Familiarity, Intertextuality and Beckett's Bibles", Textual Practice, 28:1 (2014), 141-60

'Allusion and Exogenesis: The Laboring Heart of Samuel Beckett's Ill Seen Ill Said', in Reclamation and Representation: The Boundaries of the Literary Archive, ed. Carrie Smith and Lisa Stead (London: Ashgate, 2013), 31-44

'Sounds Worthy of the Name: Tone and Historical Feeling in Beckett's Drama', in Samuel Beckett: Debts and Legacies: New Critical Essays, ed. Peter Fifield and David Addyman (London: Bloomsbury, 2013), 191-214

'Beckett, Bilingualism and the Bible', Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui, 24 (2012), 353-66