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Variants : Ridge, E.

I completed my B.A. at Trinity College Dublin and M.A. at University College London. In 2012, I was awarded my PhD at Durham University and I am working as an Assistant Professor of English Literature in the Department of Literature and Cultural Studies here at the Education University of Hong Kong. My first monograph was published in July 2017 by Edinburgh University Press, Portable Modernisms: The Art of Travelling Light. It considers the impact of a new culture of portability upon modernist visions of and approaches to fiction, spanning from the late nineteenth century to World War II. A central aim is to account for and explore modernist conceptions of literary form in mobile rather than static terms, as set against Victorian ‘house of fiction’ models.

More recently, I have become interested in fraught literary representations of hospitality and empathy in late modernist and postwar writing, particularly the ways in which such troubled depictions invoke and reflect upon acts of political diplomacy, immigration, welfare and the reception of refugees across the continent of Europe around the Second World War. My next book-length project will focus on narrative empathy and biopolitics in British women’s writing of the mid-century period.

Articles based on aspects of my research have been published or are forthcoming in journals such as Novel: A Forum on Fiction (forthcoming 2019), Papers on Language and Literature (forthcoming 2019), Literature Compass (2016), Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing (2015), Modernism/Modernity (2014), Textual Practice (2013), and Katherine Mansfield Studies (2013). I am co-editor (with Dr. Jeffrey Clapp) of a volume of essays entitled Security and Hospitality in Literature and Culture: Modern and Contemporary Perspectives (Routledge 2016).


Research interests

  • Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture
  • British and European Modernisms
  • Material Culture Studies
  • Mobilities and Representations of Movement/Travel
  • Narrative Form and Metaphors for Aesthetic Form
  • Literary Engagements with the Concept of Hospitality
  • Literature of the Second World War

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Scopus ID : 55602022500

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Emily Anna Maria RIDGE is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Hospitality Arts & Humanities
Fiction Arts & Humanities
Second World War Arts & Humanities
Writer Arts & Humanities
Luggage Arts & Humanities
Conception Arts & Humanities
Bag Arts & Humanities
Modernist Arts & Humanities

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Research Outputs 2009 2019

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Faltering Analogies

RIDGE, E. A. M., Jul 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Institutional refuge: Modernism, hospitality and the P.E.N.

RIDGE, E. A. M., Aug 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Portable modernisms: The art of travelling light

RIDGE, E. A. M., Jul 2017, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Research output: Book/ReportBook