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Dr Sarah Hayden BA, MA, PhD

Lecturer in 20th and 21st Century American Literature and Culture

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Dr Sarah Hayden is a Lecturer in 20th and 21st-century American Literature and Culture at the University of Southampton.

I joined Southampton in 2016, having previously held Associate Lectureships in Visual Cultures and English & Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London and lectured occasionally at University College Cork and the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. My doctoral and postdoctoral projects at University College Cork and the Freie Universität, Berlin was funded by a Government of Ireland fellowship and awards from the Irish Research Council and DAAD.

My research and teaching centre on modern and contemporary literature and visual culture, and especially on their intersections. In my work, I often consider how ideas and aesthetics are translated and transformed as they pass between cultural scenes, across media and among artist groups. Research interests include constructions of artisthood, modernism, transatlantic cultural exchange, little magazines and manifestos, art writing, minimalism, contemporary art, avant-garde movements and experimental poetics. My two pending books are about American modernist poetry and German minimalist art from the 1960s.

I convene and teach three second-year modules:

Making New York Modern takes a cross-disciplinary approach to the writing that arose out of five 20th-century New York avant-garde scenes, connecting literature to developments in other art forms and social movements.

Creative Writing after Modernism explores the history and practice of modern and contemporary experimental writing in prose, poetry and performance.

Objects of Desire introduces students to the in-depth study of the form, content and cultural context of modernist and avant-garde literature.

I also contribute to teaching on the first-year module, Poetic Language and to the MA English Literary Studies.

I would be delighted to hear from graduate students interested in working on projects connected to modernist and experimental writing, literature in relation to 20th and 21st visual culture, and innovative poetics.

I direct the Centre for Modern and Contemporary Writing and organize the Entropics Experimental Poetry series.


My office hours for the first semester of 2017-2018 are 10am-12pm on Thursdays (65/2025).




Creative Practice


Research interests

My first book, Curious Disciplines: Mina Loy and Avant-Garde Artisthood, is forthcoming from University of New Mexico Press (Spring 2018). Positioning Loy as an exemplary theorist of the artist-figure (1909-1945), this study exposes Loy’s radically critical perspective on the evolution of the international artworld in transit from Europe to the US. Tracking Loy’s theorizations of Futurist, Dada, Surrealist and ‘Degenerate’ artisthood through her poetry, prose, drama and polemics, the book culminates in an examination of her legacies in 21st-century American poetics.

My next book, Peter Roehr–Field Pulsations is jointly authored with Paul Hegarty. This book is the first monograph on the German 1960s artist who combined Pop with Minimalism. It is funded and produced by Daimler Contemporary, Berlin.

Recent critical publications include essays on the work of Djuna Barnes’s 1936 modernist novel Nightwood, 21st-century paintings by the American artist, Jasper Johns and Dada prose by Francis Picabia. In 2014, I provided the introduction and edited new archival material for the re-issue of Mina Loy’s 1930’s novel, Insel (New York: Melville House Press).

I also publish and perform as a writer. See Creative Practice.



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I convene the modules Making New York Modern, Creative Writing after Modernism and Objects of Desire and contribute to teaching on Poetic Language.

I collaborate with visual artists on producing texts for installation or performance. Recent commissions from artists include textual responses (prose and poetry) to work by Pádraig Spillane (photography/installation) Rebecca Bradley (painting) and Danny McCarthy (sound) and a contribution to the artist book Personally I'm Most Interested in The Shapes and Colours. I am currently developing a new text/sound collaboration with the video artist Kevin Atherton.

My poems have been published and performed in the US, UK, Czech Republic, Ireland and Germany, in magazines including Golden Handcuffs Review, Tripwire and on Datableed. Three long cycles have appeared as the chapbooks Turnpikes (Sad Press), System Without Issue (Oystercatcher Press) and Exteroceptive (Wild Honey Press).

Recent invited poetry performances include: the launch of slips, speaks at the 12 Star Gallery, Europe House, London (May 2017), Front Horse, Nottingham (May 2017), Anathema, Bristol (February 2017), the launch of David Lloyd’s Irish Experimental Poetry IUR special issue, National University of Ireland, Dublin (June 2016), Royal Holloway Poetics Research Centre, London (May 2016), Prague MicroFestival, Czechoslovakia (May 2016), X-ing the Line, London (April 2016), Hi Zero, Brighton (April 2016) Spring Poetry Festival, Cork (February 2016).

Upcoming performances will take place at: Artichoke, Berlin (22 October 2017) and Peter Manson Symposium, Glasgow (27th October 2017).

Dr Sarah Hayden
Faculty of Arts and Humanities University of Southampton Avenue Campus Highfield Southampton SO17 1BF United Kingdom

Room Number:65/2025

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