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Some very kind reviews of my Against the Event have come out in recent weeks. There’s this one by Eric Bulson in the Times Literary Supplement, which unfortunately is behind the paywall (and which also prompted a rather hilarious letter from Austin Briggs). Further, there’s one by Katie Da Cunha Lewin in Review 31, as well as this excellent one by Mark Farrant in 3 AM Magazine. Finally, there’s another in Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, but even I can’t get behind that paywall.


I’m happy to say that my book is now available from Oxford University Press. Details are here.

I have recently signed a contract with Oxford University Press to published my monograph Against the Event: The Everyday and the Evolution of Literary Modernism. It should appear sometime in 2013.

Email: m.sayeau @ ucl . ac . uk

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I am a lecturer in the English department at University College London. From 2005 - 2007, I was an assistant professor in the English department at the State University of New York at Buffalo. I completed my Ph.D. in 2005 at Princeton University.

At UCL, my teaching interests include modern and contemporary British, American, and European literature, literary criticism and theory, and the representation of London in literary works. I'm also the convenor of the MA: Issues in Modern Culture at UCL.

My first monograph, entitled Against the Event: The Everyday and the Evolution of Modernist Literature, was published by Oxford University Press in September 2013. It examines the relationship between narration and temporality in the works of Flaubert, Wells, Conrad, and Joyce, and further seeks to contextualize this relationship within wider developments in the history, culture, and theoretical work of the period.

Beyond Against the Event, I am in the very early stages of planning my next major work, which will examine the deployment of simplicity as an aesthetic category in the modernist novel and poetry, as well as in the period's theoretical work on literature, art, and culture. It will likely include chapters on William Morris, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Ezra Pound, Basic English, Otto Neurath, I.A. Richards, Roland Barthes, and others.

In addition, I have written for a variety of extra-academic magazines and journals including The New Statesman, the TLS, The Observer, frieze, n+1, and The Philosopher’s Magazine. I am also a Trustee of the Orwell Prize.

What I’ve Been Reading

Roland Barthes, Travels in China
Tom Bullough, Konstantin