Mr Daniel Kielty

Postgraduate Research Student

Summary: Rebecca West, the Senses and Modernism.


Mlitt English Literature (Distinction), Newcastle University, 2012-2013.

BA English Literature with History (First Class Honours), Newcastle University, 2009-2012. 

My Research

Research Interests 

My research interests centre around the interrelationship between modernism and sensory perception, particularly touch. My work increasingly attends to the influence of eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century aesthetics on modernist literature - and the extent to which this revolves around the human sensorium.

My thesis explores the ways in which representations of haptic relations with built environments shape the aesthetic and thematic concerns of Rebecca West's fiction, journalism and literary criticism between 1909 and 1941.  


Title: 'Haptic relations with built environments in the writings of Rebecca West, 1909-1941'.

Supervisor: Dr Richard Brown

About Me

Before arriving at Leeds, I completed my Undergraduate dissertation on 'Primitivism versus Futurism: D.H. Lawrence's Ideology of Sensation' at Newcastle University. For this I was awarded the Undergraduate Dissertation Award 2012. My Mlitt dissertation at Newcastle was entitled 'Skins of Self-Awareness: Joseph Conrad's Damaged Bodies and Physical Culture'.

Papers and Publications

Conference Papers

May 2015: '"Hands That War": Touch, Architecture and Agency in Rebecca West's The Return of the Soldier' - Sensory Modernism(s): Cultures of Perception One-Day Conference, University of Leeds.


July 2017: 'Reading Joyce in Prison', James Joyce Broadsheet, 107.  

Spring 2017: '"Hands That War": Rebecca West's Rediscovered Article on First World War Munitions Workers', Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, 36, Spring, 2017. 

Book Reviews

February 2015: 'Haptic Modernism: Touch and the Tactile in Modernist Writing by Abbie Garrington', James Joyce Broadsheet, 100. 


Semester 1, 2016-2017: Module Assistant on ENGL3024 Modern Literature. 

Semester 1, 2016-2017: Module Assistant on ENGL1220 20th Century Fiction in English (Lecturer). 

On 29th October 2015 and 3rd November 2016, I ran a Dissertation Workshop for Final Year Project students writing on Twentieth-Century/Modern Literature.

Semester 1, 2015-2016: Module Assistant on ENGL1250 Prose: Reading and Interpretation. 

Semester 1, 2014-2015: Module Assistant on ENGL1220 20th Century Fiction in English.  

Invited Talks/Public Engagement

2nd October 2016: 'Odourscope: A Pungent Performance of Bunuel's L'Age D'or', Hyde Park Picture House.

On 5th November 2015, I delivered a talk entitled 'Rebecca West's The Return of the Soldier and the Body' to MA students on ENGL5760M The Enigmatic Body of Modernism in the School of English at Leeds.    

12 March 2014: Public talk on 'Shell-Shock and Haptic Relations with the Home in The Return of the Soldier' as part of presentation about 'Rebecca West, Literary Modernism and the First World War' at Headlingley Literature Festival.


In July 2015, I was awarded £300 by the School of English at Leeds towards my research trip to Yale University. 

In May 2015, I was awarded a £500 Research Grant to examine Rebecca West's manuscripts at Yale University by the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain

My doctoral research is funded by the School of English through the Inga-Stina Ewbank Scholarship

My Mlitt in English Literature at Newcastle University was funded by an AHRC Research Preparation Masters Studentship.

Other Responsibilities

In December 2015, I co-organised and ran the conference 'Sensory Modernism(s): Cultures of Perception #2' alongside other postgraduate researchers in the School of English. 

2015: Co-founded the Sensory Modernism(s) Research Group at the University of Leeds. The group was awarded £200 by the Leeds Humanities Research Institute to cover conference activities.

Since May 2015, I have been working as a PGR Exam Invigilator at the University of Leeds.

I have joined the Open Modernisms Project as a contributing editor. 


10/10/2013: Arts/ESSL/PVAC/LUBS: Working with Literature - PhD (2 Hours).

09/01/2014: Arts/PVAC Getting Published (3 Hours). 

14/01/2014: Working Effectively with your Supervisor (3 Hours).

30/01/2014: LEAP Introduction to Impact (3 Hours).

13/02/2014:  Arts/PVAC: Preparing for a Career in Academia (2.5 Hours).

17/09/2014: Effective Learning and Teaching in Seminars (2 Hours).

18/03/2015: Time Management During your Research Degree (3 Hours).

21/04/2015: Word for Thesis (6 Hours).

06/05/2015: Student Learning and Diversity (3 Hours).

13/05/2015: Designing Inclusive Teaching Sessions (3 Hours). 

23/05/2016: Preparing for Your Doctoral Viva (3 Hours).