Dr Crispian Neill


Summary: Wellcome Trust ISSF Fellow

PhD English Literature 2011 – 2016 University of Leeds
Thesis title: ‘The Smell of Modernism: Metaphor and the Olfactory, 1900-1945’

1991 – 1994 Peterhouse, Cambridge University
BA (Hons) English Literature (First Class)

Refereed Journal Articles

• ‘D. H. Lawrence and dogs: canines and the critique of civilisation’, Journal of D. H. Lawrence Studies (2015), Vol. 4, No. 1, 95-118
• ‘The afflatus of flatus: James Joyce and the writing of odour’, James Joyce Quarterly (forthcoming)
• ‘“The Incident [...] Is Spoiled Inevitably in the Telling”: Language-Games and Narrative Identity in Charlotte Mew and D. H. Lawrence’, D. H. Lawrence Review, 38 (2013), 45–57
Reprint in Short Story Criticism, ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau, Vol. 221, Prod. Layman Poupard (Detroit: Gale, Cengage, 2016) 216-222

Research Activities

• Awarded Wellcome Trust ISSF Fellowship (2017)
• Co-founded the Sensory Modernisms Research Group at the University of Leeds (2015)
• Contributed to the preparation of an AHRC Collaborative Skills Development Bid, working in conjunction with the Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities (2013)
• Contributing editor to the Open Modernisms Project (2014)

Conference Presentations

March 2016: ‘The smell of modernism: malodour, olfactory activism and futurity’, at ‘Mapping the Olfactory: Modernist Representation of Body and the Sensory Aesthetics’, held at The School of Advanced Study, University of London
December 11-12 2015: Co-organiser of ‘Sensory Modernism(s): Cultures of Perception #2’. A two-day conference held at the University of Leeds
May 21 2015: Co-organiser of ‘Sensory Modernism(s): Cultures of Perception #1’. A one-day conference held at the University of Leeds
2013: ‘‘Outside human limits … outside canine limits’: Dogs, Dasein and Human/Animal Interontology in Virginia Woolf and D. H. Lawrence’ at the one-day conference hosted by Scottish Network of Modernist Studies (SNoMS) in conjunction with the London Modernism Seminar, the Northern Modernism Seminar, and the British Association of Modernism (BAMS) in Edinburgh
2013: Co-organised and co-chaired a workshop, ‘(Re)finding a place for medicine within the humanities: methodological approaches in the Medical Humanities’ (Guest speaker Brian Hurwitz, Department of English and Centre for Health and Humanities, King’s College London)
2012: ‘Performative Polemic and the Primitive in Paleface’, at the conference Wyndham Lewis: Networks, Dialogues and Communities, held at the Institute of English Studies, University of London
2012: ‘Language-Games and Narrative Identity in D. H. Lawrence and Charlotte Mew’, at the D. H. Lawrence: Regional, National and International Contexts conference hosted at the University of Nottingham

Academic Teaching

University of Leeds
Lecturer, Twentieth-Century Fiction in English, UG optional module, 2013


Support for Event Organisation (£200) – secured funding from the second Sensory Modernisms Conference from the Leeds Humanities Research Institute (2015)
Conference Attendance Funding (£100) – received a travel award from the School of English to attend the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies (SNoMS) conference (2013)

Media Publications

• ‘Academics Anonymous: 'Why are you doing a PhD at your age?’ The Guardian, July 2014

Public Engagement

• Organised and performed a public showing of ‘Odourscope: A Pungent Performance of Buñuel’s L’Âge d’Or’ in conjunction with the Hyde Park Picture House. The live smell event was followed by a Q&A with members of the public (2016)

Honours and Accolades

Second Prize: Postgraduate Research Showcase Movie of the Year, University of Leeds (2013)
First Prize: Postgraduate Research Poster of the Year, University of Leeds (2012)
Senior Scholarship (£120) – Peterhouse, Cambridge (1994)

Professional Affiliations

British Association of Modernist Studies (BAMS), Modernist Studies Association (MSA), Association for Medical Humanities (AMH)