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My research combines "traditional" archival work and new digital approaches.

I am particularly interested in the issue of born-digital archives, with a focus on literary and publisher's archives. The transition from print to digital has created huge challenges, and we urgently need to find solutions to (1) preserve born-digital records such as emails (2) make them accessible (3) produce new knowledge.
  • I have recently finished a British Academy Rising Star project (2017-18) to bring together archivists and scholars in order to find solutions to the issue of "dark" archives, closed to researchers for data protection or technical issues. 
  • I have been awarded a major Leadership Fellowship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2018-20), for a project on the poetry publisher Carcanet, focusing particularly on the issue of its born-digital archives. 
These projects aim to provide access to archival data to a wide range of "users" (researchers, members of the public) - without infringing the privacy of data producers and third parties.

When I am not working on Digital Humanities projects, I spend time working in good old paper archives. I have written two books on the publishers that promoted "difficult" modernist literature (by James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and others). I recently edited a collection of essays, Publishing Modernist Fiction and Poetry (forthcoming with Edinburgh UP).

*Here's my list of publications (and some nice things people have said!). If you'd like to know more, abstracts and PDFs can be found on my webpage*


(1) Cheap Modernism: Expanding Markets, Publishers' Series and the Avant-Garde (Edinburgh UP, 2017). “Edinburgh Critical Studies in Modernist Culture.”

Endorsement: "This book is notable for Jaillant’s deft use of a distinctive range of archives to throw new light on the relationship between the writers of the Modernist canon – Eliot, Woolf, Joyce, Lawrence and Wyndham Lewis – and the reprint publishers who introduced them to a wider European readership than the small coteries that greeted them on first publication. These reprint editions, neglected by many previous scholars, were not only in some cases rewritten by the authors but also placed the works in a new context of popular and genre fiction."
Prof. Alistair McCleery, Scottish Centre for the Book

  • Los Angeles Review of Books: “Remarkable” – Cheap Modernism “illustrates an exemplary methodology for future study of what we might call serial culture.”
  • Times Literary Supplement: "Embedded in broader histories of technological advancement in book production, education reform, copyright law and burgeoning academic markets, Jaillant's study makes a significant contribution to the continuing work of de-ghettoizing literary modernism."
  • Literature & History: "Intriguing, elegantly argued and thoroughly researched study: definitely one to recommend for purchase by your university library."
  • Times Higher Education:  “Extensive archival work” – “Cheap Modernism is a book of facts and figures” for scholars “interested in analysis of context as well as content: how material culture and economics affected the style and substance of a text, and how it affected the reception and canonisation of modernist writers.”
  • James Joyce Quarterly: “Cheap Modernism is an accessible and valuable resource, providing thorough details and useful statistics.”
  • Woolf Studies Annual:  “Brilliant” – “Cheap Modernism is a valuable resource to scholars and students of Woolf and of modernism more broadly.”
  • Forum for Modern Language Studies. “Scholars of Modernism will find Jaillant’s volume, in confronting academic prejudices against mass editions and presenting data collected from a range of literary and publishing archives, both an inspiring and a stimulating read.”

(2) Modernism, Middlebrow and the Literary Canon - the Modern Library Series, 1917-1955 (Routledge, 2014). “Literary Texts and the Popular Marketplace” series.

  • Modernism/ Modernity: "Consistently insightful, surprising, and concise, Jaillant’s book makes an important contribution to both modernist and middlebrow studies."
  • The Year’s Work in English Studies: “Jaillant’s study . . . offers a fresh perspective on the high/low debate told from the vantage point of one of the century’s leading publishers."
  • Clio: “Jaillant has made a valuable contribution to both the history of the book and our understanding of the literary canon.”
  • SHARP News: "The case studies in Modernism, Middlebrow, and the Literary Canon provide an excellent addition to a course on book history and modernism."
  • Woolf Studies Annual: "Jaillant’s study offers a detailed and carefully drawn study of the Modern Library’s version of Woolf and her contemporaries."
  • American Literary History: "an important new contribution . . . part of the more conscientiously transatlantic move in modernist studies."
  • Journal of Modern Literature: “Jaillant’s study is particularly valuable . . . for her welcome complication of the commonly oversimplified understanding of the midcentury ‘battle of the brows.’”
  • Sewanee Review: “meticulous unpacking of just how contentious the players on opposite sides of the Modern Library debates actually were. At this point enter Anthony Comstock, the founder of the New York society for the Suppression of Vice. . . . Jaillant tells his story in ways that bring a human face to the censors and their brand of censorship.”
  • James Joyce Quarterly: “An engagingly written and rigorously researched study of the Modern Library” – “Jaillant’s book constitutes a meaningful contribution to the field of middlebrow studies.”
Edited Books and Journal Issues

(1) Editor, Publishing Modernist Fiction and Poetry (under contract with Edinburgh UP).

(2) Editor, Special Issue “After the Digital Revolution,” Archives & Manuscripts (forthcoming, 2019).

(3) Co-editor, Special issue “Global Modernism,” Modernist Cultures 13.1 (2018). Co-authored the introduction (pp. 1-13) with Alison E. Martin.

Articles in Refereed Journals

(1) “From New York to Shanghai: Global Modernism, Cheap Reprint Series and Copyright.” Modernist Cultures 13.1 (2018): 115-33.

(2) "Myth Maker: Malcolm Bradbury and the Creation of Creative Writing at UEA." New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing 13.3 (2016): 350-67.

(4) "Rewriting Tarr Ten Years Later: Wyndham Lewis, the Phoenix Library and the Domestication of Modernism." Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies 5 (2014): 1-30. Awarded the Wyndham Lewis Memorial Trust Essay Prize for “cutting-edge scholarly research.”

(5) "‘I’m Afraid I’ve Got Involved With a Nut’: New Faulkner Letters." Southern Literary Journal 47.1 (2014): 98-114.

(6) "Subversive Middlebrow: The Campaigns to Ban Kathleen Winsor’s Forever Amber in the United States and in Canada." International Journal of Canadian Studies (Special issue on Print Culture and the Middlebrow, ed. Michelle Smith & Faye Hammill) 48 (2014): 33-52.

(8) "A Fine Old Tale of Adventure: Beowulf Told to the Children of the English Race, 1898-1908." Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 38.4 (2013): 399-419.

(9) "Canonical in the 1930s: Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop in the Modern Library Series." Studies in the Novel (Special issue on Willa Cather, ed. Andrew Jewell) 45.3 (2013): 476-99.

(11) "A Masterpiece Ripped From Oblivion: Rediscovered Manuscripts and the Memory of the Holocaust in Contemporary France." Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History 39.3 (2010): 359-79.

Book Chapters

(1) “Modernist Presses.” Cambridge History of American Modernism, ed. Mark Whalan (under contract with Cambridge UP). 6,000 words.

(2) “Literature in the Electric Age.” Cambridge Critical Concepts: Technology, ed. Adam Hammond (under contract with Cambridge UP). Cambridge Critical Concepts in Literary Studies series. 6,000 words.

(3) “Ford, Book History, and the Canon.” The Routledge Research Companion to Ford Madox Ford, ed. Laura Colombino, Sara Haslam and Seamus O’Malley (Routledge, 2018).

(4) “The New Publishers of the 1920s.” American Literature in Transition, 1920-1930, ed. Ichiro Takayoshi (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2017), pp. 397-416.

(5) “Pacifist Writer, Propagandist Publisher: Rose Macaulay and Hodder & Stoughton.” Landscapes and Voices of the First World War, ed. Angela K. Smith and Krista Cowman (New York: Routledge, 2017), pp. 131-50.

(6) “‘Introductions by Eminent Writers’: T. S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf in the Oxford World’s Classics Series,” The Book World: Selling and Distributing Literature, 1900-1940, ed. Nicola Wilson (Leiden: Brill, 2016), pp. 52-80.