Officers and Advisory Board

Officers and Advisory Board members are elected by society members for three-year terms. Elections take place at the annual conference.

Bylaws for The Space Between Society

Minutes for The Space Between Society


Claire Buck, Co-President (2015), is Professor of English at Wheaton College, Massachusetts, USA.  Her research focuses on women’s writing and on the impact of the Great War on British national identity, sexuality, and modernity.  Her most recent book Conceiving Strangeness in British First World War Writing (2015) explores the role of colonialism and empire in representing war. She is also the author of H.D. and Freud: Bisexuality and a Feminine Discourse (1991) and editor of The Bloomsbury Guide to Women’s Literature (1992). In 2016 she became a member of the ADE Executive Committee (2016–19).

Robin Feenstra, Co-President (2013; 2016), teaches at Dawson College in Montreal. His research and teaching interests include Anglo-American modernism, post-WWII British fiction, film, sound studies, and dystopian literature. He is currently revising an article on Elizabeth Bowen’s “audible terrains” and another on church bells during WWII, and is engaged in a research project that focuses on servants, sound, and modern fiction.

Robert Hemmings, Vice President (2013; 2016), is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Leeds.  His research attends to the interactions between literary and cultural modernism, nostalgia, trauma, visual culture, and the material transformations of modernity.  Author of Modern Nostalgia: Siegfried Sassoon, Trauma, and the Second World War (Edinburgh UP, 2008), his essays have appeared in journals such as Word & ImageLiterature and MedicineCriticismChildren’s Literature and The Space Between Journal.

Marie Gasper-Hulvat, Treasurer (2016), is Assistant Professor of Art History at Kent State University at Stark, Ohio. Her research examines Russian avant-garde artist Kazimir Malevich’s work during the early years of Stalinism, as well as questions of pedagogy in art history.

Caroline Krzakowski, Membership Secretary (2015), is Assistant Professor of English at Northern Michigan University. Her research and teaching interests focus on twentieth and twenty-first century British literature, especially Modernism, British literary responses to World War Two, literature and diplomacy, transnational literature, British literature of the postwar period, and women’s writing. Her first book, The Work of Diplomacy in British Fiction and Film 1935-1970, forthcoming with Northwestern University Press, examines representations of international relations in fiction and non-fiction by Rebecca West, Lawrence Durrell, Olivia Manning, and John le Carré, and in the films of Alfred Hitchcock that respond to the political instability of the post-war period.

Janine Utell, Journal Editor (2015); Web Manager (2017), is Professor and Chair of English at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, USA.  Her research focuses on the study of 19th and 20th-century narratives of couplehood and intimate life, with a broader interest in the application of narrative theory and postmodern ethics to literary, visual, and digital texts.  She is the author of James Joyce and the Revolt of Love:  Marriage, Adultery, Desire (2010) and Engagements with Narrative (2015). She has three book projects under contract: a study of 20th-century life writing, an edited volume on comics artist Alison Bechdel, and an edited volume in the MLA “Options for Teaching” series on modernist women’s writing in English.  She has also published articles on film, life writing, and modernist studies.

Geneviève Brassard, Book Review Editor (2016), is Associate Professor and chair of the Department of English at the University of Portland, Oregon, where she teaches courses in twentieth-century British, Irish and women’s literature. She organized the 2010 Space Between conference “Belief and Disbelief in the Space Between,” and served as Co-President. She has published widely on gender, war and women’s sexuality.



Melissa Bradshaw (2015) teaches in the English department at Loyola University Chicago.  Her research focuses on publicity, personality, and fandom in twentieth century American literature and popular culture. She has published extensively on the poet Amy Lowell, co-editing a volume of her poems as well as a volume of scholarly essays about her. Her book Amy Lowell, Diva Poet (Ashgate, 2011) won the 2011 MLA Book Prize for Independent Scholars. She has also published Edith Sitwell, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and on divas more generally. She is currently working on an edition of Amy Lowell’s collected letters and a book on early twentieth century female poets and material culture, titled Collectable Women: Ephemera and the Poetry Archive.

Ariel Buckley (2015) is a PhD candidate and course instructor in English Literature at McGill University. Her dissertation, “Writing the Kitchen Front: Food and Rationing in Midcentury British Fiction and Film,” considers ways in which writers and filmmakers contributed to and challenged “official food culture” in wartime and postwar Britain. Former managing editor of CuiZine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures, she has extensive writing and editing experience both within and beyond the academy. Her research and teaching interests include the history of the novel, mid-century British and American cinema, middlebrow literature, and food studies.

Sarah Cornish (2017) is Assistant Professor of English, Film Studies, and Digital Humanities at the University of Northern Colorado. She is co-founder of the Feminist inter/Modernist Association, and the organizer of the 2018 Annual Conference for The Space Between Society (held jointly with FiMA).  Her research on the modern city and urban subjectivity in interwar novels and film focuses particularly on women writers and culture-makers. Her articles and reviews have been published in the Virginia Woolf MiscellanyWoolf Studies Annual, and The Rocky Mountain Review. She co-edited Woolf and the City: Selected Papers from the Nineteenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf (Clemson UP, 2010). You can find her on Twitter at @secornish.

Stella Deen (2015) is Associate Professor of English and World Literature at the State University of New York at New Paltz.  Her research focuses on interwar British women novelists, journalists, and literary critics, including Enid Bagnold, Clemence Dane, Sylvia Townsend Warner, and E.H. Young.  A current research project concerns the role played by reading advisors in women’s magazines in shaping taste and reading practice.  She is the editor of Challenging Modernism: New Readings in Literature and Culture, 1914-45 (Ashgate: 2002).

Melissa Dinsman (2016) is Assistant Professor of English at York-CUNY and author of Modernism at the Microphone: Radio, Propaganda, and Literary Aesthetics During World War II (Bloomsbury 2015). Her research focuses on the intersection of modernism and media aesthetics and her first book brings together her interest in late-modernist radio broadcasting, archival recovery, and information networks. Dinsman’s current book project, America’s Blitz, looks at the ways in which British and U.S. writers, directors, and broadcasters translated British wartime experiences for American audiences during World War II. Her most recent work can be found in places such as Contemporary Women’s Writing, The Space Between, and the L.A. Review of Books.

Elizabeth Evans (2014; 2017) teaches at the University of Notre Dame where she offers courses on British and Anglophone fiction of the long twentieth century. Her research and teaching interests include modernist studies, gender studies, (post)colonial studies, and cultural geography. She is currently completing a book about modern women and threshold spaces in narratives of imperial London, 1880-1940, portions of which have appeared as chapters in books on George Gissing, Amy Levy, Una Marson, and Virginia Woolf. She is also at work on two new projects: one uses computational methods to map London’s cultural geography across a corpus of 3,000 digitized texts, and the other examines airplanes and aerial views in British Commonwealth fiction and culture (an early portion of the latter has been published in Modern Fiction Studies).

Phyllis Lassner, Honorary Member (2010) and former President of the Space Between Society, taught Holocaust and Espionage Fiction and Film at Northwestern University. In addition to many articles on interwar and wartime women writers, she is the author of two books on Elizabeth Bowen, British Women Writers of World War II, and Colonial Strangers: Women Writing the End of the British Empire; and of Anglo-Jewish Women Writing the Holocaust: Displaced Witnesses. She has created and edits the Northwestern University Press book series, Cultural Expressions of World War II and the Holocaust: Interwar Preludes, Responses, Memory. In 2014-15 she held the International Diamond Jubilee Fellowship at Southampton University, UK.

Roger Rothman (2015) is the Samuel H. Kress Professor of Art History at Bucknell University. He has published articles on Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism and is the author of Tiny Surrealism: Salvador Dali and the Aesthetics of the Small (Nebraska, 2012). He is currently working on a book about Fluxus and the politics of the neo avant-garde.

Ian Whittington (2016) is an Assistant Professor in the University of Mississippi Department of English, where his teaching and research focus on mid-century British and Anglophone literature and culture. He is currently completing a book on Second World War broadcasting by British and Empire writers, and has published essays on Louis MacNeice, Rose Macaulay, Zoë Wicomb, and the larger field of literary radio studies. Ian is a Research Associate affiliated with the Library of Congress Radio Preservation Task Force.