Dr Michael Sayeau

Email: m.sayeau@ucl.ac.uk
External phone: 020 7679 3121
Internal phone: 33121

Education and Experience

Michael Sayeau received his BA from Amherst College, and an MA and PhD from Princeton University. His doctoral research dealt with the everyday in modern and proto-modernist literature, examining in particular the relationship between narration and temporality in the works of Flaubert, H.G. Wells, Joseph Conrad, and James Joyce. Before coming to UCL in 2008, he taught at SUNY Buffalo.

Research


Michael's 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, Michael's next major work 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.

Selected Publications

BOOKS

Against the Event: The Everyday and the Evolution of Modernist Narrative (Oxford University Press, 2013) link

ACADEMIC ESSAYS

“‘Oh, the difference to me!’: Wordsworth, Lucy, and Postcolonial Guilt in J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace,” Moveable Type, 2013 link

"Enjoy his Symptoms?" The White Review (7 October 2013) link

"Blogging," in Rethinking Therapeutic Culture (edited collection forthcoming from University of Chicago Press, 2014)

"'This number is the nadir of passion': Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience, English Language Notes, Vol. 48, No. 1. (Spring / Summer 2010) pp. 155-159 link

“Waiting,” in Restless Cities, eds. Matthew Beaumont and Gregory Dart, Verso (March 2010) link

“IKEA Modernism and the Perils of Innovation,” Modernism/modernity (September 2009) link

“‘Love at a Distance (Bloomism)’: The Chance Encounter and the Democratization of Modernist Style,” James Joyce Quarterly, 44.2 (2007) link

“Work, Unemployment, and the Exhaustion of Fiction in Heart of Darkness,” Novel: A Forum on Fiction, 39.3 (Summer 2006) link

“H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine and the ‘Odd Consequence’ of Progress,” Contemporary Justice Review, December 2005 link

“The Voice of the Plague: Disorder, Order, and Talk In Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year,” Literary London: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Representation of London, September 2003 link