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.


Michael is at work on two major projects. The first is a revision and expansion into book form of his PhD thesis on the everyday, examining the relationship between the narrative rendering of the temporality of lived experience and life stories and wider developments in the social conception of time. [Life Stories] He is also starting another book project which 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, Roland Barthes, and others.

Selected Publications


‘“ Love at a Distance (Bloomism)”: The Chance Encounter and the Democratization of Modernist Style’, James Joyce Quarterly, 44.2 (2007): 247-62.

‘ Work, Unemployment, and the Exhaustion of Fiction in Heart of Darkness’ Novel: A Forum on Fiction, 39.3 (Summer 2006): 337-60.

‘ H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine and the “Odd Consequence” of Progress’, Contemporary Justice Review, December 2005, 431-46.

‘ 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,