Associate Professor Mark Byron
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Associate Professor Mark Byron

BA, MPhil, PhD (Cambridge)
Associate Professor of English
+61 2 9351 2276
A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney
Associate Professor Mark Byron

I teach and publish across the genres and practices of Modernism: prose, poetry, drama, and film, as well as textual and editorial theory. A dominant aspect of my research seeks to develop digital scholarly editions of complex Modernist texts and their manuscripts, including the Watt module of the Samuel Beckett Digital Manuscript Project.

I am working on a project concerning how leading Modernist authors – James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Samuel Beckett, and others – absorb early medieval thought and textual practices into their work. This project has already yielded significant outcomes, such as a co-edited dossier ‘Samuel Beckett and the Middle Ages’ in the Journal of Beckett Studies 25.1 (2016): 12-131, and the monograph Ezra Pound's Eriugena (London: Bloomsbury, 2014), which won the Ezra Pound Society Book Award in 2015 and has been positively reviewed in the TLS and elsewhere.

My research also engages with the complex interactions of Transatlantic Modernism and Contemporary Literature with the artistic and literary traditions of China and Japan, as well as how artists and writers from East Asia have informed and responded to these Western interests. I supervise PhD students in this area and have recently taught related courses during my time as a visiting professor in Japan.

  • Samuel Beckett
  • Ezra Pound
  • Twentieth-century Poetry and Prose
  • Modernism and Medievalism
  • Poetry and Aesthetics East and West
  • Modernism and Editorial Theory
  • Textual Criticism
  • History of the Book
  • Modern Manuscript Studies
  • Theories of Modern Drama
  • Literature and Music
  • Literature and the Visual Arts
  • Philosophy and Literature
  • Hermeneutics
  • Transnational and Transcultural Poetics
  • Modern Irish Literature
  • Poetry and Aesthetics East and West
  • Modern and Contemporary Drama
  • Samuel Beckett
  • American Poetry
  • Textual Criticism and Hermeneutics
  • Watt, Samuel Beckett Digital Manuscript Project, a complete digital transcription of the 980-page manuscript and partial typescript of Beckett’s 1953 novel Watt, with scholarly apparatus and various search and interpretive functions
  • Samuel Beckett's Geological Imagination (Cambridge University Press, in press), a monograph study exploring how Beckett deploys geological and archaeological references and images across his career, with an emphasis on his late prose texts.
  • Samuel Beckett's Watt, a monograph providing historical, textual and hermeneutic context for the SBDMP Watt digital edition
  • Editorial Board, Modernist Networks, Applied Research Consortium, dir. Laura Mandell (2014- )
  • Editorial Board, Modernist Archives, London: Bloomsbury (2013- )
  • Advisory Board, Scholarly and Performance Editions of the Music of Ezra Pound, Margaret Fisher and Robert Hughes, Second Evening Art Publishing (2009-)
  • International Committee, Samuel Beckett Digital Manuscripts Project (2007-)
Project titleResearch student
�The Fabric of Grace: Enkindling a new relationship between probability, mathematics, quantum physics and Rhetorical Strategies in the novels of Virginia Woolf�Sarah DARK
A Hermeneutic Poetics of Confrontation: Realising Modernist Representations of Human Experience in InterpretationThomas JURKIEWICZ

Selected publications

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Selected Grants


  • Modernism and the Early Middle Ages, Byron M, Australian Research Council (ARC)/Future Fellowships (FT)
  • Sydney Digital Humanities Research Group, Borghesi F, Whiteman S, Byron M, Allon M, Milam J, White S, Barwick L, Mccrabb I, Hammond J, Sun C, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme


  • Ezra Pound's Unknown English Radio Broadcasts, Byron M, Tonning E, Feldman M, Addyman D, Neary N, Henderson A, University of Bergen/International Collaborative Research Grant Scheme