Associate Professor (Docent)

Room: E884
Office hours: Tuesday 1 - 2 pm.

Irina Rasmussen is an Associate Professor at the Department of English, Stockholm University. She is a specialist in British modernism, with sub-specialties in American, Irish, and Russian modernisms, the history of aesthetics, dialectical materialism, and modern world literatures in English from the 19th century to the first half of the 20th century. She will be happy to supervise students in the main areas of her expertise, but also in literary theory, and more specifically, in cultural, postcolonial, and world-literature criticisms.

Her book manuscript, James Joyce’s Ulysses and the Historical Record, elucidates the interaction of Joyce’s aesthetic modernism with forms of nationalism and internationalism. It explores how the novel’s alignment with the historical avant-garde serves as the condition of its complex negotiations between Ireland’s colonial legacy and its nationalist imagination.

She is currently working on a book project, “Vernacular Modernisms: Poetics of the World,” which examines experimental modernist poetics of Acmeists and Imagists, of Mina Loy, Virginia Woolf, and Ernest Hemingway in the context of their conceptualizations of literary production. Bearing in mind modernism’s double identity as concept- and praxis-oriented, the questions this study asks are: what happens in the encounter between modernism's studied form and vernacular material; what possibilities such a dualism opens; and what elisions it might perform. The larger focus is on how the wrapping of immediate and distant vernacular materials into artistic practices helped the modernists to spawn new expressive forms.

Her newly started book project, “Documentary Modernism: World Sympathies, Ideal Collectivities, and Dissenting Individualism,” explores collaborative interventionist modernist projects: the modes of reading they invite, the values they generate, and the worlds they project. The aim is to map the complex ways the modernist imagination of the 1920s and 1930s migrates to a culturally diverse imaginary, sometimes enabling radically new world-conceptions. The project builds on the established methodological merger between new historicist and intermedial critical practice, supplemented with current world-making theory.

Her articles and reviews appeared in James Joyce BroadsheetJames Joyce Quarterly, and in Modernism/modernity.

Please contact if you are interested in Degree Thesis supervision.




Ethics and Poetics: Recognitions and Social Reconfigurations in Modern Fiction. Edited with Margrét Gunnarsdottír Champion.  Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars. 2014.

Articles and Book Chapters

“A Homemade History: Documenting the Harlem Renaissance in Alexander Gumby’s Scrapbooks.” In Literature and the Making of the World. Eds. A.M. Alling, H. Bodin, and S. Helgesson. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2022. 173-215. doi: 10.5040/

“James Joyce's Dubliners: Geography 'Taking Substance under our Eyes.'” The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban Literary Studies. Ed. Jeremy Tambling. Palgrave MacMillan, 2021 (forthcoming)

“Riffing on Shakespeare: James Joyce, Stephen Dedalus, and the Avant-Garde Theory of Literary Creation” Joyce Studies Annual, vol. 2019 (2019): 33-73. 

“'En avant, mes enfants!': Nations, Populations, and the Avant-Garde Body in James Joyce's 'Oxen of the Sun.'” Comparative Literature (2019) 71 (4): 408-435. doi: 10.1215/00104124-7709602

“Documentary Modernism: International Sympathies, Transnational Collectivities, and Dissenting Individualism.” Cosmopolitan and Vernacular Dynamics in World Literatures: An Anthology. Ed. S. Helgesson. Stockholm UP. 2018. 185–198.

“Acmeism” (online encyclopaedia entry). With Matthew McGarry. Routledge Encyclopaedia of Modernism. 2015.

“Avant-garde ‘Oxen.’” James Joyce Broadsheet 97, June 2014. Essay.

“Introduction.” With Margrét Gunnarsdottír Champion. Ethics and Poetics: Recognitions and Social Reconfigurations in Modern Fiction. Eds. Margrét Gunnarsdottír Champion and Irina Rasmussen Goloubeva. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2014. xi–xv.

“Curating Art, Rewriting World History: Nancy Cunard’s Negro: An Anthology (1934).” Ethics and Poetics: Recognitions and Social Reconfigurations in Modern Fiction. Eds. Margrét Gunnarsdottír Champion and Irina Rasmussen Goloubeva. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2014. 273–300.

“That’s the Music of the Future: James Joyce’s Ulysses and the Writing of a Difficult History.” Modernism/modernity 20.4 (November 2013): 685–708. doi: 10.1353/mod.2013.0105

“Molly Bloom: A Re-Immersion in the Concrete.” James Joyce Quarterly 47:3 (Spring 2010): 395–415.


Lisbeth Larsson. Walking Virginia Woolf’s London: An Investigation in Literary Geography. Trans. David Jones. Palgrave Macmillan. Basingstoke 2017. Samlaren 139 (2018): 314-16.

Maurizia Boscagli and Enda Duffy (eds.). Joyce, Benjamin and Magical Urbanism. Amsterdam: Rodopi (2011). James Joyce Broadsheet 96, October 2013.

Barbara Laman. James Joyce and German Theory: 'The Romantic School and All That'. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson UP (2004). James Joyce Broadsheet 73, February 2006.

Michael Seidel. James Joyce: A Short Introduction. Malden: Blackwell Publishing (2002). James Joyce Broadsheet 71, June 2005.

Lucia Boldrini (ed.). Medieval Joyce. European Joyce Studies 13. Rodopi: Amsterdam (2002). James Joyce Broadsheet 65, June 2003.