Dr. Imola Nagy-Seres

senior lecturer

Dr. Imola Nagy-Seres HU


I completed my BA studies in Hungarian and English Literature at Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. I finished my MA studies at the University of Leeds (UK), and my PhD at the University of Exeter (UK). I taught English literature at the University of Exeter until 2020. From September 2021 I am a lecturer in English at Eötvös Loránd University. In 2021 my article on Katherine Mansfield's breathing poetics won the British Association for Modernist Studies essay prize.



My main research interests are: modernist prose, 20th-century prose, the body in literature, literature and emotion, literature written by women, childhood and play in literature, Literature and visual arts, Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, Elizabeth Bowen, D. H. Lawrence, Jean Rhys.

Selected publications:

  • "'Out of puff': Katherine Mansfield's Breathing Poetics". Modernist Cultures (forthcoming in 2022).
  • "Katherine Mansfield’s Play Aesthetics". Katherine Mansfield Studies 13 (2021), pp. 66-81. 
  • "Malleable Sculptures in Virginia Woolf’s Jacob’s Room and Early Travel Diaries". Journal of Modern Literature 42/2 (April 2019), pp. 149-166.
  • "The Phenomenological Body in Elizabeth Bowen’s Interwar Novels". The Elizabeth Bowen Review 1 (May 2018), pp. 42-51.

Selected conferences

  • ‘Virginia Woolf’s Toys,’ International Conference on Virginia Woolf, 10-13 June 2021 (online).
  • ‘Ludic Modernism: Katherine Mansfield’s Play Aesthetics,’ Cultural Literacy Everywhere Symposium on Playfulness, 13-14 May 2021 (online). 
  • ‘D. H. Lawrence: the troublesome path towards complete vision,’ The British Association for Modernist Studies Conference, London, 20-22 June 2019.
  • ‘Empathetic touch in Virginia Woolf’s Jacob’s Room,’ Modernism and Empathy Conference, Hong Kong, 15-17 June 2018.
  • ‘The tremors of sympathy: affect sharing in the modernist novel,’ The European Society for the Study of English Doctoral Symposium, Thessaloniki, 28-28 August 2017.


  • Modernist fiction
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Introduction to literature
  • The English novel
  • Women and literature


See "Research."

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