Dr Mark Byron

BA, MPhil, PhD (Cambridge)
Senior Lecturer
Postgraduate Research Coordinator, English

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 2276

Biographical details

I teach and research in twentieth-century literature (drama, prose, poetry) especially the various denominations of modernism. My research interests focus upon difficult modernist texts – often with unruly manuscript archives – and the methods required to produce comprehensive and coherent scholarly editions of such texts. My research also entails the history and methods of scholarly editing, and the relationship between textual criticism and hermeneutics.

I held an ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2006-10) to develop a suitable electronic editorial apparatus and corresponding methodology to account for Samuel Beckett's 1953 novel Watt and its 980-page manuscript, resulting in a forthcoming module of the Samuel Beckett Digital Manuscript Project. I currently hold an ARC Discovery Project Grant (2011-13), which seeks to extend this work to develop specific methods for editing complex modernist literary texts and their manuscripts. I am working on a longitudinal study of editorial theories and practices from the later nineteenth century to the present, that seeks to produce a robust basis upon which to develop comprehensive and flexible editorial practices to adequately represent complex texts and their manuscripts. I am also completing a manuscript titled Ezra Pound’s Eriugena (London: Continuum, 2014).

Research interests

  • Samuel Beckett
  • Ezra Pound
  • Twentieth-century poetry and prose
  • Modernist medievalism
  • Modernism and editorial theory
  • Textual criticism
  • History of the book
  • Manuscript studies
  • Theories of modern drama
  • Literature and music
  • Literature and the visual arts
  • Philosophy and literature, particularly nineteenth- and twentieth-century
  • Hermeneutics
  • Trans-cultural poetics

Teaching and supervision

  • Modern Irish Literature
  • Movements in Modern and Contemporary Drama
  • Samuel Beckett
  • American Poetry
  • Novel into Film
  • Textual Criticism and Hermeneutics
  • Modernist Medievalism

Current projects

  • Textual Ontogeny and the Understanding of Modernist Texts, a monograph-length study of modernist textual and archival complexity, in the contexts of editorial theory and cutting edge editorial methods (especially electronic editing)
  • Watt, Samuel Beckett Digital Manuscript Project, a complete digital transcription of the 980-page manuscript and partial typescript of Watt, with scholarly apparatus and various search and interpretive functions
  • Samuel Beckett's Watt, a monograph providing historical, textual and hermeneutic context for the SBDMP Watt digital edition
  • Ezra Pound’s Eriugena, a monograph study of the role of John Scottus Eriugena in the thought and writing of Ezra Pound; includes annotated transcriptions of Pound’s archival notes on Eriugena, initially intended for a book-length study but never completed by Pound

Associations

  • International Committee, Samuel Beckett Digital Manuscripts Project (2007-)
  • Advisory Board, Scholarly and Performance Editions of the Music of Ezra Pound, Margaret Fisher and Robert Hughes, Second Evening Art Publishing (2009-)

Fellowships

  • 2010, ISL–HCA (International Science Linkages–Humanities and Creative Arts) International Research Fellowship, Australian Academy of the Humanities
  • 2009, Visiting Scholar, Scholars’ Lab and Center for Digital Research, Alderman Library, University of Virginia
  • 2009, Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin
  • 2006, Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin
  • 2005-6, Donald C. Gallup Fellowship, The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University Library, New Haven
  • 2005-6 Humanities Travelling Fellowship, The Australian Academy of the Humanities

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2011

  • Editing Complex Modernist Texts: A Methodological Study; Byron M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2010

  • Developing Digital Literary Editions at the Centre for Textual Genetics, University of Antwerp, and the Digital Humanities Observatory, Dublin; Byron M; Australian Academy of the Humanities/International Science Linkages: Humanities and Creative Arts Program.

2009

  • The Samuel Beckett Digital Manuscript Project: Watt; Byron M; Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin/Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship.

2006

  • Towards a Digital Edition of Samuel Beckett's Watt; Byron M; Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin/Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship.
  • Textual Ontogeny and the understanding of Modernist Texts: A case study of Samuel Becketts Novel Watt; Byron M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2005

  • The Collation of Primary Sources at Schloss Brunnenburg, Tirolo di Merano: Towards an Electronic Variorum Edition of Ezra Pound’s Cantos; Byron M; Australian Academy of the Humanities/Humanities Travelling Fellowships.
  • The Ezra Pound Archive: Guido Cavalcanti and John Scottus Eriugena; Byron M; The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University Library, New Haven/Donald C. Gallup Fellowship.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Byron, M. (2014). Ezra Pound's Eriugena. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Edited Books

  • Byron, M. (2007). Samuel Beckett's Endgame. Rodopi.

Book Chapters

  • Byron, M. (2014). [In Press]. Exercises in Battology: Digitising Samuel Beckett's 'Watt'. In Paul Longley Arthur and Katherine Bode (Eds.), Advancing Digital Humanities: Research, Methods, Theories. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Byron, M. (2014). [In Press]. Ezra Pound's Eriugena: Eschatology in the 'Periphyseon' and the 'Cantos'. In Erik Tonning, Matthew Feldman and David Addyman (Eds.), Modernism, Christianity and Apocalypse, (pp. 109-122). Leiden: Brill.
  • Byron, M. (2014). Modernist Wheelmen. In Julian Murphet, Ronan McDonald, Sascha Morrell (Eds.), Flann OBrien and Modernism, (pp. 213-232). New York and London: Bloomsbury Academic.
  • Byron, M. (2013). "What have I said?": Vladimir's Tragic Recognition. In Ranjan Ghosh (Eds.), In Dialogue with Godot: waiting and Other Thoughts, (pp. 23-34). Plymouth, UK: Lexington Books.
  • Byron, M. (2013). English Literature. In Anthony Uhlmann (Eds.), Samuel Beckett in Context, (pp. 218-228). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Byron, M. (2013). Scharfsinnige Sturzfluten bei Beckett und Bernhard. In Jan Wilm, Mark Nixon (Eds.), Samuel Beckett und die deutsche Literatur, (pp. 139-155). Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag.
  • Byron, M. (2012). The scholarly editing of literary texts. In Ian Donaldson and Mark Finnane (Eds.), Taking Stock: The Humanities in Australian Life Since 1968, (pp. 252-258). Crawley, WA, Australia: UWA Publishing.
  • Byron, M. (2010). Textual criticism. In Ira B. Nadel (Eds.), Ezra Pound in Context, (pp. 136-147). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Byron, M. (2007). Introduction: Endgame- Very Nearly, But not quite. In Mark S. Byron (Eds.), Samuel Beckett's Endgame, (pp. xi-xiii). Rodopi.
  • Byron, M. (2006). Musical Scores and Literary Form in Modernism. In Delia da Sousa Correa , Robert Samuels (Eds.), Phrase and Subject: Studies in Music and Literature, (pp. 87-98). Oxford: Legenda.
  • Byron, M. (2004). Beckett's "Tenth Rate Xenium": The Conundra Of Writing And Editing Watt. In Michael J. Meyer (Eds.), Literature and the Writer, (pp. 1-18). Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi.
  • Byron, M. (2003). 'This thing that has a code + not a core': The Texts of Pound's Pisan Cantos. In Hélène Aji (Eds.), Ezra Pound and referentiality, (pp. 225-238). Paris: Universitaires de Paris Sorbonne.
  • Byron, M. (2002). A Defining Moment in Ezra Pound's Cantos: Musical Scores and Literary Texts. In Michael J. Meyer (Eds.), Literature and music, (pp. 157-182). Amsterdam: Rodopi.

Journals

  • Byron, M. (2014). Bathtub Philology: Ezra Pound's Annotative Realism. Archives and Manuscripts. [More Information]
  • Byron, M. (2013). Ezra Pound's 'Seven Lakes' Canto: Poetry and Painting, From East to West. The Rikkyo Review: Arts & Letters, 73, 121-142.
  • Byron, M. (2013). To End, Yet Again: Samuel Beckett's Interrupted Journeys. Forum for Modern Language Studies, 49(4), 406-422. [More Information]
  • Byron, M. (2012). "Change all the Names": Revision and Narrative Structure in Samuel Beckett's Watt. A U M L A, April - Special Issue(2012), 57-63.
  • Byron, M. (2012). In a Station of the Cantos: Ezra Pound's 'Seven Lakes' Canto and the Sh-Sho Hakkei Tekagami. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 22(2), 138-152.
  • Byron, M. (2012). The House of Usher as Phantasmagoria. Sydney Studies in English, 38, 81-109.
  • Byron, M. (2010). Digital scholarly editions of modernist texts: navigating the text in Samuel Beckett's Watt manuscripts. Sydney Studies in English, 36(2010), 150-169.
  • Lassman, E., Byron, M. (2010). Modernist quinella: Joyce, Beckett and Dublin's Leopardstown. The Journal of Beckett Studies, 19(1), 78-94.
  • Byron, M. (2010). Report on the excursion to Siena, 4-5 July 2009. Ezra Pound Review, 12, 77-80.
  • Byron, M. (2007). Ezra Pound's Cantos: A Compact History of Twentieth-Century Authorship, Publishing and Editing. Literature Compass, 4(4), 1158-1168. [More Information]
  • Byron, M. (2005). Crossing Borders of the Self in the Fiction of David Malouf. Sydney Studies in English, 31, 76-93.
  • Byron, M. (2004). 'Stein Did That,' And Did That Until It Was Done. How2, 2(2).
  • Byron, M. (2004). The Ecstasy of Watt. Samuel Beckett Today - Aujourd'hui: annual bilingual review - revue annuelle bilingue, 14, 495-506.
  • Byron, M. (2002). The Question of Aesthetics in George Eliot’s Middlemarch: ‘A Study in Provincial Life’. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 12, 83-91.

Reference Works

  • Byron, M. (2005). Arabic History. In Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos and Stephen J. Adams (Eds.), The Ezra Pound Encyclopedia. (pp. 15). Westport: Greenwood.
  • Byron, M. (2005). History: European Enlightenment. In Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos and Stephen J. Adams (Eds.), An Ezra Pound Encyclopaedia. (pp. 108-109). Westport: Greenwood.
  • Byron, M. (2005). Philosophy: Ancient European. In Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos and Stephen J. Adams (Eds.), An Ezra Pound Encyclopaedia. (pp. 218-220). Westport: Greenwood.
  • Byron, M. (2005). Philosophy: Eighteenth-Century to the Present European. In Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos and Stephen J. Adams (Eds.), An Ezra Pound Encyclopaedia. (pp. 222-223). Westport: Greenwood.
  • Byron, M. (2005). Philosophy: Medieval and Renaissance European. In Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos and Stephen J. Adams (Eds.), An Ezra Pound Encyclopaedia. (pp. 220-222). Westport: Greenwood.

2014

  • Byron, M. (2014). [In Press]. Exercises in Battology: Digitising Samuel Beckett's 'Watt'. In Paul Longley Arthur and Katherine Bode (Eds.), Advancing Digital Humanities: Research, Methods, Theories. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Byron, M. (2014). [In Press]. Ezra Pound's Eriugena: Eschatology in the 'Periphyseon' and the 'Cantos'. In Erik Tonning, Matthew Feldman and David Addyman (Eds.), Modernism, Christianity and Apocalypse, (pp. 109-122). Leiden: Brill.
  • Byron, M. (2014). Bathtub Philology: Ezra Pound's Annotative Realism. Archives and Manuscripts. [More Information]
  • Byron, M. (2014). Ezra Pound's Eriugena. London: Bloomsbury Academic.
  • Byron, M. (2014). Modernist Wheelmen. In Julian Murphet, Ronan McDonald, Sascha Morrell (Eds.), Flann OBrien and Modernism, (pp. 213-232). New York and London: Bloomsbury Academic.

2013

  • Byron, M. (2013). "What have I said?": Vladimir's Tragic Recognition. In Ranjan Ghosh (Eds.), In Dialogue with Godot: waiting and Other Thoughts, (pp. 23-34). Plymouth, UK: Lexington Books.
  • Byron, M. (2013). English Literature. In Anthony Uhlmann (Eds.), Samuel Beckett in Context, (pp. 218-228). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Byron, M. (2013). Ezra Pound's 'Seven Lakes' Canto: Poetry and Painting, From East to West. The Rikkyo Review: Arts & Letters, 73, 121-142.
  • Byron, M. (2013). Scharfsinnige Sturzfluten bei Beckett und Bernhard. In Jan Wilm, Mark Nixon (Eds.), Samuel Beckett und die deutsche Literatur, (pp. 139-155). Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag.
  • Byron, M. (2013). To End, Yet Again: Samuel Beckett's Interrupted Journeys. Forum for Modern Language Studies, 49(4), 406-422. [More Information]

2012

  • Byron, M. (2012). "Change all the Names": Revision and Narrative Structure in Samuel Beckett's Watt. A U M L A, April - Special Issue(2012), 57-63.
  • Byron, M. (2012). In a Station of the Cantos: Ezra Pound's 'Seven Lakes' Canto and the Sh-Sho Hakkei Tekagami. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 22(2), 138-152.
  • Byron, M. (2012). The House of Usher as Phantasmagoria. Sydney Studies in English, 38, 81-109.
  • Byron, M. (2012). The scholarly editing of literary texts. In Ian Donaldson and Mark Finnane (Eds.), Taking Stock: The Humanities in Australian Life Since 1968, (pp. 252-258). Crawley, WA, Australia: UWA Publishing.

2010

  • Byron, M. (2010). Digital scholarly editions of modernist texts: navigating the text in Samuel Beckett's Watt manuscripts. Sydney Studies in English, 36(2010), 150-169.
  • Lassman, E., Byron, M. (2010). Modernist quinella: Joyce, Beckett and Dublin's Leopardstown. The Journal of Beckett Studies, 19(1), 78-94.
  • Byron, M. (2010). Report on the excursion to Siena, 4-5 July 2009. Ezra Pound Review, 12, 77-80.
  • Byron, M. (2010). Textual criticism. In Ira B. Nadel (Eds.), Ezra Pound in Context, (pp. 136-147). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2007

  • Byron, M. (2007). Ezra Pound's Cantos: A Compact History of Twentieth-Century Authorship, Publishing and Editing. Literature Compass, 4(4), 1158-1168. [More Information]
  • Byron, M. (2007). Introduction: Endgame- Very Nearly, But not quite. In Mark S. Byron (Eds.), Samuel Beckett's Endgame, (pp. xi-xiii). Rodopi.
  • Byron, M. (2007). Samuel Beckett's Endgame. Rodopi.

2006

  • Byron, M. (2006). Musical Scores and Literary Form in Modernism. In Delia da Sousa Correa , Robert Samuels (Eds.), Phrase and Subject: Studies in Music and Literature, (pp. 87-98). Oxford: Legenda.

2005

  • Byron, M. (2005). Arabic History. In Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos and Stephen J. Adams (Eds.), The Ezra Pound Encyclopedia. (pp. 15). Westport: Greenwood.
  • Byron, M. (2005). Crossing Borders of the Self in the Fiction of David Malouf. Sydney Studies in English, 31, 76-93.
  • Byron, M. (2005). History: European Enlightenment. In Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos and Stephen J. Adams (Eds.), An Ezra Pound Encyclopaedia. (pp. 108-109). Westport: Greenwood.
  • Byron, M. (2005). Philosophy: Ancient European. In Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos and Stephen J. Adams (Eds.), An Ezra Pound Encyclopaedia. (pp. 218-220). Westport: Greenwood.
  • Byron, M. (2005). Philosophy: Eighteenth-Century to the Present European. In Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos and Stephen J. Adams (Eds.), An Ezra Pound Encyclopaedia. (pp. 222-223). Westport: Greenwood.
  • Byron, M. (2005). Philosophy: Medieval and Renaissance European. In Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos and Stephen J. Adams (Eds.), An Ezra Pound Encyclopaedia. (pp. 220-222). Westport: Greenwood.

2004

  • Byron, M. (2004). 'Stein Did That,' And Did That Until It Was Done. How2, 2(2).
  • Byron, M. (2004). Beckett's "Tenth Rate Xenium": The Conundra Of Writing And Editing Watt. In Michael J. Meyer (Eds.), Literature and the Writer, (pp. 1-18). Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi.
  • Byron, M. (2004). The Ecstasy of Watt. Samuel Beckett Today - Aujourd'hui: annual bilingual review - revue annuelle bilingue, 14, 495-506.

2003

  • Byron, M. (2003). 'This thing that has a code + not a core': The Texts of Pound's Pisan Cantos. In Hélène Aji (Eds.), Ezra Pound and referentiality, (pp. 225-238). Paris: Universitaires de Paris Sorbonne.

2002

  • Byron, M. (2002). A Defining Moment in Ezra Pound's Cantos: Musical Scores and Literary Texts. In Michael J. Meyer (Eds.), Literature and music, (pp. 157-182). Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  • Byron, M. (2002). The Question of Aesthetics in George Eliot’s Middlemarch: ‘A Study in Provincial Life’. Aesthetics (was Literature & Aesthetics), 12, 83-91.

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