Associate Professor Mark Byron

BA, MPhil, PhD (Cambridge)
Associate Professor of English

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 2276

Biographical details

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 I am also co-editing a critical manuscript edition of the unpublished Golden Age detective novel, The Blue Spill, by Ezra Pound and Olga Rudge.

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.

Research interests

  • 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

Teaching and supervision

  • Modern Irish Literature
  • Poetry and Aesthetics East and West
  • Modern and Contemporary Drama
  • Samuel Beckett
  • American Poetry
  • Textual Criticism and Hermeneutics

Current research students

Project title Research student
Technologies of Form: Productions of the Novel and the Network Russell COLDICUTT
'Dialogue with the great': Louise Glück and Poetic Tradition Jennifer CRONE
Chinese, English, French, and Japanese Poetic Interactions in the Twentieth Century Ryan JOHNSON

Current projects

  • Ezra Pound’s and Olga Rudge’s The Blue Spill: A Manuscript Critical Edition, a manuscript edition of Pound and Rudge’s incomplete and unpublished Golden Age detective novel, with textual apparatus, critical commentary and contextual essays
  • 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 Watt, a monograph providing historical, textual and hermeneutic context for the SBDMP Watt digital edition
  • The New Pound, a collection of critical essays on new directions in Ezra Pound Studies by an international team of leading scholars

Associations

  • 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-)

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

  • 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).
  • Towards a Digital Edition of Samuel Beckett's Watt; Byron M; Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin/Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship.

2005

  • 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.
  • 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.

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. (2016). Ezra Pound's Oriental Hinterlands. In Peter Morgan (Eds.), Text, Translation, Transnationalism: World Literature in 21st Century Australia, (pp. 33-53). Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Byron, M. (2015). Ezra Pound's Eriugena: Eschatology in the Periphyseon and the Cantos. In Erik Tonning, Matthew Feldman, David Addyman (Eds.), Modernism, Christianity and Apocalypse, (pp. 109-122). Leiden: Brill.
  • Byron, M. (2014). Exercises in Battology: Digitizing Samuel Beckett's Watt. In Paul Longley Arthur, Katherine Bode (Eds.), Advancing Digital Humanities: Research, Methods, Theory, (pp. 15-27). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Byron, M. (2014). Modernist Wheelmen. In Julian Murphet, Ronan McDonald, Sascha Morrell (Eds.), Flann O'Brien and Modernism, (pp. 213-232). New York: 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. (2016). Between Apocalypse and Extinction: Eschatology in Ezra Pound's Poetry. Studia Neophilologica, 88(Suppl. 1), 19-32. [More Information]
  • Byron, M. (2016). The early middle ages of Samuel Beckett. Journal of Beckett Studies, 25(1), 19-38. [More Information]
  • Byron, M., Ackerley, C. (2015). 'Watt' Is Not a Well-Wrought Pot. Journal of Beckett Studies, 24(1), 32-48. [More Information]
  • Byron, M. (2015). Archive, Text, Screen: Remediations of Modernist Manuscripts. Ecdotica: Rivista di Studi Testuali, 11, 56-71.
  • Byron, M. (2014). Bathtub Philology: Ezra Pound's Annotative Realism. Archives and Manuscripts, 42(3), 258-269. [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. AUMLA, 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. Literature and 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. 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’. Literature and 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.

2016

  • Byron, M. (2016). Between Apocalypse and Extinction: Eschatology in Ezra Pound's Poetry. Studia Neophilologica, 88(Suppl. 1), 19-32. [More Information]
  • Byron, M. (2016). Ezra Pound's Oriental Hinterlands. In Peter Morgan (Eds.), Text, Translation, Transnationalism: World Literature in 21st Century Australia, (pp. 33-53). Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Byron, M. (2016). The early middle ages of Samuel Beckett. Journal of Beckett Studies, 25(1), 19-38. [More Information]

2015

  • Byron, M., Ackerley, C. (2015). 'Watt' Is Not a Well-Wrought Pot. Journal of Beckett Studies, 24(1), 32-48. [More Information]
  • Byron, M. (2015). Archive, Text, Screen: Remediations of Modernist Manuscripts. Ecdotica: Rivista di Studi Testuali, 11, 56-71.
  • Byron, M. (2015). Ezra Pound's Eriugena: Eschatology in the Periphyseon and the Cantos. In Erik Tonning, Matthew Feldman, David Addyman (Eds.), Modernism, Christianity and Apocalypse, (pp. 109-122). Leiden: Brill.

2014

  • Byron, M. (2014). Bathtub Philology: Ezra Pound's Annotative Realism. Archives and Manuscripts, 42(3), 258-269. [More Information]
  • Byron, M. (2014). Exercises in Battology: Digitizing Samuel Beckett's Watt. In Paul Longley Arthur, Katherine Bode (Eds.), Advancing Digital Humanities: Research, Methods, Theory, (pp. 15-27). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Byron, M. (2014). Ezra Pound's Eriugena. London: Bloomsbury Academic.
  • Byron, M. (2014). Modernist Wheelmen. In Julian Murphet, Ronan McDonald, Sascha Morrell (Eds.), Flann O'Brien and Modernism, (pp. 213-232). New York: 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. AUMLA, 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. Literature and 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. 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’. Literature and Aesthetics, 12, 83-91.

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