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Lisa Otty

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Dr Lisa Otty is an AHRC Early Career Fellow at the Centre for the History of the Book, working in partnership with the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. She completed her PhD at Edinburgh University in 2009. Between 2009 and 2011, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Dundee, part of a major interdisciplinary AHRC-funded project entitled ‘Poetry Beyond Text: Vision, Text and Cognition’. In 2011, she designed and created ‘The Archive of Reading’, a follow-up project in partnership with the Scottish Poetry Library. In the summer of 2011, she was also Research Associate on the AHRC-funded knowledge exchange project ‘Making Our Connections: Collaboration, Community and the Exhibition of the Written Word’ at Edinburgh University. Lisa has taught at the Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee, and was Co-Director of the Scottish Universities Summer School between April 2008 and April 2009.


Lisa’s current research focuses on a network of modernist small presses founded by poet-publishers in Paris and London between 1910 and 1940.  Her project examines the political underpinnings and aesthetic ambitions of these ventures, how they are influenced by and contribute to Surrealist aesthetics, and how they integrate and reconfigure the English model of Arts and Crafts publishing and the French tradition of the livre d’artiste.  Lisa’s PhD thesis examined the books and writing of visual artists Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol in the context of a variety of theories of literary avant-gardism. Her research into the relations between visual art and literature has also led to an interest in cognitive approaches to reception and reading, and she is a member of the AHRC-funded network Cognitive Futures in the Humanities. 

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