Hornby, Louise

Associate Professor

Kaplan 178 A
Tel: 310.825.4173 / Fax: 310.267.4339 / E-mail



B.A. Reed College, 1996

Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley, 2007


Research Interests

20th century British literature; History and Theory of Photography and Film; Time-based Media; Art and Climate Change; Critical Theory; Modernism and modernity

Louise Hornby is Associate Professor in the Department of English at UCLA, where she teaches courses on modernism, photography, and film. In her first book, Still Modernism: Photography, Literature, Filmshe traces the photographic signature of stillness in novels and films of the early twentieth century, revealing how photographic stillness emerges in modernity’s accelerative culture as a counterpoint to motion and to film. That stillness was often conceived as a wrong to be righted by motion technologies like film embeds a set of assumptions and arguments about disability and embodied motion, which she takes up in her second book project, currently in progress. Provisionally titled Bad Walks, this book traverses the fields and objects of philosophy, art history, photography, film, literature, and disability studies, and stages a series of questions about hampered walking: what does it mean to put one foot in front of the other? Why is it so catastrophic to trip and fall? What are the ambulatory forms of grace and awkwardness? In addition to this new book project, she is working on a set of articles on the visual culture of the weather in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.


Selected Publications

On the Verge of Tears,” Modernism/modernity Print Plus Visualities Forum, Volume 5, Cycle 1 (2020).

Downwrong: The Pose of Tiredness,” Modern Fiction Studies Special Issue on Modernism and Disability, 65, no. 1 (2019), pp. 207-227.

Film’s Atmospheric Setting,” Modernism/modernity Print Plus. Cluster on Modernist Setting (March 2018).

Still Modernism: Photography, Literature, Film (Oxford University Press, 2017)

Appropriating the Weather: Olafur Eliasson and Climate Control,” Environmental Humanities 9:1 (May 2017), 60-82.

Stillness and the Anticinematic in the Work of Fiona Tan,” Grey Room 41 (Fall 2010), 48-71.

“The Cameraless Optic: Anna Atkins and Virginia Woolf,” ELN, Special Issue on Photography and Literature, 44.2 (Fall/Winter 2006), 87-101.

“Visual Clockwork: Photographic Time and the Instant in ‘Proteus,’” James Joyce Quarterly, Special Section on Joyce and Cinema, 42.1-2 (Summer 2006), 49-68.


Courses Taught at UCLA


Graduate: Ulysses and Modernism; Literature, Photography, Film

Undergraduate: Boredom and Anxiety in Literature and Film; Literature and Photography; Photography and Film; Introduction to Visual Culture; James Joyce; Virginia Woolf; 20th Century British Fiction; Modernism; Modernism, Film, and Technology; Modernism, Gender, and Sexuality.

Interest Areas
• British Literature & Culture, 19th C. – Present
• Critical Theory
• Sexuality & Gender Studies
• Visual Culture / Media Studies / Digital Humanities
• Modernism