Personal profile


Clive joined the faculty of UEA in 1967, as a founding member of the French sector, in the School of European Studies. As a result of re-structuring, he moved, in 1998, into what was then the School of English and American Studies, which, with further re-structuring, became ultimately what is now the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. In the years between 1989 and 1998, he was deeply involved in the administration of University teaching, first as Chair of First Degrees Committee (1989-1992), then as Vice-Chair (1992-1995) and subsequently Chair (1995-1998) of University Teaching Committee; in these roles, he was responsible for the implementation of Common Course Structure and semesterization; he also acted as the Chair of Course-Validating Committees (Mountview Theatre Academy, Easton College, Norwich City College, Yarmouth College of Arts) between 1994 and 2006. He was Acting Director of the British Centre for Literary Translation 2003-2004 and Head of the School of Literature and Creative Writing 2004-2005. He became Professor of European Literature in 1991 (Emeritus in 2008), a Fellow of the British Academy in 1994, and Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques in 2008. He was awarded the R.H. Gapper Book Prize, in 2004, for his Channel Crossings: French and English Poetry in Dialogue 1550-2000 (Legenda, 2002), and in 2010 delivered the Clark Lectures in Cambridge on Literary Translation and the Resurrection of Reading) (since published as Literary Translation and the Rediscovery of Reading (CUP, 2012)). In 2014, he was President of the Modern Humanities Research Association. He now devotes his time wholly to research and writing, with occasional lectures and participations in conferences. Clive's research interests lie principally in three areas: comparative versification and poetics; literary translation, and in particular the experimental translation of poetry; and the relationship between photography and language.