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My work thus far has primarily been in philosophical poetics, and in particular has been focused on fundamental concepts of poetics: voice, rhythm, form, medium, lyric, metaphor. My first book, Sounding/Silence: Martin Heidegger at the Limits of Poetics (Fordham UP, 2013), looked at Heidegger's radical rethinking of some of these concepts; my second, On Voice in Poetry: The Work of Animation (Palgrave, 2015) focused on just one of these concepts. My third monograph, W. S. Graham: The Poem as Art Object, will appear with OUP in 2022, and I am now working on the long history of the tension between the notion of a civic vocation for the poet, and lyric poetry as a vehicle for private expression.

External Activities

  • I am co-editor of English: Journal of the English Association (https://academic.oup.com/english/)
  • I edited the online poetics journal Thinking Verse (www.thinkingverse.org) from 2011-15.

Key Research Interests and Expertise

The central concern of my work thus far has been with how ‘philosophical’ thinking can illuminate our understanding of the technical specificity of art media, and in particular the linguistic medium of poetry. I have written on various topics in poetics and continental philosophy, especially the work of Martin Heidegger, on lyric poets including Keats, Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Hopkins, and W. S. Graham, and on contemporary poetry.

Teaching Interests

I currently convene LDCL4015A: Reading and Writing Criticism, and the Dissertation modules.

My Autumn office hours are 13:30-14:30 on Mondays and Tuesdays, either in person or via Teams.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 2010

Master of Arts, King's College London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2005

Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 2003


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