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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. I am currently finishing a study of W. S. Graham, entitled The Poem as Art Object, and am increasingly interested in the history of poetry broadcasting: how broadcast media have shaped both poets' relations to audiences and to their own medium, and their listening/reading public's expectations and assumptions about what poetry is and should be. My longer term project is a cultural archaeology of privacy.

External Activities

  • I am editor of the online poetics journal Thinking Verse (www.thinkingverse.org).

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

LDCL4009A: Reading Texts

LDCL4011B: Reading Texts II

LDCL5072A: Literature and Philosophy

LDCL5034B: Romanticism

LDCL6087A: Lyric

LDCL6032B: Feminist Writing

LDCL7010A: Criticism/Critique

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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