Projects per year
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.
I am author of three monographs. Sounding/Silence: Martin Heidegger at the Limits of Poetics (Fordham UP, 2013) traced Heidegger's radical rethinking of some of the fundamental concepts of poetics; On Voice in Poetry: The Work of Animation (Palgrave, 2015) focused on just one of these concepts. W. S. Graham: The Poem as Art Object (OUP 2022) built on this exploration of the concepts of poetics through a study of a single poetic repertoire, centring on the problematic of poetic objecthood.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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
- 3 Finished
W.S. Graham: The Poem as Art Object
1/09/18 → 31/08/19
WS Graham Centenary in 2018
1/05/18 → 30/11/18
Web Development Skills: Improving Digital Literacy for ECRs in Academic Practice
Arts and Humanities Research Council
1/01/14 → 31/12/14
Attuning ourselves to tunesNowell Smith, D., 8 Feb 2023, (E-pub ahead of print) In: English. efad003.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
BBC 100 Collection: Celebrating 100 years of poetry on the BBCNoel-Tod, J., Nowell Smith, D. & Balfour, S., Nov 2022
Research output: Non-textual form › Web publication/site
Parsing Time in the LyricNowell Smith, D., Dec 2022, In: Critical Quarterly. 64, 4, p. 138-154 17 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Poem/ConceptNowell Smith, D., 2022, The Cambridge Companion to the Poem. Pryor, S. (ed.). Cambridge University Press
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed) › peer-review
Teaching AttunementNowell Smith, D., 15 Nov 2022, (Accepted/In press) Teaching the New English: Teaching Poetry and Poetics. Stacey, R. (ed.). Palgrave
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
- 1 Publication editorial role
Thinking Verse (Journal)
David Nowell-Smith (Editor)2011 → 2015
Activity: Editorial work › Publication editorial role