Nick Selby

Nick Selby

Professor

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Personal profile

Biography

Nick Selby is Professor of American Literature in the School of Art, Media and American Studies. He is Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and Chairs the University’s North America Dialogue Group.  

Nick has a wide range of research interests, with poetry of the twentieth century at the core of his research. As well as focusing on American experimental poetry, avant-gardism and the issue of what constitutes an American poetics, his current interests also include transatlantic connections in British experimental poetry, ecocriticism, and theories of the ethics and politics of close-reading. Nick’s most recent book, Poetics of Loss in The Cantos of Ezra Pound was published in 2005. He has published three other books, on Herman Melville, T. S. Eliot and Walt Whitman, as well as numerous essays on topics concerned with American literature and culture. 

Nick is happy to consider dissertation proposals in his main research areas. 

Nick was Editor of the journal Comparative American Studies, 2008-2018.

External Activities

  • Member of AHRC Peer Review College, 2014-
  • Member of AHRC Strategic Reviewer Group, 2014- 
  • Editorial Board, English: The Journal of the Enlglish Association, 2017-
  • Editor, Comparative American Studies, 2008-2018
  • Editorial Board, Negotiations: An International Journal of Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Editorial Board, Journal of American Studies, 1998-2005
  • Elected to the Committee on Programs and Departments of the American Studies Association, 2011-2014
  • Treasurer, British Association for American Studies, 2000-2005
  • Officer and Executive Committee, British Association for American Studies, 1998-2005
  • Treasurer, Scottish Association for the Study of America, 2002-2007
  • External Examiner, King’s College London, BA programmes in English literature, 2016-2019
  • External Examiner, Oxford Brookes University, MA programmes in English, 2014-2018
  • External Examiner, Goldsmiths, University of London, undergraduate programmes in English and Comparative literature, 2014-2017
  • External Examiner, University of Swansea, undergraduate programmes in American Studies, 2013-2015
  • External Examiner, University of Manchester, undergraduate programmes in American Studies, 2011-2014
  • External Examiner, University of Birmingham, undergraduate programmes in American Studies, 2011-2014
  • External Examiner, University College, Dublin, MA in American Literature, 2009-2012
  • External Examiner, University of Kent’s undergraduate American Studies programmes, 2008-2011

Key Research Interests and Expertise

American poetry of the twentieth century is at the core of Professor Selby's research. As well as focusing on American experimental poetry, avant-gardism and the issue of what constitutes an American poetics, his current interests also include transatlantic connections in British experimental poetry, and theories of the ethics and politics of close-reading.

Forthcoming publications:

American Poetry since 1900, under contract with Edinburgh University Press (2019)

Specialisms

American literature, esp. poetry; American culture; American experimental art; British experimental poetry.