Thomas Gould

Thomas Gould


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Personal profile


I attended my local comprehensive school in Milton Keynes and studied for a BA in English and American Literature at the University of Kent. I have an MA and PhD, both in Comparative Literature and Critical Thought, from King's College London. My doctoral work focussed on theories of silence and the unsayable in modern thought and literature, for which I won the Elsevier Outstanding Thesis Prize (an internal award at King's). This was the basis for my first book, "Silence in Modern Literature and Philosophy", which was published in 2018 by Palgrave Macmillan. 

Before coming to UEA, I worked as the Research Manager at The Courtauld Institute of Art. 

Key Research Interests

Continental philosophy and literary theory, modern poetry and poetics, literature and visual arts. 


I am a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. My project, titled "The Graphic Turn: Drawing in Modern Poetry and Philosophy" looks, broadly, at the intersections between the discourse of drawing in philosophy, art history and aesthetic theory and how it might inform a theory of poetic form. 

I have an abiding interest in the work of the American modernist poet Wallace Stevens and I am a member of the Editorial Board of the Wallace Stevens Journal. I have recently finished co-editing a book, Wallace Stevens in Theory, which will be published by Liverpool University Press in summer 2023. 

Articles and reviews, published and forthcoming, are in Paragraph, SubStance, The Wallace Stevens Journal, and Barthes Studies.