Thomas Gould

Thomas Gould


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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 has since been published as "Silence in Modern Literature and Philosophy" by Palgrave Macmillan. 

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

Key Research Interests and Expertise

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


Starting in 2019, 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, as of Autumn 2021, I will be a member of the Editorial Board of the Wallace Stevens Journal. With Ian Tan of the Nanyang Technological University, I am currently editing a book called Wallace Stevens in Theory. 

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