Poetry and poetics
Birkbeck has a lively research community around the field of Poetics and Poetry as well as undergraduate and MA courses which allow students to explore the field.
Activities and events
- Michael Baron: has research interests mainly in the Romantic and post Romantic periods. He has written on Wordsworth, Coleridge, Yeats, Larkin, Heaney, and other writers. His current research is on the cultural significance of dialect texts in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, provincial publishing in that period, and manuscript albums of the 1820s.
- Robert Inglesfied: has research interests in eighteenth and nineteenth-century poetry, particularly Thomson and the eighteenth-century reflective tradition, Wordsworth and Browning.
- Ana Parejo Vadillo: is a nineteenth-century literary critic, with specific expertise in the mid to late-Victorian period. Her research is interdisciplinary and falls into three broad areas: the urban and cosmopolitan, aestheticism and decadence, and nineteenth-century poetics. She also has developing interests in Victoria media and visual culture.
- William Rowe: is Anniversary Professor of Poetics in the Department of Spanish and the Department of English and Humanities. He has published six books and over eighty articles on Latin American literature and culture. Memory and Modernity: Popular Culture in Latin America was published by Verso in 1991. Poets of Contemporary Latin America: History and the Inner Life will be published by Oxford University Press early in 2000. He has worked in anthropology and cultural studies, and is now exploring issues of twentieth-century poetics (interpreted in a broad sense, as including cultural forms), especially in relation to the avant-gardes.
- Carol Watts: specialises in eighteenth-century and contemporary literature and culture, and teaches, writes and supervises across this range, including work on US literature, film and poetics.
- BA Arts and Humanities
- BA Creative Writing
- BA English
- BA Theatre Studies and English / BA Theatre Studies and Humanities
- Our postgraduate courses include option courses that focus on the eighteenth-century. Some relevant option course, which have run in the past are:
- Nineteenth-Century Women's Poetry
- Contemporary British Poetry
- MPhil/PhD degrees: you can expect world-class supervision from experts on both poetry and poetics