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Robin Purves

Dr. Robin Purves

Senior Lecturer in English Literature & Creative Writing

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Harrington Building, HA227A

+44 (0) 1772 89 3033

RPurves@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: English Literature, Creative Writing

Dr Robin Purves is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing. His main research interests include modern and contemporary poetry in Europe and in the U.S.A., European philosophy, visual art and popular music.

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Dr Robin Purves obtained an MA (Hons) in English Literature and Politics at the University of Glasgow in 1990 and a PhD in English Literature from the same institution in 1999. His doctoral thesis concerned the work of Charles Baudelaire and Arthur Rimbaud and he maintains an interest in French poetry and also in German poetry, but his main focus has been on experimental poetry in the UK and the USA. He has published widely in this field, including essays on J.H. Prynne, W.S. Graham, Denise Riley, Andrea Brady, and Keston Sutherland. He also maintains an interest in continental philosophy, especially the work of Martin Heidegger and Jacques Derrida, and the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan. He’s currently putting together a book on contemporary poetry, and developing a new research strand on popular music, having written essays recently on the Manchester punk band, The Fall, and a murder ballad from Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music.

Qualifications

MA(Hons); PhD (University of Glasgow)

Publications

”Fatal Flower Garden: The Execution of a Murder Ballad”, in America Changed Through Music: Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, eds. Thomas Huys Smith and Ross Hair (Ashgate, forthcoming 2017)

"For-Being: Uncertainty and Contradiction in J.H. Prynne’s Kazoo Dreamboats” in On The Late Poetry of J.H. Prynne, eds. Joe Luna and Jo Lindsay Walton (Hix Eros, 2015)

”Contemporary Poetry, or the University Discourse” in Hix Eros 3, eds. Jow Lindsay and Joe Luna (2014)

"Why Keston Sutherland is Always Right” in CRISIS INQUIRY (Summer 2012).

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Conferences

Qualifications

I have contributed papers to many conferences, most recently in December 2014 in Birkbeck at a one-day symposium on the work of Andrea Brady. The paper was called “Delivered from poetry: on Andrea Brady’s Mutability”

Research Activities

I have published more than twenty essays in the field of modern and contemporary poetry, including essays on J.H. Prynne, W.S. Graham, Denise Riley, Andrea Brady, and Keston Sutherland. I’m currently putting together a book on contemporary poetry, and developing a new research strand on popular music, having written essays recently on the Manchester punk band, The Fall, and a murder ballad from Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach widely on the programmes for English Literature and Creative Writing, from first year undergraduate modules to the supervision of MA (Res) and PhD students. I am also Subject Leader for Creative Writing.