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Steven Matthews


Areas of interest

My primary research interests are in modernism and its aftermaths, and in modern and contemporary British, Irish, and American poetries. I also publish on Samuel Beckett, Thirties writing, and post-colonial poetry.

Postgraduate supervision

I have supervised to completion PhD students on topics including Samuel Beckett; contemporary American fiction; contemporary Irish poetry; Kafka and Babel; contemporary American womens' poetry; modernist poetries and poetics; H.D.; Mina Loy. My former PhD students are now employed at the various universities, including Leicester, Lancaster, Northampton and Teeside


Within the department, I teach courses on Modernism, Samuel Beckett (undergraduate and M.A.), American literature, and modern and contemporary British poetries.

Selected publications

  • Samuel Beckett's 'Philosophy Notes', co-edited with Matthew Feldman, Oxford University Press, 2020.
  • On Magnetism (poems) Two Rivers Press, 2017
  • Ceaseless Music: Sounding Wordworth's The Prelude, Bloomsbury 2017
  • T.S. Eliot and the Early Modern Literature, Oxford University Press (2013).
  • Skying (poems), Waterloo Press, 2012.
  • Modernism: A Sourcebook, Palgrave, 2008.

Editorial roles

  • Series editor: Contexts in Literature, Arnold and OUP. 6 volumes, 2004-06.
  • Series editor: Sourcebooks for Literature, Palgrave, 6 volumes, 2008-10.
  • Member of editorial board: Historicizing Modernism, Bloomsbury Academic Press.
  • Member of editorial board: Modernism and the Archive, Bloomsbury Academic Press.


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