Dr Calum Gardner

Teaching Fellow in Drama and Poetry

0113 34 34753

Summary: Poetry and poetics; experimental writing and avant-gardes; queer modernisms; creative responses to theory and poetry-as-theory; poets' theatre and/as drama theory.

Location: Room 2.03, 7 Cavendish Road

Teaching Commitments: Semester 1: Prose: Reading & Interpretation; Writing Critically; Vision & Narrative. Semester 2: Drama: Reading & Interpretation; Poetry: Reading & Interpretation; Vision & Narrative


Calum Gardner, MA Hons (St Andrews) MPhil (Cantab) PhD (Cardiff) 


My research centres on how poetry thinks and works with theory, philosophy, and other systems of thought. My doctoral work was on the responses of English-language poets to the theory of Roland Barthes; this research forms the basis of my forthcoming monograph, Poetry & Barthes (Autumn 2018). My more recent work is towards a study of catachresis (the rhetorical trope of deliberate error) and how it can be applied as a technique and aesthetic category when thinking about poetry, poetics, rhetoric, and political speech.

Academic Publications 


  • Review of Veronica Forrest-Thomson, Poetic Artifice, ed. by Gareth Farmer, Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry (June 2017).

Editorial Activity 

  • Guest Editor of Barthes Studies 2, ‘Barthes and Poetry’, November 2016.

  • Reviews Editor, Barthes Studies, 2014-present.

Creative Practice

I also work creatively as a poet, essayist, and editor of the poetry magazine Zarf