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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.
- Roland Barthes and the Birth of Language Writing, Barthes Studies 2, Barthes and Poetry (November 2016) , pp. 4-22
- Editorial: The Terrible Power of Language, Barthes Studies 2, Barthes and Poetry (November 2016) , pp. 1-3
- Residence at C___: Veronica Forrest-Thomson and Lisa Robertson Writing Cambridge, Contemporary Womens Writing 10.1, Environments (March 2016), pp. 67-84
- Review of Veronica Forrest-Thomson, Poetic Artifice, ed. by Gareth Farmer, Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry (June 2017).
- Guest Editor of Barthes Studies 2, Barthes and Poetry, November 2016.
- Reviews Editor, Barthes Studies, 2014-present.
I also work creatively as a poet, essayist, and editor of the poetry magazine Zarf.