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2003-2006 DPhil Balliol College, Oxford 2002-2003 MPhil The University of St Andrews 1996-2000 AB Harvard University
2010- Assistant Professor, St Jerome’s University, the University of Waterloo 2007-2010 British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, English Faculty, Oxford 2007-2010 Junior Research Fellow in English, Hertford College, Oxford
Monograph Defending Poetry : Art and Ethics in Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney, and Geoffrey Hill. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. [link] Articles ‘All corruptible things: Geoffrey Hill's Etymological Crux’ in Modern Philology (forthcoming Feb 2015). ‘Method as Tautology in the Digital Humanities’ in Literary and Linguistic Computing (forthcoming 2014 [advance link]). ‘Poetic Antagonyms’ in The Comparatist 37 (May, 2013): 169-85. [link] ‘Tête-à-tête, Face-à-face : Brodsky, Levinas, and the Ethics of Poetry’ in Poetics Today 30.2 (2009): 207-35. [link] Reviews ‘Living Powers’, a review of Denise Gigante, Life: Organic Form and Romanticism, in Essays in Criticism 60.4 (2010): 368-74. [link] A review of C. I. Armstrong, Figures of Memory: Poetry, Space and the Past, in Modern Language Review 105.3 (2010): 849-50. [link] A review of Robert Von Hallberg, Lyric Powers, in The Times Higher Education (1-7.i.2009): 53. [link] ‘Low Risk’, a review of Eleanor Cook, A Reader’s Guide to Wallace Stevens, in Essays in Criticism 58.3 (2008): 369-75. [link] ‘Book of the Week’, a review of Geoffrey Hill, Collected Critical Writings, in The Times Higher Education (20.iii.2008): 44-5. [link] Editions Williams, David-Antoine, ed. Oxford Poetry Broadsides. Anne Carson, Wendy Cope, Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, Robert Pinsky, et al.. Oxford: Oxford Poetry, 2005-2007.
Grants & Funding
2013-14 Faculty Research Grant - ‘Poetry-Philology-Lexicography’ - $1,250 St Jerome’s University 2012-13 Faculty Research Grant - ‘Data-Mining the OED’ - $5,000 St Jerome’s University 2011-13 Insight Development Grant - ‘Poetry & Contingency’ - $17,049 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada 2011-12 UW-SIG Seed Grant - ‘Applying search & stylometry techniques to OED2 & poetic text corpora’ - $5,437 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and The University of Waterloo 2011-12 Faculty Research Grant - ‘The Poet & the Dictionary’ - $6,000 St Jerome’s University 2007-10 British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship - £215,179 The British Academy 2007-10 Junior Research Fellowship in English Hertford College, Oxford
St Jerome's University 2010- ENGL100B: Introduction to Poetry ENGL200B: Survey of British Literature 2, 1780 to the Present ENGL251A: Criticism I ENGL260: Irish Literature and the ‘Troubles’ ENGL365: Directed Reading: Gerard Manley Hopkins ENGL365: Directed Reading: Gender and Sexuality in Irish Literature ENGL460D: Contemporary British Literature ENGL460C: British Literature, 1945 to the Present ENGL487: Recent British and Commonwealth Poetry and Poetics University of Waterloo 2010- ENGL785: What Good is Poetry? ENGL705: Directed Reading: The Poets on Poetry ENGL705: Directed Reading: Modern British Poetry Oxford University 2004-2010 Mods Paper 1: Introduction to Literary Studies (Hertford College) Mods Paper 4: Seamus Heaney (Lady Margaret Hall, Trinity College, Pembroke College, Hertford College) FHS Paper 7: Emily Dickinson (Hertford College) FHS Paper 8: Modern Poetry and Translation (Hertford College) Lectures: Reading Poetry (English Faculty) Visiting Student Special Paper: T. S. Eliot Visiting Student Special Paper: 20th C. British & Irish Poetry: Yeats, Eliot, Heaney, Hill Visiting Student Special Paper: Transatlantic Poetry: Eliot, Auden, Muldoon