David-Antoine Williams

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2003-2006 DPhil Balliol College, Oxford       
2002-2003 MPhil The University of St Andrews       
1996-2000 AB    Harvard University


Academic Appointments

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



Defending Poetry : Art and Ethics in Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney, and Geoffrey Hill. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. [link]

ArticlesAll 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]

‘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]

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