Dr Alex Niven
Lecturer in English Literature
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5316
I completed a DPhil at the University of Oxford in 2013. Before arriving at Newcastle I was assistant editor at New Left Review.
The main focus of my current research is the Newcastle modernist poet Basil Bunting. I am preparing a first edition of Bunting's letters for OUP, and writing a monograph on Bunting and Anglo-American modernism.
I have also written on contemporary politics, music and the history of the north-east of England (I was born and brought up in Northumberland). My first book Folk Opposition (2011) explored the atmosphere of early-2010s Britain, through discussions of regionalism, political history, pop culture and the mores of the modern English bourgeoisie. My second book, a study of the Oasis album Definitely Maybe for Bloomsbury's 33 1/3 series, examined the oceanic cultural moment of the mid-1990s.
I would be happy to supervise postgraduate students researching modernist and contemporary poetry (especially Bunting, and the Poundian tradition and its offshoots), intersections between literature and popular music, the history and afterlife of the Anglo-American counterculture and the art and identity of the north-east.
Media and public engagement
I have written journalism and been featured in interviews and articles for national and international media (Guardian, Independent, Washington Post, VICE, LA Review of Books, De Standaard) and given talks at Glasgow School of Art, Green Man Festival, the Durham Miners Gala, NewBridge Project, Newcastle and the Houses of Parliament (John McDonnell's People's Parliament forum). I would be happy to talk to the media or speak in public about any aspect of my research.
SEL1003: Introduction to Literary Studies 1
SEL3386: Modernist Poetry: Pound to the Beats
SEL6632: Dissertation in English Literature
- Niven A. The Road to Briggflatts. New Left Review 2014, II(89), 149-159.
- Niven A. Oasis' Definitely Maybe (33 1/3). Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.
- Niven A. Towards a New Architecture: Basil Bunting’s Post-war Reconstruction. English Literary History 2014, 81(1), 351-380.
- Niven A. Oh mother: The Smiths and Thatcher. In: Fruela Fernandez, ed. The Smiths: Musica, Politica y Deseo (“The Smiths: Music, Politics and Desire”). Errata Naturae, 2014.
- Niven A. The Last Tape. Zero, 2014.
- Niven A. Tom Pickard. In: Jay Parini, ed. British Writers Supplement XX. Charles Scribner's Sons, 2014, pp.189-205.
- Niven A. The Formal Genesis of Basil Bunting’s Briggflatts. Cambridge Quarterly 2013, 42(3), 203-224.
- Niven A. Folk Opposition. Zero, 2011.
- Niven A. 'That rather bathetic variety of parlour song’: James Joyce and modernist elementary music. In: Brian Griffin and Ellen McWilliams, ed. Irish Studies in Britain. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010, pp.191-203.