Dr Alex Niven
Lecturer in English Literature
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- 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 literary research is post-war Anglo-American modernist poetry, in particular the Newcastle poet Basil Bunting. I am preparing a first edition of Bunting's letters for OUP, and writing a monograph on Bunting and late 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.
My first poetry collection, The Last Tape, was published by Zero Books in 2014. Poems have also appeared in Oxford Poetry, The Junket, 3:AM, The Oxonian Review and North-East Passage.
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, popular music and contemporary politics, 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 (The Guardian, Pitchfork, The 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 (convenor)
SEL3386: Modernist Poetry: Pound to the Beats (convenor)
SEL8540: Poetology (convenor)
SEL2207: Modernisms (convenor)
SEL6632: Dissertation in English Literature
- Niven A. 'To the king onely to put value': monarchy and commons in Pound’s Canto 109. Glossator: Practice and Theory of the Commentary 2018, 10, 355-370.
- Niven A. 'An English Rust Belt?'. Jacobin, 2017. Available at: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/07/corbyn-labour-white-workers-deindustrial-north-britain-tories.
- Niven A. 'Mark Fisher: 1968-2017'. Jacobin, 2017. Available at: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/01/mark-fisher-capitalist-realism-vampire-castle.
- Niven A. How Radiohead Became, For a Time, the World's Biggest Political Band. New York: Pitchfork, 2016. Available at: http://pitchfork.com/thepitch/1134-how-radiohead-became-for-a-time-the-worlds-biggest-political-band/.
- Niven A. 'Beyond Waterloo Sunset'. In: Fordham, M, ed. Uncommon London. London, UK: Uncommon, 2015, pp.136-140.
- Niven A. 'Forget Cool Britannia – we should reclaim the subversive spirit of 1994'. The Guardian, 2014. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/13/forget-cool-britannia-reclaim-subversive-spirit-1994.
- Niven A. 'North Sea Travelogue'. The Junket 2014. The Junket, (11).
- Niven A. Oasis' Definitely Maybe (33 1/3). Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.
- 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. The Road to Briggflatts. New Left Review 2014, II(89), 149-159.
- Niven A. 'Towards a Common Culture: On Literature and the School Syllabus'. Review 31 2014, 9 June.
- Niven A. Tom Pickard. In: Jay Parini, ed. British Writers Supplement XX. Charles Scribner's Sons, 2014, pp.189-205.
- Niven A. Towards a New Architecture: Basil Bunting’s Post-war Reconstruction. English Literary History 2014, 81(1), 351-380.
- Niven A. Welcome To The New Age: 2014 and The New Utopian Pop. London: The Quietus, 2014. Available at: http://thequietus.com/articles/14261-pop-music-2014-retromania-futurism.
- Niven A. 'Faintly Transcendental: On The Poetry Of Graham Foust'. The Quietus, 2013. Available at: http://thequietus.com/articles/12306-graham-foust-to-anacreon-in-heaven-and-other-poems.
- Niven A. The Formal Genesis of Basil Bunting’s Briggflatts. Cambridge Quarterly 2013, 42(3), 203-224.
- Niven A. The Matter of Capital, Christopher Nealon, Cambridge, MA.: Harvard University Press, 2011; The Zukofsky Era: Modernity, Margins, and the Avant-Garde, Ruth Jennison, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012. Historical Materialism 2013, 21(3), 205-212.
- Niven A. 'Martin Amis, Geezer-Prat, and His Unfortunate Clichés Of Britishness'. The Quietus, 2012. Available at: http://thequietus.com/articles/09146-martin-amis-blur-cool-britannia-lionel-asbo.
- Niven A. Folk Opposition. Zero, 2011.
- Niven A. 'Kicking the Geordies when they're down'. The Guardian, 2011. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/jun/03/geordies-cheryl-cole-geordie-shore.
- 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.