School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Mark Byers

Lecturer in Contemporary Poetry

Background

Qualifications

DPhil in English, Balliol College, Oxford

MSt in English (1900-Present), Balliol College, Oxford

BA (Hons) English Literature, Durham University

Research

Research Interests

I am principally interested in twentieth-century poetry (particularly modernist and late modernist poetry), media history, and textual studies. My first monograph, Charles Olson and American Modernism: The Practice of the Self (OUP 2018), investigated the ‘remaking’ of literary and visual modernism in the first decade after 1945, reading the work of American poet Charles Olson alongside his contemporaries in other media, notably painting. I have also written on other late modernist poets, including the British poet R.F. Langley.

Current Research

My current monograph project, Antedigital Poetics, examines the emergence of new kinds of electronic and digital textuality in the period 1950 to 1985, and their implications for (and in) experimental poetic practice, particularly in the United States. In addition, I am also editing the selected letters of the British-Irish poet Tom Raworth, which will be published by the University of New Mexico Press.

With Professor Linda Anderson and Dr Ahren Warner, I am currently editing a collection of essays, The Contemporary Poetry Archive: Essays and Interventions (EUP, forthcoming 2019). I am also closely involved in the development of Newcastle University’s Contemporary Poetry Collections (poetry@ncl.ac.uk).

Postgraduate Supervision 

I welcome inquiries from prospective research students in any of my areas of expertise.

Teaching

In 2019/20 I will be teaching on the following modules:

SEL1003: Introduction to Literary Studies 1 (Convenor)

SEL1030: Close Reading

SEL2207: Modernisms

SEL3397: American Poetry Now (Convenor)

Publications