School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Thom Robinson

Teaching Assistant


I was awarded my PhD in English Literature from the University of Sheffield in 2015. I've taught at Newcastle since 2016 (after previous teaching at Sheffield and Bishop Grosseteste University).


My PhD thesis explored nostalgia for adolescence in the work of the American Beat writer, William S. Burroughs. I've published work on Burroughs both online and in academic journals, most recently in Comparative American Studies. I've also reviewed Beat Generation criticism for Twentieth Century Literature and Journal of American Studies.

My most recent research has concerned the influence of 1960s American publishers Grove Press on the early songwriting of Lou Reed, with particular reference to John Rechy's City of Night, Hubert Selby Jr.'s Last Exit to Brooklyn and Grove's in-house journal, the Evergreen Review. This is for a chapter in a forthcoming essay collection on the music of The Velvet Underground to be published by Bloomsbury.

My research interests include the twentieth-century American novel, literary modernism, intersections between literature and popular music, and silent film.


SEL 1003: Introduction to Literary Studies 1

SEL 1004: Introduction to Literary Studies 2