Department of English and Comparative Literature

Professor Chris Baldick

Position held:
Professor of English

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Tues 12.00-13.00

BA (Hons) English Language & Literature, University of Oxford, 1976; DPhil University of Oxford 1981, Lecturer in English, Lancaster University, 1990-3; appointed Professor of English, Goldsmiths College, 1993


Postgraduate and undergraduate courses in Modern Poetry and in Post-Victorian English Literature.

Areas of supervision

  • British writers’ representations of Italy 1900-1930
  • Edward Thomas’s prose
  • History of Ambit magazine
  • Wyndham Lewis and the Body
  • London literary journals in the Second World War
  • The novels of Graham Swift
  • Costume in Gothic fiction
  • Fictional versions of Mary Shelley’s life

Professional activities

  • Fellow of the English Association
  • Associate Editor for 7th edition of The Oxford Companion to English Literature, ed. Dinah Birch
  • External examiner for MA in English: Twentieth-Century Literature, Leeds Metropolitan university

Research interests

My research interests are chiefly in British and European writing of the 20th century, especially English poetry and fiction 1900-1950; the history of English literary criticism; literary terminology; and modern literature’s relations with the Press.

Selected publications

  • Decadence: An Annotated Anthology, ed. with Jane Desmarais (2012)
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (forthcoming, 2008)
  • The Oxford English Literary History, volume 10 (1910-1940): The Modern Movement (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004)
  • Criticism and Literary Theory 1890 to the Present (Harlow: Longman, 1996)
  • The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales (edited, 1992)
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (1990; revd. 2001)
  • In Frankenstein’s Shadow: Myth, Monstrosity, and Nineteenth-Century Writing (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987)
  • The Social Mission of English Criticism 1848-1932 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983)

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