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Dr Sarah Barnsley

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PositionSenior Lecturer; Programme Director, University of London International Programmes (English)
Email s.barnsley (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7717 2990
Dr Sarah Barnsley

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) American and English Literature, University of East Anglia, 1997
  • MA ELT & Applied Linguistics, King’s College, University of London, 2001
  • PhD English, Goldsmiths College, University  of London, 2006
  • Visiting Tutor at Goldsmiths 2003-2010; appointed to External Programme 2005; appointed to ECL 2010

Teaching

I teach/have taught the following courses:  Approaches to Text and The Short Story (Level 4); Further Studies in American Literature and Culture (Level 5);  The Emergence of Modern America 1890-1940 (Level 6); Modern American Fiction (Level 6); Modern Poetry (Level 6) and Re-writing Sexualities (MA option).  I also lecture on Moderns (Level 5).

Previous teaching has included Creative Writing (at Roehampton University) and Humanities (at the Open University).

Research Interests

American literature, Mary Barnard, modernism, poetry and poetics, creative writing.

My current book project, The ‘new’ New York Poets: Late Modernism in Manhattan, fleshes out the dynamic yet little-known milieu of Mary Barnard’s mid-century New York in the form of a group biography of a forgotten network of late modernist poets including Reuel Denney, Babette Deutsch, May Swenson and T.C. Wilson. It examines the ways in which these poets variously expanded on the Poundian-Williams notion of the poetic ‘new’ during their residence in Manhattan as they emerged before the better-known New York ‘school’, with whom they share some similarities in their means of production and their ambivalence about being explicitly anchored to one particular group.

Other projects I am at work on include an edition of Mary Barnard’s Complete Poems, a literary biography of May Swenson and a collection of poems.

I would welcome PhD proposals on the following areas:

  • American modernist poetry
  • modern and contemporary British and American poetry
  • late modernism in poetry
  • creative-critical hybrid writing

Current and recent PhD projects supervised/examined include:

  • Sylvia Plath, ‘performativity’ and the ‘author function’
  • ‘play’ in contemporary poetry
  • intersecting Sylvia Plath and the Gothic in found poetics practice
  • ‘misdirection’ in contemporary fiction and graphic narratives
  • Louis MacNeice at the BBC

Publications

Book

The Fire Station
Barnsley, Sarah. 2015. The Fire Station. U.K.: Telltale Press. ISBN 978-0-9928555-3-6

Mary Barnard, American Imagist
Barnsley, Sarah. 2013. Mary Barnard, American Imagist. State University of New York Press. ISBN 978-1-4384-4855-8

The ‘new’ New York Poets: Late Modernism in Manhattan
Barnsley, Sarah. The ‘new’ New York Poets: Late Modernism in Manhattan. UNSPECIFIED.

Article

This Horse [POEM[]
Barnsley, Sarah. 2016. This Horse [POEM[]. Under the Radar(18), pp. 10-11. ISSN 1758 3357

Think of it in terms of geometry [POEM]
Barnsley, Sarah. 2016. Think of it in terms of geometry [POEM]. Under the Radar(18), pp. 12-13.

Self-diagnosis outside a fishmonger’s [POEM]
Barnsley, Sarah. 2016. Self-diagnosis outside a fishmonger’s [POEM]. The Interpreter’s House(62), pp. 26-27. ISSN 1361-5610

Late Modernism in Manhattan: Mary Barnard and May Swenson
Barnsley, Sarah. 2016. Late Modernism in Manhattan: Mary Barnard and May Swenson. Women: A Cultural Review, 26(3), pp. 254-269. ISSN 0957-4042

A Zoology of London [POEM]
Barnsley, Sarah. 2015. A Zoology of London [POEM]. The Stinging Fly, 31(2),

‘The Outsider’ [POEM]
Barnsley, Sarah. 2015. ‘The Outsider’ [POEM]. Envoi(170), p. 38. ISSN 0013-9394

Making it New: Sappho, Mary Barnard and American Modernism
Barnsley, Sarah. 2013. Making it New: Sappho, Mary Barnard and American Modernism. Synthesis, 5,

‘“Sand is the beginning and the end of our dominion”: Mary Barnard, H.D. and Imagism,’ Paideuma: Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, 36 (Spring 2010): 47-74
Barnsley, Sarah. 2010. ‘“Sand is the beginning and the end of our dominion”: Mary Barnard, H.D. and Imagism,’ Paideuma: Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, 36 (Spring 2010): 47-74. Paideuma: Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics,, 36, pp. 47-74.

Sarah Barnsley, ‘Mary Barnard’s “North Window”: Imagism and the Pacific Northwest,’ Western American Literature, 44.3 (Fall 2009), 251-74
Barnsley, Sarah. 2009. Sarah Barnsley, ‘Mary Barnard’s “North Window”: Imagism and the Pacific Northwest,’ Western American Literature, 44.3 (Fall 2009), 251-74. Western American Literature, 44(3), pp. 251-274.