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Tom Baynes

Associate Lecturer
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Tom was awarded a PhD by the University of Bristol in 2015, and won the Review of English Studies Essay Prize two years later. He is currently preparing three articles for publication, and developing his thesis into a book. He teaches on Shakespeare, Sensibility and Romanticism, and Literature of the Victorian Period.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD English Literature (University of Bristol, 2015)
  • MA English Literature (Royal Holloway, 2010)
  • BA (Hons) History (Goldsmiths, 2008)


  • Shakespeare
  • Sensibility and Romanticism
  • Literature of the Victorian Period

Research Interests

Shelley, Keats, Tennyson, and Goethe; eighteenth- and nineteenth-century German-British literary relations.


"Out of Orcus into Life”: Tennyson’s Princess, Arthur Hallam, and German Literature’, Review of English Studies, n.s., 69: 290 (2018), 413–29

‘Murder’d Men: “Isabella” and Goethe’s Werther’, Romanticism, 24: 1 (2018), 53–66

Dr Alice Condé

Postdoctoral Associate Tutor
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Alice's research is based on nineteenth-century Decadent literature, in particular the representation of masochism and cruel women in the work of A. C. Swinburne, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Symons, and Ernest Dowson.

Alice is a member of the Decadence Research Unit at Goldsmiths. Her research is based on nineteenth-century Decadent literature, in particular, the representation of masochism and cruel women in the work of A. C. Swinburne, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Symons, and Ernest Dowson. She is also currently working on contemporary Decadence and popular culture.

Alice is co-editor of two collections of essays: with Jane Desmarais, Decadence and the Senses (Legenda, 2017), and with Jessica Gossling, In Cynara’s Shadow: Collected Essays on Ernest Dowson (Peter Lang, 2019). She is Deputy Editor of Volupté: Interdisciplinary Journal of Decadence Studies and Secretary of the British Association of Decadence Studies (BADS).

Academic qualifications 

  • PhD English and Comparative Literature (Goldsmiths, 2015)
  • MA English (King’s College London, 2009)
  • BA (Hons) English (Goldsmiths, 2008)

Teaching (between 2011 and 2019)

  • Literature of the Victorian Period & Introduction to Literature of the Victorian Period
  • Approaches to Text
  • Introduction to Comparative Literature, Salome module
  • Studies in Comparative Literature, Fin de Siècle module
  • Moderns
  • Short Story

Research and publications

Alice Condé, ‘Contemporary Contexts: Decadence Today and Tomorrow’, in The Oxford Handbook of Decadence, ed. by Jane Desmarais and David Weir (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

Alice Condé, ‘Decadence and Popular Culture’, in Decadence and Literature, ed. by Jane Desmarais and David Weir (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019)

Alice Condé and Jessica Gossling (eds.), In Cynara’s Shadow: Collected Essays on Ernest Dowson (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2019), includes my chapter ‘“The pale roses expire”: Dowson’s Decadent diminuendo’

Alice Condé and Jessica Gossling, ‘The Devil in the Detail: An Introduction to Decadent Occultism from the Editors’, Volupté: Interdisciplinary Journal of Decadence Studies, 1.2 (2018), i-ix

Jane Desmarais and Alice Condé (eds.), Decadence and the Senses (Cambridge: Legenda, 2017), includes my chapter ‘Sensory Nullification in the Poetry of Ernest Dowson’

Review of Kostas Boyiopoulos, The Decadent Image: The Poetry of Wilde, Symons and Dowson, Edinburgh University Press, 2015, for The Oscholars, (May 2016)

PhD thesis, ‘Incorporeal Punishment: Writing Masochism and the Cruel Woman in English Decadence, 1860-1900’ (Goldsmiths, 2015), supervised by Professor Jane Desmarais

Selected conference papers 

‘The afterlife of the Decadent femme fatale: Phantasmal delusion in Ben Hecht’s Fantazius Mallare (1922)’, Neo-Victorian Decadences, Durham University, 8 September 2017

‘“The pale roses expire”: Dowson’s Decadent diminuendo’, Ernest Dowson (1867-1900): Poet, translator, novelist, Goldsmiths, 15 April 2016

‘Mirrors, shadows, dancing girls: the Decadent woman in Arthur Symons’s London Nights’, Goldsmiths Literature Seminar (GLITS), 21 February 2013

‘A. C. Swinburne and the masochistic fantasy of the cruel woman’, London Nineteenth-Century Seminar, 2 February 2013

‘The masochistic game in nineteenth-century Decadence, and why Oscar Wilde’s Salomé cannot play along’, LUDUS: The Narrative of Games and the Art of Play, Goldsmiths, 22 June 2012

‘The Decadent cruel woman, masochism, and the dynamics of control’, Goldsmiths Literature Seminar (GLITS), 15 March 2012

‘Writing masochism in nineteenth-century Decadence’, Goldsmiths Postgraduate Symposium, 20 May 2011

‘Writing the cruelty of female sexuality in Wilde’s Salomé’, Transgression and its Limits, University of Stirling, 30 May 2010

Conference organization

Aesthetic Time, Decadent Archives, Goldsmiths, 18-19 July 2019 

Decadence, Magic(k), and the Occult, Goldsmiths, 19-20 July 2018 

Arthur Symons at the Fin de Siècle, Goldsmiths, 21 July 2017 

Ernest Dowson (1867-1900): Poet, translator, novelist, Goldsmiths, 15 April 2016 

Decadence and the Senses, Goldsmiths, 10-11 April 2014

Traces, Goldsmiths, 14 June 2013

London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminar Postgraduate Day, Senate House, University of London, 20 April 2013

LUDUS: The Narrative of Games and the Art of Play, Goldsmiths, 22 June 2012

See Alice's full research outputs on Goldsmiths Resersearch Online

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Cat Conway

Graduate Trainee Tutor
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Cathleen Allyn Conway is finishing her PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the co-editor of Plath Profiles, the only academic journal dedicated to the work of Sylvia Plath. She has previously worked as a journalist on UK trades and national newspapers, such as The Sun, Daily Telegraph, and the Financial Times and as an English teacher (KS3-KS5) in inner London. Originally from Chicago, she lives in South London.

Academic qualifications

  • 2013  PGCE Secondary English, Goldsmiths Collge
  • 2002  MA Writing (business and literary), DePaul University
  • 1995  BA English Literature, Indiana University



Cathleen will be teaching on Introduction to Poetry (EN51009B) in the Spring term.  She has previously worked with A-Level students, offered private tuition and taught English literature, literary theory and journalism at secondary schools in south east London.


Research interests

My PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths intersects Sylvia Plath and the gothic in found poetics practice, using an intersectionalist feminist perspective. 

Additional research interests include cultural studies, genre theory, speculative fiction, fan studies and media studies.

Anna Derrig

Short Course Tutor
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Anna Derrig works in the evolving field of ethics and contemporary memoir and life writing. She has studied, commented on, and taught research ethics and consent, and life writing since 2011. In 2019, she graduated with a PhD in creative and life writing supervised by Francis Spufford and Blake Morrison. Anna is writing a memoir and a textbook on ethics and consent in creative non-fiction.

Academic qualifications

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority
  • MA Journalism (Westminster University)
  • MA Social Policy (Brunel University)
  • Postgraduate social work qualification (Brunel University - CQSW)
  • BA (Hons) in Social Administration (University of Nottingham)


Short courses on ethics, memoir and life writing (ongoing).  Research ethics for doctoral candidates and other postgraduates since 2012.  

Professional activities

Anna is a writer, tutor, researcher and voluntary arts worker. Previously: a journalist, PR/media manager, access consultant, social and community worker.

  • Published in Penguin, Virago and Gold Room anthologies.
  • Journalism in national and international online/print news and feature outlets.
  • Shortlist: Press Gazette online student journalist of the year.
  • Longlist: Mslexia memoir competition. (2014)
  • Longlist: Life Writing Prize Goldsmiths and Spread The Word. (2017) 

Featured presentations

  • Truth, Empathy and Ethics roundtable. NonfictioNOW. University of Iceland. (2017)
  • Negotiated Truths seminar presenter. Open University’s Contemporary Cultures of Writing Research Group in partnership with the Institute of English Studies. Senate House. (2016)
  • Copyright and the Future of Digital Creativity panel. CREATe Festival, RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) London. (2016)
  • Personal and Public Lives panel. Excavating Lives, IABA (International AutoBiography Association) conference. University of Cyprus. (2016)
  • Life Writing and/as Empathy paper. Symposium on Narrative emotions. University of Navarra, Spain. (2015)
  • Consent and creative non-fiction conference: creativity panel. Goldsmiths. (2015)
  • Critical: Literary criticism conference. Consent and life writing paper. University of East Anglia, London. (2012)
  • Ethics and life writing paper. Postgraduate education conference. Goldsmiths. (2012)
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Dr Erica Gillingham

Associate Lecturer
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Teaching - MA Module Re-writing Sexualities

Erica is an early career researcher with a MA and PhD from the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature at the University of Roehampton. Her doctoral these examined lesbian love stories in young adult literature and comics across genre and form, and her research interests includes queer literature, popular literature and culture, and contemporary poetry. She is also a bookseller Gay’s the Word Bookshop, Books Editor for DIVA Magazine, and a poet. 


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Dr Jessica Gossling

Postdoctoral Associate Tutor
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Jessica Gossling is Lecturer (Fractional) in the Department of English and Comparative Literature and a member of the Decadence Research Unit. Her interests centre on nineteenth-century literature, art, and culture, with a particular focus on French and English Decadence.

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) English and Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths
  • MA 20th Century Literature and its Contexts, Goldsmiths
  • PGCE (Post-Compulsory Education), Institute of Education
  • PhD - 'Decadent Threshold Poetics: A Comparative Study of Threshold Space in Charles Baudelaire, Joris-Karl Huysmans, Ernest Dowson, and Arthur Symons', Goldsmiths


  • Literature of the Victorian Period
  • Introduction to Literature of the Victorian Period
  • Decadence
  • Approaches to Text
  • Introduction to Poetry
  • Engaging Poetry
  • Moderns 

Research interests

Jessica's research is primarily focused on Decadent literature and visual art at the fin de siècle. She is co-editor, with Alice Condé, of In Cynara’s Shadow: Collected Essays on Ernest Dowson (Peter Lang in 2019), and her essay on 'À rebours and the House at Fontenay' is published in Decadence and the Senses. She is currently writing an essay on Interior Design for the Oxford Handbook of Decadence (forthcoming 2021). Alongside researching occultism, magickal women, and Decadent cinema, Jessica is currently working on her monograph on Decadent threshold poetics. Jessica is also Deputy Editor of Volupté and treasurer of the British Association of Decadence Studies (BADS).  

See Jessica's research outputs on Goldsmiths Research Online.


  • Decadence and the Senses, Goldsmiths, 10-11 April 2014
  • Nineteenth Century Studies Seminar Graduate Conference, Institute of English Studies, 26 April 2014
  • Ernest Dowson: Poet, Translator, Novelist, Goldsmiths, 15 April 2016
  • Arthur Symons at the Fin de Siècle, Goldsmiths, 21 July 2017
  • Decadence, Magic(k), and the Occult, Goldsmiths, 19-20 July 2018
  • Aesthetic Time, Decadence Archives, Goldsmiths, 18-19 July 2019
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Sara Grant

Associate Lecturer
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Sara writes and edits fiction for children and teens. Her new series Chasing Danger is an action-adventure series for tweens. Dark Parties, her first young adult novel, won the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Crystal Kite Award for Europe. Her next teen novel – Half Lives – is a story told in two voices from a pre- and post-apocalyptic time. She also writes a funny magical series for young readers, titled Magic Trix.

As a freelance editor of series fiction, she has worked on twelve different series and edited nearly 100 books. She has given writing workshops in the US, UK and Europe. She co-founded Undiscovered Voices – which has launched the writing careers of thirty-two authors, who now have written more than 120 children’s books. Sara was born and raised in Washington, Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University with degrees in journalism and psychology, and later she earned a master’s degree in creative and life writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She lives in London.

Academic qualifications

  • Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences, Bloomington, IN
  • A. in Journalism and Psychology, May 1990, Grade Point Average 3.48 (on 4.0 scale)
  • New School University, New York, NY
  • Progress toward master’s degree in Media Studies (12 credit hours), August 2002 to August 2003, Grade Point Average 3.9 (on 4.0 scale)
  • Goldsmiths College, University of London, Creative and Life Writing MA program, London
  • September 2004 to September 2006, Assessment Mark 71 (distinction).


Sara served as the tutor for the University of Winchester’s master’s in writing for children. She taught the ‘Writing for the Early Years’ course in 2014 and 2015. She has given creative writing workshos in the US, UK and Europe. She visits nearly fifty primary and secondary schools a year, giving assemblies and workshops on writing.

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Beth Guilding

Visiting Lecturer
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Beth Guilding passed her PhD with no corrections in December 2016. She is currently preparing her thesis, Towards the Impossibility of Childhood: Maurice Blanchot’s ‘(A primal scene?)’, for publication as a monograph.

Academic qualifications

PhD, Goldsmiths

MA, Goldsmiths

BA, Goldsmiths 


Approaches to Text and Literature in Question: Writing Since World War Two. 

Research interests

Beth’s primary research interests include the works of Blanchot, Levinas, Louis-René des Forêts, Freud, Leclaire, Lacoue-Labarthe and Jean-Luc Nancy, with a specific emphasis on figurations of childhood in Twentieth Century philosophy and literature. Beth is also an invited member of the International Network of Comparative Humanities (INCH), funded by Princeton University and the University of Notre Dame. 

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Dr Katharina Herold

Associate Lecturer
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Katharina completed her thesis in 2018 at Oxford. The thesis, supported by an AHRC grant, examined the ways in which Orientalism shaped English and German Decadent writing between 1880 – 1920 and is currently being prepared for publication.

Katharina completed her thesis in 2018 at Oxford. The thesis, supported by an AHRC grant, examined the ways in which Orientalism shaped English and German Decadent writing between 1880 – 1920 and is currently being prepared for publication. Her current project investigates the ways in which Islamic and Arabic cultures were in exchange and embedded within the literary landscape in Britain from 1815 to 1933. Previously, she trained and worked as a theatre director in Germany before embarking on a BA in English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London, followed by an MSt in English Literature (1830 – 1914) at Oxford. Since September 2017 she has been Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths College. For the academic year 2019/2020 Katharina is the convenor and teacher on the core MA module, Studies in Comparative Literature and Criticism.

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Theatre Directing (Munich)
  • BA (Hons) English and Comparative Literature (Goldsmiths)
  • MSt English Literature 1830-1914 (Oxford)
  • DPhil in English Literature (Oxford)


  • EN52247A  Studies in Comparative Literature
  • EN71060A  Studies in Comparative Literature and Criticism (MA)

Research interests

Katharina’s research interests focus on Literature and the Arts at the European Fin de siècle and the ways in which literature facilitates intercultural exchanges; specifically Aestheticism and Decadence; Victorian, Modern and Contemporary Drama and Performance; Literary Orientalism; Comparative Literature and Translation Studies.

See Katharina's research outputs on Goldsmiths Research Online.

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Giovanna Iozzi

Short Course Tutor
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Giovanna Iozzi is working towards a PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths. Her finished creative project Black Figs, (supervisor: Stephen Knight) is a novel tracking a woman's unsettling mental disintegration during a summer holiday in Italy. She is a recipient of Goldsmiths' Pat Kavanagh Prize and has published short stories in various places including Ambit, Rattle Tales, The Gold Room & Exeter Writers. She previously worked as a tabloid journalist writing TV features.

Academic Qualifications 

  • BA Hons, Drama & English at Bristol University
  • MA Creative & Life Writing, Goldsmiths
  • PG Certificate in the Managment of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Goldsmiths (Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy)
  • TEFL


Giovanna teaches the Goldsmiths short course: How to Write Short Stories that Resonate

She has also taught on the Critical Contexts seminar for Creative Writing MA students.

She teaches a range of courses for adults in north London for Haringey Literature Live including short fiction, memoir and feature writing.

Research interests 

Giovanna's PhD critical focus (supervisor: Dr Carole Sweeney) is on disgust, masochism and confinement in the early novels of Elena Ferrante: Troubled Love, The Days of Abandonment and The Lost Daughter.

Dr Jacob McGuinn

Associate Lecturer
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Jacob works in modern poetry, poetics, and critical theory.

Academic qualifications



EN51001A Explorations in Literature

EN51007B Engaging Poetry

EN53333A Modern Poetry

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Dr Victoria Odeniyi

Associate Lecturer
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Victoria has a Masters in English Language Teaching (University of Sheffield) and a doctorate in Applied Linguistics (Canterbury Christ Church University). She is course convenor for Language Learning and Language Teaching. Current research and professional interests include: peer review, the sociolinguistics of identity, critical intercultural communication and ethnography.

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Dr Jocelyn Page

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Jocelyn Page has worked in the field of education management and teaching since 1989. Experienced with both adult and young learners, she has taught English, Poetry, Creative Writing and English as a Second Language in the UK, United States, Japan and Italy. Students at Goldsmiths have cited Jocelyn’s ability to encourage discussion, elicit participation and increase levels of knowledge and confidence.

Academic qualifications

  • Nov 2015 - Awarded PhD in Creative Writing, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London. Title: On My Mind: The Shared Vision of Collaboration ‘In Absentia’
  • Sept 2009 - MA with Distinction in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London.
  • 1989 - BA (Phi Beta Kappa) in Japanese and Linguistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.


Jocelyn Page was awarded the PGCE in Management and Teaching in Higher Education from Goldsmiths College in 2014. She has taught undergraduate courses, including Engaging Poetry and Introduction to Poetry, at Goldsmiths since September 2011. Jocelyn has also worked at University of London’s International Programmes on the Virtual Learning Environment.

In addition, in 2016, Jocelyn began working in the community as a facilitator at the 999 Club homeless shelter and as the Writer in Residence at The Reach Climbing Centre in Woolwich.

Between November 2009 and September 2012, Jocelyn Page worked as a Creative Writing tutor at Spread the Word, London, where she facilitated poetry workshops for adult and youth participants at libraries, primary and secondary schools in Greenwich, Lewisham, Tower Hamlets and Lewes. She also led teacher-training projects and produced anthologies and performances for students.

Professional activities

Between 1994 and 2001, Jocelyn managed international English language institutes in Washington, DC and London, In these roles, she directed all operations, including hiring and training of teaching staff, curriculum and educational development. She organised daily educational activities, managed administrative and teaching personnel and supervised marketing and budgeting of large English Language schools.

Jocelyn Page has acted as the Associate Teaching Staff representative for the English and Comparative Literature Department and the Post Graduate Student representative on both the Research Committee for ECL.

Featured work

  • You’ve Got To Wait Till the Man You Trust Says Go (2015)
  • Translation as Collaboration, Poetry and Collaboration in the Age of Modernism, Trinity College Dublin (2015)
  • Mapping Chaos, University of Plymouth (2012)
  • Smithereens (2010)
  • Additional poetry published: Ambit, Magma, The Moth, Orbis, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Parnassus, Poetry Review, Poetry Salzburg, Rialto, The South Carolina Review, The Spectator.

Grants and awards

  • Goldsmiths’ Writers’ Centre Poetry Pamphlet Competition winner (May 2015)
  • Pighog Press/Poetry School Pamphlet competition shortlist (March 2013)
  • Goldsmiths Learning Enhancement Unit Fellowship in Teaching (January 2013)
  • Poetry Trust Advanced Seminar selected participant (March 2011)
  • The New Writer Magazine, Highly commended, Poetry collection category (2008)

See Jocelyn's research outputs on Goldsmiths Research Online.

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Florence Platford

Graduate trainee tutor
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Florence is a PhD student in the English and Comparative Literature department at Goldsmiths.

Her current research takes as its starting point the comparison that Walter Benjamin makes between Surrealism and a secret society and its bearing on his notion of "profane illumination". Other interests include the Intellectual History of the Enlightenment, Kant's theory of aesthetics and the notion of 'objectless' horror in art and literature. 

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Eva Salzman

Associate Lecturer
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Academic qualifications

  • MFA (Columbia University – NYC, USA)
  • BA (Bennington College, Vermont, USA)


  • MA Poetry Specialist Workshop – Leader
  • BA Poetry  Module (Level 2)  - Leader
  • BA – tutorials/consultations, mid-term grading, reports, portfolio supervision
  • Development & research new writing component of BA English degree course (craft, resources, references, poems, critical texts)
  • Occasional: convening; grading BA portfolios

Research interests

Comparative UK/USA/Ireland poetry, fiction & non-fiction; contemporary and women’s poetry; cultural journalism - essays, reportage, travel, memoir, belles lettres, etc.;  form & craft; 19th century British & American novel and short story  (and 18th century and contemporary); libretti & lyrics

See eva's research outputs on Goldsmiths Research Online.


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Dr Guy Stevenson

Associate Lecturer
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Guy is a lecturer and critic in English and American literature, and he currently teaches modules at Goldsmiths and Queen Mary. He recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Edinburgh University’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, where he was researching a book about the politics of the 1950s and 60s literary school, the Beat Generation.  Guy has published essays in The European Journal of English Studies along with chapters in anthologies about his two main PhD subjects, Henry Miller and Ezra Pound, and is currently editing a special issue of the journal Textual Practice – on the subject of ‘Anti-Humanist Modernisms’. He also writes reviews and essays for The TLS, LARB, Literary Review and others.

Academic qualifications

  • BA English Literature (University of Bristol, 2006)
  • MA Issues in Modern Culture (University College London, 2008)
  • PhD 'Blast and Bless – The Radical Aesthetics of Henry Miller and Ezra Pound' (Goldsmiths, University of London, 2015)



  • Explorations in Literature
  • Inventing the Nation


  • The American South
  • Modern American Fiction
  • Postmodern Fiction

Research interests

His research focuses on the literary modernism of the early twentieth century and the 1960s counterculture, with an emphasis on the politics of both periods and unexpected connections between them.

See Guy's research outputs on Goldsmiths Research Online.