Professor Chris Baldick

Staff details

Position Emeritus Professor of English
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Professor Chris Baldick

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

I supervise some topics in British poetry and fiction from 1890 to the present, and in the history of modern criticism and its terminologies. Examples of projects I have previously supervised include:

  • British writers’ representations of Italy 1900-1930
  • Edward Thomas’s prose
  • History of Ambit magazine
  • Wyndham Lewis and the Body
  • Aldous Huxley’s guru figures
  • The novels of Graham Swift
  • Poetic influences on Philip Larkin
  • The modern beach-walk poem

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 the work of W. H. Auden.

Publications and research outputs


Baldick, Chris. 2012. Literature of the 1920s: Writers Among the Ruins. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9780748627301

Baldick, Chris. 2004. The Modern Movement (The Oxford English Literary History, Volume 10: 1900-1940). Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198183100

Baldick, Chris. 1996. Criticism and Literary Theory 1890 to the Present. Routledge. ISBN 978-0582033832

Baldick, Chris. 1990. In Frankenstein’s Shadow: Myth, Monstrosity, and Nineteenth-Century Writing. Oxford: OUP. ISBN 978-0198122494

Baldick, Chris. 1983. The Social Mission of English Criticism 1848-1932. Oxford: Clarendon Press. ISBN 978-0198128212

Edited Book

Desmarais, Jane H. and Baldick, Chris, eds. 2017. Arthur Symons: Selected Early Poems, eds. Jane Desmarais and Chris Baldick. Cambridge: Modern Humanities Research Association. ISBN 9781781880999

Baldick, Chris and Desmarais, Jane H., eds. 2017. Arthur Symons: Selected Early Poems. Cambridge: Modern Humanities Research Association. ISBN 9781781880999

Baldick, Chris, ed. 2015. The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms. Oxford: OUP. ISBN 978-0198715443

Desmarais, Jane and Baldick, Chris, eds. 2011. Decadence: An annotated anthology. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-0719075513

Baldick, Chris, ed. 2009. The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales. Oxford: OUP. ISBN 978-0199561537

Book Section

Baldick, Chris. 2019. Modern Prophetic Poetry and the Decadence of Empires: From Kipling to Auden. In: Jane H. Desmarais and David Weir, eds. Decadence and Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 347-361. ISBN 9781108550826

Baldick, Chris. 2015. The Novel in Theory, 1900–1965. In: Stephen Arata; Madigan Haley; J. Paul Hunter and Jennifer Wicke, eds. A Companion to the English Novel. London: Wiley, pp. 256-270. ISBN 9781405194457

Baldick, Chris. 2014. Modernist Criticism. In: David. E. Chinitz and Gail McDonald, eds. A Companion to Modernist Poetry. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 185-196. ISBN 9780470659816

Baldick, Chris. 2013. Poetry and Modern Criticism. In: , ed. UNSPECIFIED

Baldick, Chris. 2011. Political Novels and Utopian Romances. In: Patrick Parrinder and Andrzej Gasiorek, eds. The Reinvention of the British and Irish Novel 1880-1940 (Oxford History of the Novel in English, Volume 4). England: Oxford University Press, p. 197. ISBN 978-0-19-955933-6

Baldick, Chris. 2006. 1928, London: A Strange Interlude. In: B. McHale and R. Stevenson, eds. The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English. Edinburgh University Press, pp. 73-81. ISBN 0748620117

Baldick, Chris. 2006. Literature and the academy. In: P. Waugh, ed. Literary Theory and Criticism: An Oxford Guide. Oxford University Press, pp. 85-95. ISBN 0199258368

Baldick, Chris. 2001. Post-mortem: Lawrence's critical and cultural legacy. In: A. Fernihough, ed. The Cambridge Companion to D. H. Lawrence. Cambridge University Press, pp. 253-269. ISBN 052162617X