Dr Christopher Law

Staff details

Dr Christopher Law


Lecturer in Critical Theory


English and Creative Writing


c.law (@gold.ac.uk)

Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups

Chris works across literary theory, poetics, aesthetics and critical historiography.

Dr Christopher Law is Lecturer in Critical Theory and convenor (2023-24) of the MA Literary Studies: Critical Theory pathway. He researches in and across the fields of literary theory, poetry and poetics, and critical historiography.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London 2019
  • MA Aesthetics and Art Theory, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University 2012
  • MA (Hons) English Literature, University of Glasgow 2011

Teaching and supervision

MA Literary Studies: Critical Theory Pathway
MA core module "Theories of Literature and Culture"
MA option module "Literature and Philosophy"
BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics 2nd year core module "Aesthetics"

Research interests

Chris publishes in the fields of literary and critical theory, poetry and poetics, and black studies. His recent articles and essays have addressed aesthetic informality in the work of Fred Moten; the category of ‘bio-poetics’ in relation to contemporary lyric poetry; and the poetic dimensions of Walter Benjamin’s idea of criticism. His current research explores entanglements between history, poetry and possession in the work of Moten, Simone White, Samuel Delany and Harryette Mullen, among others.

As a critical and creative-critical writer, Chris has recently published in MAP magazine (on Maggie Nelson) and Counterflows on Paper (on Simone White), the publication accompanying the Glasgow-based experimental music festival. Forthcoming projects include a collaborative publication stemming from a British Academy-funded creative-critical residency at Cove Park (on Racialisation and Migration) and a project, with composer and sound artist Lucy Duncombe, on conversation as a therapeutic and interpretative act.

Publications and research outputs