Dr Jacob McGuinn
Jacob is a Lecturer in English, and Deputy Co-Director of the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought (CPCT). He started teaching at Goldsmiths in 2016, and completed an AHRC funded PhD in English at Queen Mary, University of London in 2017, on poetry and philosophy. His teaching and research cover issues in modernity, poetry and poetics, and philosophical aesthetics, ranging from the Romantic era to the contemporary.
- PhD English, Queen Mary, University of London 2017
- MA Literary Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London 2011
- BA English and History (Joint hons.), University of Birmingham 2010
Teaching and Supervision
Jacob's research investigates connections between literature, criticism, and history, drawing on philosophical, historical, and political contexts to read modern poetry. His first monograph reads Paul Celan's late poetry in this manner, situating his work from late 1960s Paris in a constellation of thinkers on the question of form in philosophy and literature: Immanuel Kant, Theodor Adorno, and Maurice Blanchot. Further work on these issues has read Blanchot's post-Kantianism through Wordsworth; George Oppen's politics of 'common sense'; and Celan as a figure of elegy and as a reader of the cinema. This research is interested in tracing modernity's developing theories of criticism, interpretation, and reading through poetry, and in particular in understanding the conditions of reading and criticism.
Jacob's current research considers the roots of contemporary intermedial poetics in modern experimental poetry traditions, touching on visual art, the moving image, and sound as contexts for both writing and reading poetry.
Further profile content
Reading at the limits of poetic form: Adorno, Blanchot, Celan
A monograph forthcoming with Northwestern University Press
2022: 'Form, Elegy, and the Inorganic: Geoffrey Hill, Paul Celan, Ice', in Twentieth-Century Literature 68: 4 (2022)
2021: ''Into without image': Paul Celan reading the moving image', in Modern Language Notes: Comparative Literature Issue, 136: 5 (2021)
2020: 'Saying 'We': George Oppen's and Kant's lyrical 'common sense', Textual Practice 34: 10 (2020), pp. 1751-1768
2020: 'An Historically Conjunctural Phenomenon: a review of Marjorie Levinson's 'Thinking Through Poetry', in New Formations 99 (2020)
Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups
A Voice for Radio
With Amina Abbas-Nazari (RCA), a radio essay/sound collage played at Supernormal Festival, Radiophrenia, and Montreal
Conferences and talks
2019: ''to / climb into the noimage': Paul Celan and the poetics of the moving image', at Screen International, University of Glasgow
2019: 'Lyric Forbearance', at INSL Global Conference on Lyric, Université de Lausanne
2017: 'A Voice for Radio', at Modern Sound Cultures, Queen Mary, University of London
2016: 'Fragmenting Figuration: Celan inside Paris outside Blanchot', at Outside In Poetry Festival, University of Glasgow
2016: 'Saying We: Lyric seriality between Oppen and Celan', at Poetic Measures, University of York
2016: 'No-man's land: the poetics of utopia', at 9th Skepsi Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Kent
2016: 'Paul Celan Disorientated', at Seeking Refuce, King's College London
2015: 'Nearing: Adorno, Celan, Encounter', at 8th Annual Critical Theory Conference in Rome, Rome Center of the Loyola University of Chicago
2014: 'Disembodied Lyric', at Textual Embodiment, Goldsmiths, University of London
Grants and awards
AHRC PhD Studentship
I was awarded a studentship to undertake my PhD at Queen Mary by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.