Dr Sean Pryor

Senior Lecturer
BA (Hons 1) USyd. (2000); MPhil USyd. (2003); PhD Cantab. (2007).
School of the Arts & Media


+61 2 9385 7315
Room 213, Robert Webster
Fields: North American Literature, British and Irish Literature

Authored Books

–• Poetry, Modernism, and an Imperfect World, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017).

–• W. B. Yeats, Ezra Pound and the Poetry of Paradise (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011).


Edited Collection

–• Sean Pryor and David Trotter, eds, Writing, Medium, Machine: Modern Technographies (London: Open Humanities Press, 2016). Shortlisted for the 2017 Modernist Studies Association prize for an edition, anthology, or collection.


Journal Articles

––• "Yeats and Futurity"Essays in Criticism 68.3 (July 2018): 327-48.

––• “So Slow: Canto CVI” (PDF), Glossator, special issue: Astern in the Dinghy: Commentaries on Ezra Pound’s Thrones de los Cantares XCVI-CIX, ed. Alexander Howard, 10 (2018): 287-307.

• “Inhuman Words: Philology, Modernism, Poetry”, Modernism/modernity, special issue: Modernist Inhumanisms, ed. Aaron Jaffe, 23.3 (September 2016): 555-571.

–• “Stevenson among the Balladeers”, Victorian Studies 57.1 (Autumn 2014): 33-56.

–• “Satyriast’s Beatitudes: John Rodker’s Hymns”, Texas Studies in Literature and Language 55.4 (Winter 2013): 473-92.

–• “Poetry and Decision: F. T. Prince in September 1938”, Review of English Studies 63.262 (November 2012): 818-840.

–• “Happiness and Happening in Harmonium”, Wallace Stevens Journal 35.2 (Fall 2011): 174-87.

–• “‘How will you know?’: Paradise, Painting, and the Writing of Ezra Pound’s Canto 3”, Paideuma 37 (2010): 267-92.

–• “Particularly Dangerous Feats: The Difficult Reader of the Difficult Late Cantos”, Paideuma 36 (2007-2009): 27-45.


Book Chapters

–• “An A-Z of Modernism”, co-authored with Alex Pestell, forthcoming in Ulrika Maude and Mark Nixon, eds, The Bloomsbury Companion to Modernist Literature (London: Bloomsbury, 2018).

––• “Canto 17”, in Richard Parker, ed., Readings in the Cantos, vol. 1 (Clemson University Press, 2018), 155-64.

• “Body and Soul: Modernism, Metaphysics, Rhyme”, in Helen Groth, Penelope Hone, and Julian Murphet, eds, Sounding Modernism: Rhythm and Sonic Mediation in Modern Literature and Film (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017), 149-63.

–• “Modernist Measure: Poetry and Calculation”, in Sean Pryor and David Trotter, eds, Writing, Medium, Machine: Modern Technographies (London: Open Humanities Press, 2016), pp. 166-77.

–• “Some Notes on Refrigeration” [on Ezra Pound and Keston Sutherland], in Richard Parker, ed., News from Afar: Ezra Pound and Some Contemporary British Poetries (Bristol: Shearsman, 2014), pp. 273-80.

–• “Late W. B. Yeats”, in David Trotter, ed., Oxford Handbooks Online (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/ 9780199935338.013.98.

–• “Making Evil, with Flann O’Brien”, in Rónán McDonald, Sascha Morrell, and Julian Murphet, eds, Flann O’Brien and Modernism (London: Bloomsbury, 2014), pp. 11-26.

–• “The Trust and the Mistrust: Ezra Pound in Italy”, in John Attridge and Rod Rosenquist, eds, Incredible Modernism: Literature, Trust and Deception (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013), pp. 163-79.

–• “McCarthy’s Rhythm”, in Julian Murphet and Mark Steven, eds, Styles of Extinction: Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (London: Continuum, 2012), 27-44.

–• “Anne Stevenson and the Poetry of Place”, in Angela Leighton, ed., Voyages Over Voices: Critical Essays on Anne Stevenson (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2010), 125-50.

–• “‘Reported to me from Sydney, Australia’: Reading Eliot Down Under and in the Mother Country”, in The International Reception of T. S. Eliot, ed. Elisabeth Daumer and Shyamal Bagchee (London: Continuum, 2007), pp. 284-91.

–• “Iconicity and the Divine in the Fin de Siècle Poetry of W. B. Yeats”, in Insistent Images, ed. Elżbieta Tabakowska, Christina Ljungberg, and Olga Fischer (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2007), pp. 91-102.



–• Review of Michael Kindellan, The Late Cantos of Ezra Pound: Composition, Revision, Publication (London: Bloomsbury, 2017), in Modern Philology (14 June 2018).

–• Review of A. J. Carruthers, Notational Experiments in North American Long Poems, 1961-2011: Stave Sightings (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), in Affirmations: of the modern 5.1 (December 2017): 174-80.

–• Review of Will May, ed., Reading F. T. Prince (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2017), in Review of English Studies 68.287 (November 2017): 1029-1031.

–• Review of Jonathan Culler, Theory of the Lyric (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015), in Affirmations: of the modern 3.1 (Autumn 2015): 149-55.

–• Review of David Ten Eyck, Ezra Pound’s Adams Cantos (London: Bloomsbury, 2012), in Modernism/modernity 20.3 (September 2013): 615-17.


I teach into ARTS2033 Poetry and Poetics; ARTS3049 Literary Animals, Monsters, and Machines; and ARTS1032 The Literature Laboratory. I occasionally contribute lectures to other courses in English.

I am interested in supervising Honours, Masters, and PhD theses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century poetry and in modernist literature, broadly conceived.

PhD Supervisions

Christopher Oakey, "Philosophical Poetry in a Time of Crisis: Reading Post-War American Poetry in Relation to Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy" (2017)

Masters by Research Supervisions

Kristin Grogan, "Strange Rhythms: Experimental Lyric Poetry in Late Modernism" (2014)

Christopher Oakey, "Vision, Affect and Knowledge in the Poetry of Hilda Doolittle and William Carlos Williams" (2012)

Professional contribution

I am co-editor of Affirmations: of the modern.

I peer-review work for numerous presses (including Cambridge University Press, Bloomsbury, and Open Humanities Press) and journals (including PaideumaIrish Studies Review, and Religion and Literature).

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