Dr Sean Pryor

Senior Lecturer

BA (Hons 1) USyd. (2000); MPhil USyd. (2003); PhD Cantab. (2007).

School of the Arts & Media


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213 Robert Webster
Fields: North American Literature, British and Irish Literature

BA (Hons 1) USyd. (2000); MPhil USyd. (2003); PhD Cantab. (2007)

I work primarily on nineteenth- and twentieth-century poetry, with a particular focus on modernism. I have special interests in the intersection of philosophy and poetics, in the history and theory of versification, in modernism's cultures of publication and circulation, and in the adaptation of religious modes of thinking and writing in post-Romantic poetry. Very occasionally I even write about a novel.

I am interested in supervising research in nineteenth- and twentieth-century poetry and in modernism, broadly conceived.


Teaching and Supervision

I teach ARTS2033 Poetry and Poetics andARTS2034 Shakespearean Drama.Occasionally I contribute lectures to, or take seminars in, 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

Tanya Thaweeskulchai, "Expressing Bodily Experience: Virginia Woolf'sMrs DallowayandThe Waves" (2018), together with the poetry collections A Salivating Monstrous Plant(Cordite, 2017) andAshes and Fire in the House of Portraits(2018).

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)

Engagement and Professional contributions

I am co-editor ofAffirmations: of the modern.

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

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