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 British, Irish, and American 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, and in the adaptation of religious modes of thinking and writing in post-Romantic poetry. I have published on a range of twentieth-century poets (and occasionally even on a novelist).

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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