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

––• “Canto 106”, forthcoming in Glossator, special issue: Ezra Pound’s Thrones, ed. Alex Howard (2017).

• “Inhuman Words: Philology, Modernism, Poetry”, Modernism/modernity, special issue on 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.

–• “W. B. Yeats, Maurice Maeterlinck, and Old Blind Men”, Yeats Eliot Review 19.4 (December 2002): 9-24.


Book Chapters

––• “Canto 17”, forthcoming in Richard Parker, ed., Reading the Cantos, vol. 1 (Clemson University Press, 2017).

–• “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, 2017).

• “Body and Soul: Modernism, Metaphysics, Rhyme”, in Helen Groth, Penelope Hone, and Julian Murphet, eds, Sounding Modernism (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”, invited essay, 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 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 the Honours Convenor for the School of the Arts and Media.

I am interested in supervising Honours, Masters, and PhD theses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century poetry and in modernist literature, broadly conceived. Writers of particular interest include Samuel Beckett, Basil Bunting, T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, Mina Loy, Marianne Moore, Flann O'Brien, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, and W. B. Yeats.

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, Ashgate, Bloomsbury, and Open Humanities Press) and journals (including PaideumaIrish Studies Review, and Religion and Literature).

I assess ARC grant applications each year.

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