Sean Pryor

Senior Lecturer

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 literary 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.

Subject areas

Publications

Books
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Pryor S, 2017, Poetry, Modernism, and an Imperfect World, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
2017
Pryor S, 2011, W. B. Yeats, Ezra Pound and the Poetry of Paradise, Original, Ashgate, Farnham, https://www.routledge.com/products/9781409406600
2011
Book Chapters
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Pryor S, 2019, 'The Relation Between Poetry and Poems Is Political, Sometimes', in , Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 37 - 52, https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030171551#aboutBook
2019
Pryor S; Pestell A, 2018, 'A to Z of Key Terms', in Maude U; Nixon M (ed.), The Bloomsbury Companion to Modernist Literature, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, pp. 417 - 468, https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-bloomsbury-companion-to-modernist-literature-9781780936413/
2018
Pryor S, 2018, 'Canto 17', in Parker R (ed.), Readings in the Cantos, Clemson University Press, pp. 155 - 164, http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/j.ctt1ps31zp.17
2018
Pryor SB, 2017, 'Body and Soul: Modernism, Metaphysics, Rhyme', in Sounding Modernism Rhythm and Sonic Mediation in Modern Literature and Film, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 149 - 163
2017
Pryor SB, 2016, 'Modernist Measure: Poetry and Calculation', in Pryor SB; Trotter D (ed.), Writing, Medium, Machine: Modern Technographies, edn. Technographies, Open Humanities Press, London, pp. 166 - 177, http://www.openhumanitiespress.org/books/titles/writing-medium-machine/
2016
Pryor SB, 2015, 'Some Thoughts on Refrigeration [on Ezra Pound and Keston Sutherland]', in Parker R (ed.), News from Afar: Ezra Pound and Some Contemporary British Poetries, Shearsman Books, pp. 273 - 280, http://www.shearsman.com/ws-shop/category/796-books/product/4789-richard-parker---news-from-afar-ezra-pound-and-some-contemporary-british-poetries
2015
Pryor SB, 2014, 'Late W. B. Yeats', in Oxford Handbooks Online, Oxford University Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935338.013.98
2014
Pryor S, 2014, 'Making Evil, with Flann O'Brien', in Murphet ; McDonald ; Morrell (ed.), Flann O'Brien and Modernism, edn. 1st, Bloomsbury, London, UK, pp. 11 - 26, http://www.bloomsbury.com/au/flann-obrien-modernism-9781623568757/
2014
Pryor S, 2013, 'The Trust and the Mistrust: Ezra Pound in Italy', in Attridge J; Rosenquist R (ed.), Incredible Modernism: Literature, Trust and Deception, edn. 2013, Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 163 - 179, http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409439547
2013
Pryor S, 2012, 'McCarthy's rhythm', in Murphet J; Steven M (ed.), Styles of Extinction: Cormac McCarthy's The Road, edn. Original, Continuum, New York, pp. 27 - 44
2012
Pryor S, 2010, 'Anne Stevenson and the Poetry of Place', in Leighton A (ed.), Voyages Over Voices: Critical Essays on Anne Stevenson, edn. Original, Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, pp. 125 - 150
2010
Pryor S, 2007, 'Iconicity and the Divine in the Fin de Siècle Poetry of W. B. Yeats', in Tabakowska E; Ljungberg C; Fischer O (ed.), Insistent Images (Iconicity in Language and Literature), edn. Original, John Benjamins Publishing Co, Amsterdam, pp. 91 - 102
2007
Pryor S, 2007, '‘Reported to me from Sydney, Australia’: Reading Eliot Down Under and in the Mother Country', in Däumer E; Bagchee S (ed.), The International Reception of T. S. Eliot, edn. Original, Continuum, London, pp. 284 - 291
2007
Journal articles
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Pryor S, 2019, 'A poetics of occasion in Hope Mirrlees's Paris', Critical Quarterly, vol. 61, pp. 37 - 53, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/criq.12452
2019
Etherington B; Pryor S, 2019, 'Historical poetics and the problem of exemplarity', Critical Quarterly, vol. 61, pp. 3 - 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/criq.12450
2019
Pryor S, 2018, 'So Slow: Canto CVI', Glossator, vol. 10, pp. 287 - 307, https://solutioperfecta.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/g10-106-pryor.pdf
2018
Pryor S, 2018, 'Yeats and Futurity', Essays in Criticism, vol. 68, pp. 327 - 348, https://academic.oup.com/eic/article/68/3/327/5050219?guestAccessKey=5eec2426-74c3-4a09-a980-1fc2c470d04f
2018
Pryor SB, 2016, 'Inhuman Words: Philology, Modernism, Poetry', Modernism/Modernity, vol. 23, pp. 555 - 571, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/mod.2016.0051
2016
Pryor SB, 2015, 'Stevenson among the Balladeers', Victorian Studies, vol. 57, pp. 33 - 56, http://dx.doi.org/10.2979/victorianstudies.57.1.33
2015
Pryor SB, 2013, 'Satyriast's Beatitudes: John Rodker's Hymns', Texas Studies in Literature and Language, vol. 55, pp. 473 - 492, http://dx.doi.org/10.7560/TSLL55406
2013
Pryor S, 2012, 'Poetry and Decision: F. T. Prince in September 1938', Review of English Studies, vol. 63, pp. 818 - 840, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/res/hgs001
2012
Pryor S, 2011, 'Happiness and Happening in Harmonium', Wallace Stevens Journal, vol. 35, pp. 174 - 187, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/wsj.2011.0032
2011
Pryor S, 2010, 'Particularly Dangerous Feats: The Difficult Reader of the Difficult Late Cantos', PAIDEUMA - Studies in American and British Modernist Poetry, vol. 36, pp. 27 - 45
2010
Pryor S, 2010, '"How Will You Know?": Paradise, Painting, and the Writing of Ezra Pound's Canto 3', PAIDEUMA - Studies in American and British Modernist Poetry, vol. 37, pp. 267 - 292
2010