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Professor Daniel Katz

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Email: d dot katz at warwick dot ac dot uk

Faculty of Arts Building, 5.36
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL


Professor Daniel Katz teaches on the English and Comparative Literary Studies program. His research mostly focuses on modernism and its aftermath extending to the present day, with a special interest in poetry and poetics. His edition of Jack Spicer's uncollected poetry and plays —Be Brave To Things: The Uncollected Poetry and Plays of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan UP, 2021)— has just been published, following his critical study, The Poetry of Jack Spicer (Edinburgh UP, 2013). Recent and forthcoming articles and chapters include pieces on Samuel Beckett's poetry, William Carlos Williams, Ben LernerLink opens in a new window, Peter Gizzi, Robert Duncan and Gertrude Stein, and an article on "Sublimation and Symptom" for "The Bloomsbury Handbook on Literature and Psychoanalysis" (forthcoming, 2023). He has been an Executive Board member of the Samuel Beckett Society, and co-director of Warwick's Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature and the Arts. Founding Editor of the book series "Bloomsbury Studies in Critical Poetics", Daniel is currently at work on a new monograph to appear with Oxford University Press: "The Big Lie of the Personal: Poetry, Politics, and the Lyric Subject," which will examine poets such as Yeats, Neruda, Aragon, Bob Kaufman, Robert Duncan, and Denise Riley, as well as others who have come to prominence in the 21st century. He welcomes applications from potential doctoral students in modernism (especially Beckett and Pound) and contemporary avant-gardes, American poetry, twentieth and twenty-first century poetry and poetics, critical theory (particularly psychoanalysis, translation and multilingualism, and post-Derridean thought), and his other areas of expertise, and looks favourably on comparatist problematics and work across languages (especially French, Spanish, and Italian) or national literatures.

Research interests

Modernism, the avant-garde, and post-modernism; psychoanalysis, philosophy, and critical theory; transatlantic literary studies; translation and multilingualism; poetry and poetics; the lyric subject, and autobiographical constructions.

Teaching and supervision

My BA options include:

My MA options include:

PhD Supervisions

Andrea Selleri, "The Author as Critical Category: 1850-1900" (completed 2013, Chancellor's Scholarship).

Alireza Fakhrkonandeh, "Howard Barker's Theatre of Aporias: From the Phenomenological Body to the Ontology of the Flesh" (completed 2015). Co-supervision with Tony Howard.

Joseph Shafer, "Resistances in Bodily Form: New American Poetry and D. H. Lawrence" (completed 2017).

Tania Ganitsky, "Unworking Poetics: A Dialogue between Emily Dickinson, Paul Celan, Maurice Blanchot, and Jean-Luc Nancy" (2018). Co-supervision with Miguel Beistegui.

Martin Schauss, "Like a Thing Forsaken: Beckett, Sebald, and the Politics of Materiality" (completed 2019, CADRE Scholarship). Co-supervision with Nick Lawrence.

Leo Bazzurro, "Poetics of Assemblage: The Experimental Poetry of Juan Luis Martínez." Co-supervision with Miguel Beistegui (completed 2021).

Mantra Mukim, "Lyric Failure: Samuel Beckett and Poetic Form" (in progress, Chancellor's Scholarship).

Ian Tan, "Poetry as appropriative proximity: Wallace Stevens, Martin Heidegger and the language of Being" (completed 2021).

Tabina Iqbal, "Samuel Beckett, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and the I" (in progress, Midlands Four Cities Scholarship), co-supervision with Daniele Lorenzini.

Selected publications


  • BA (Reed College)
  • PhD (Stanford University)

Office hours

2023-24 (FAB 5-36, but remote appointments available when necessary)

Monday: 14.30-15.30; Tuesday: 13.00-14.00; and by appointment.