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Professor Daniel Katz

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Email: d dot katz at warwick dot ac dot uk

H5.31 Humanities Building, University Road
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 latest book is The Poetry of Jack Spicer (Edinburgh UP, 2013) and recent articles and chapters include "Translation and the American modernist novel " in The Cambridge Companion to the American Modernist Novel, and "Jack Spicer" in The Cambridge Companion to American Poetry, along with pieces on Samuel Beckett, Ezra Pound, Charles Olson, William Carlos Williams, Ben Lerner, Peter Gizzi, and Robert Duncan. 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. He is the Founding Editor of the book series "Bloomsbury Studies in Critical Poetics" and is currently at work editing Be Brave To Things: The Uncollected Poetry and Plays of Jack Spicer (forthcoming 2021, Wesleyan UP) and writing a new monograph to appear with Oxford University Press: "The Big Lie of the Personal: Poetry, Politics, and the Lyric Subject." Daniel 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).

Selected publications


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

Office hours

2020-21 (remote unless otherwise indicated)

Monday: 15.00-16.00; Tuesday: 16.00-17.00; and by appointment.