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Dr Nick Lawrence

Profile pictureAssociate Professor

Email: n dot lawrence at warwick dot ac dot uk

Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL


My research and teaching interests include American literature and culture from the nineteenth century to the present, especially within a world-ecological frame; Marxism, the Frankfurt School and theories of degrowth; modernism/modernity, world-literature and the Anthropocene; and contemporary avant-garde poetry and poetics.

Research interests

My interests lie in the materialist recasting of comparativist methodology in order to explore the origins of modernism in the C19 world-literary system, its development in the C20 moment of ‘three-worlds’ culture, and its recurrent crises in the wake of the postwar Long Boom. In contrast to most work in world-literary studies, I give special emphasis to poetry as a privileged medium for construing the challenges of global consciousness, primarily in poetry’s manifestation as entailing a specific form of address. These interests are reflected in three current studies: World Literature and the Origins of Modernism, which attempts to map the emergence of a C19 global imaginary in poetry through studies of Whitman, Baudelaire, Martí and others; The Non-Aligned: Post-Bandung Poetics, a comparative examination of international poetic relations in the 1950s aftermath of the Non-Aligned Movement; and Post-Capitalist Aesthetics, a preliminary survey of cultural prefigurations of a world order beyond the present era of neoliberal capitalism. Articles on Whitman, Hawthorne, Frank O'Hara, C21 graphic narrative, the history of the Frankfurt School and post-work and ambient aesthetics.

Teaching and supervision

I teach on the BA/MA programmes in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies. In addition to those listed above right, I lecture on the following modules:

My postgraduate research supervisions include the following:

  • Elizabeth Smith (PhD, expected 2025), The “Environmental Uncanny”: Unsettling the Multispecies Encounter in Contemporary Environmental Poetry (co-supervised with Jonathan Skinner)
  • Paul Vernell (PhD, expected 2025), The Poetics of Combined and Uneven Development: Explorations of Time, Space and Alienation in Modernist Poetry
  • Sam Weselowski (PhD, expected 2023), The Poetics of Scale: Vancouver & American Poetry
    Writing Against Capital (co-supervised with Myka Tucker-Abramson and Jonathan Skinner)
  • Demet Intepe (PhD, 2020), Environmental Justice and Writers as Activists in Multi-Ethnic North American Literatures, Film, and Theater (co-supervised with Pablo Mukherjee)
  • Martin Schauss (PhD, 2019), Like a Thing Forsaken: Beckett, Sebald and the Politics of Materiality (co-supervised with Dan Katz)
  • Justin Neville Kaushall (PhD, 2018), The Historical Negation of Aesthetic Categories: Adorno’s Inheritance of Kant’s Critique of Judgment (co-supervised with Diarmuid Costello)
  • George Ttoouli (PhD, 2017), Twentieth Century US Ecopoetics and Serial Poetic Form
  • Nesrin Degirmencioglu (PhD, 2013), Uneven Cities: The Dialectic of Urban Modernity and Literary Form in Dos Passos, Tanpınar, Auster and Pamuk (co-supervised with Maureen Freely)
  • William Clarke (PhD, 2009), Perturbed Realism: The Social Novel and Fictitious Capital (co-supervised with Neil Lazarus)

I welcome supervisions in the areas listed under my research interests, above.

Selected publications

  • Co-author, with the Warwick Research Collective, "Collectivity and Crisis in the Long Twentieth Century," MLQ: A Journal of Literary History 84.4 (December 2020): 465-489
  • "Post-Capitalist Futures: A Report on Imagination." Ethical Futures and Global Science Fiction, ed. Zachary Kendal, Aisling Smith, Giulia Champion and Andrew Milner (Palgrave, 2020)
  • "Everyday Dissent: Colonised Lifeworlds in Twentieth Century Poetry." World Literature and Dissent, ed. Lorna Burns and Katie Muth (Routledge, 2019)
  • Co-author, with the Warwick Research Collective, Combined and Uneven Development: Towards a New Theory of World-Literature (Liverpool UP, 2015)
  • How to Read Adorno and Horkheimer's Dialectic of Enlightenment (Pluto Press, forthcoming)
  • "General Introduction." The Collected Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne (Cambridge Scholars Press, forthcoming)
  • Co-editor, with Marta Werner, Ordinary Mysteries: The Common Journal of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne (American Philosophical Society, 2006)
  • "Frank O’Hara in New York: Race Relations, Poetic Situations, Postcolonial Space” (Comparative American Studies 4.1, 2006)
  • Co-editor, with Kristin Dykstra, North American Language Poetries, 1965–2000 (Havana: Casa de Letras, 2005)
  • Editor, special feature on Language poet Bruce Andrews, Jacket 22 (
  • "World Echoes: Caribbeanness as Method" (Xcp: Cross-Cultural Poetics 12, 2003)

Professional associations

Office hours

Tuesday 2-3pm and Thursday 2-3pm (FAB5.15), or by appointment