Tel: ext. 23309
Email: n dot lawrence at warwick dot ac dot uk
Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
My research and teaching focus includes American literature and culture from the nineteenth century to the present, especially within an international context; Hawthorne and Whitman; Marxism, the Frankfurt School and critical media theory; C21 literary and graphic culture; modernism and modernity; world-literature and world-ecology; and contemporary avant-garde poetry and poetics.
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; United Nations Literature, a comparative examination of international literary relations in the aftermath of the founding of the UN; and Post-Capitalist Aesthetics, a preliminary survey of the 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. My modules include:
- Literature, Environment, Ecology
- Modern World Literatures
- States of Damage: C21 US Writing and Culture
- EN9B5 World Literature in the Anthropocene
I have supervised postgraduate work on environmental justice activism in ethnic minority American writing; on the city novel in modern American and Turkish fiction (Dos Passos, Tanpinar, Auster, Pamuk); on fictitious capital and Thomas Pynchon's 'perturbed realism'; on modernist serial poetry and eco-praxis, from Niedecker to Howe; and on Adorno's aesthetics. I welcome supervisions in the areas listed under my research interests, above.
- 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 (jacketmagazine.com/22/)
- "World Echoes: Caribbeanness as Method" (Xcp: Cross-Cultural Poetics 12, 2003)