Prof Peter Barry

Prof Peter Barry

Emeritus Professor

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Professor Peter Barry has been at Aberystwyth University in Wales since 1995 and is now Emeritus Professor of English. He edited English (the journal of the English Association), for twenty years, and remains an active member of the Aberystwyth Poetry Workshop. Over the past few years he has published poems in Poetry Wales, New Welsh Review, and Stand, and a sequence of twelve poems about life at Upholland in the anthology Kaleidoscope from Cinnamon Press.

His best-known book is Beginning Theory which has sold over 300,000 copies and has been translated into Korean, Ukrainian, Hebrew, Greek, Japanese, and Chinese (plus at least two pirated editions).

For further information, see [Peter's personal website]( "Peter Barry's Website").




Barry, P.T. 2013. Just Looking. In Z. Skoulding., I. Davidson. (eds) Placing Poetry. Brill pp. 17 - 40.

Barry, P. 2013. Mapping the geographies of hurt in Barry MacSweeney and S. J. Litherland. In N. Alexander., D. Cooper. (eds) Poetry and Geography: Space and Place in Post-War Poetry. Poetry & Liverpool University Press, Liverpool pp. 33-48.

Barry, P. 2013. Reading Poetry. Manchester University Press, Manchester


Barry, P. 2011. London in Poetry Since 1900. In L. Manley. (ed) The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of London. Cambridge Companions to Literature Cambridge University Press pp. 180-200.

Barry, P. 2011. Writers as Readers, Readers as Writers: 'Focal-Plane' Activities in Creative Writing Practice. In R. M. Turley. (ed) The Writer in the Academy: Creative Interfrictions. Boydell & Brewer pp. 71-91.


Barry, P. 2010. Contemporary British Modernisms. In N. Marsh., P. Middleton. (eds) Teaching Modernist Poetry. Teaching the New English Springer Nature pp. 94-115.

Barry, P.T. 2010. Contemporary poetries in English, c. 1980 to the present: The Radical Tradition. In M. O'Neill. (ed) Cambridge History of English Poetry. Cambridge University Press pp. 1468-1494.


Barry, P. 2007. 'You can get it from the street': The Prose Style of Iain Sinclair. In R. Bond., J. Bavidge. (eds) City Visions: The Work of Iain Sinclair. Cambridge Scholars Publishing pp. 44-55. Cadair Other

Barry, P. 2007. Literature in Contexts. Manchester University Press Cadair Other


Barry, P. 2006. Poetry wars: British poetry of the 1970s and the Battle of Earls Court. Salt Studies in Contemporary Poetry Salt Publishing Cadair


Barry, P. 2003. English in Practice: In Pursuit of English Studies. Hodder Education Cadair


Barry, P. 2002. Contemporary Poetry and Ekphrasis. Cambridge Quarterly 31 (2) pp. 155-165.