Prof Tim Woods BA (Bristol) MA PhD (Southampton)
ILLCA Institute Director
Tim has been the organiser of several conferences at Aberystwyth University, including the the British Association of American Studies 2003 Conference at Aberystwyth. He served as Chair of the Conference Sub-Committee on the BAAS Executive Committee until 2006. He is a member of the Higher Education Academy and he served as a member of Panel 47 (American and Area Studies) for the RAE 2007. He is also on the Peer Review panel for the AHRC. After a term as Head of the Department of English (2002-2007), he is currently Dean of the Faculty of Arts.
Twentieth-Century writing; African literatures in English; Contemporary British and American poetry; modernist and postmodernist writing; and literary theory, especially Marxism and poststructuralism.
Tim's main teaching and research interests are Twentieth-Century writing; African literatures in English; Contemporary British and American poetry; modernist and postmodernist writing; and literary theory, especially Marxism and poststructuralism. He has a particular interest in the relationship of ethics to literature, as well as representations of history and memory in twentieth-century literature. He has supervised research degrees in a range of subjects including Ngugi wa Thiong'o and African fiction, contemporary British Poetry, contemporary American Poetry, Religion and the Metaphysics of Postmodernism, contemporary American Fiction, Emmanuel Levinas, Postmodernism and Nihilism, and Cyberpunk Fiction, and would welcome doctoral applications in any of these areas. He is currently writing a book on post-apartheid South African Literature, and researching American poetry in 1950s and 1960s New England.
"Moving among my particulars": The Negative Dialectics of 'The Maximus Poems'. In (ed) Contemporary Olson. Manchester University Press, Manchester pp. 233-251.2015.
Cid Corman: Editor, Translator, Poet. Paideuma 41 pp. 49-78. Cadair2014.
South African Literature in the time of AIDS. Journal of Commonwealth Literature 48 (2) pp. 305-324. 10.1177/00219894124730982013.
Academic Magazines: "The Morningside" (1815-1932); "Yale Review" (1819-); "The Columbia review" (1932-); "The Wake" (1944-6, 1948-53); "Chicago Review" (1946-); "The Georgia Review" (1947-); "Epoch" (1947-); "The Beloit Poetry Journal" (1950-); "TriQuarterly" (1958-); and "The Big Table" (1959-1960). In (eds) The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines. Volume II, North America 1894-1960. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK pp. 945-58.2012.
Black Mountain and Associates: "Origin" (1951-2007) and "The Black Mountain Review" (1954-7). In (eds) The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines. Volume II, North America 1894-1960. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK pp. 966-82.2012.
Human Rights, Human Wrongs: literatures of captivity. Textual Practice 26 (5) pp. 829-850. 10.1080/0950236X.2012.7302752012.
A Complex Legacy: Modernity's Uneasy Discourse of Ethics and Responsibility. In (ed) The Legacies of Modernism: Historicising Postwar and Contemporary Fiction. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK pp. 153-169.2011.
George Oppen and the Public Sphere. Journal of American Studies 45 (3) pp. 443-462. 10.1017/S00218758100017262011.
Beginning Postmodernism. 2ndth edn, Manchester University Press, Manchester2010.
Modernism and African Literature. In (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK pp. 926-941.2010.
African Pasts: Memory and History in African Literatures. Manchester University Press Cadair2007.
'Preferring the wrong way': Mapping the Ethical Diversity of US Twentieth-Century Poetry. The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Culture. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK pp. 450-468. Cadair2006.
Reading Urban Spaces in African Texts. In (ed) Urban Space and Cityscapes: Perspectives from Modern and Contemporary Culture . Questioning Cities Taylor & Francis, London pp. 101-111.2006.
Zukofsky at Columbia. Jacket Magazine2006.
Memory, geography, identity: African Writing and Modernity. In (eds) Geographies of Modernism: Literatures, Cultures, Spaces. Taylor & Francis pp. 126-135.2005.
Art tracking music: Louis Zukofsky's Po/Ethics of Music. Poetry and Music. , Liege pp. 121-138.2003.
Literature and History. In (eds) Historians and the Practices of History. Taylor & Francis, London pp. 162-173.2003.
Re-Enchanting the City: Sites and Non-Sites in Urban Fiction. In (eds) Cities on the Margin/On the Margin of Cities: Representations of Urban Space in Contemporary Irish and British Fiction. Presses Universitaires de Franche-Comté, France pp. 63-80.2003.
Who's Who of Twentieth-Century Novelists. Who's Who Taylor & Francis, London2001.
Literatures of Memory: Time, Space and History in Postwar Writing. Illustratedth edn, Manchester University Press2000.
Ethics and Textuality. In (eds) Critical Ethics: Text, Theory and Responsibility. Springer Nature, Basingstoke pp. 1-19.1999.
Literature and the Return to Ethics. In (eds) The Ethics in Literature. Springer Nature, Basingstoke pp. 1-14.1999.
Spectres of History: Ethics and Postmodern Fictions of Temporality. In (eds) Critical Ethics: Text, Theory and Responsibility. Springer Nature, Basingstoke pp. 105-121.1999.
The Ethics in Literature. Springer Nature, Basingstoke1999.
Treacherous Assault to Prolonged Siege: Directions in Contemporary British Poetry Since 1975. In (ed) Poetry now: Contemporary British and Irish Poetry in the Making. Studies in English and comparative literature Taylor & Francis, Tubingen pp. 19-30.1999.
"I'm telling you stories": Jeanette Winterson and the Politics of Reading. Brill, Amsterdam & Atlanta, GA1998.
"Thought, itself, ruptured": The Spiritual Materialist Poetics of David Miller. The Poet's Voice 4 (2) pp. 95-113.1998.
Critical Ethics: Text, Theory and Responsibility. 1st edn, Springer Nature, Basingstoke1998.
Grand (Dis)Unified Theories?: Dislocated Discourses in Gut Symmetries. In (eds) 'I'm telling you stories': Jeanette Winterson and the Politics of Reading. Postmodern Studies, vol. 25 Brill, Amsterdam & Atlanta, GA pp. 117-126.1998.
Reading Jeanette Winterson Writing. 'I'm telling you stories': Jeanette Winterson and the Politics of Reading. Postmodern Studies, vol. 25 Brill, Amsterdam & Atlanta, GA pp. 1-11.1998.
Alan Halsey: Shadow Recension. Pages No vol. no. (397-420) pp. 418-419.1996.
Allen Fisher's Place Project and the 'Spatial Turn'. Parataxis 8 pp. 39-46.1996.
The Ethical Subject: The Philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas. In (ed) Ethics and the Subject . Critical Studies, vol. 8 Brill, Amsterdam pp. 53-60.1996.
'Looking for signs in the sky': Urban Space and the Postmodern in Paul Auster's In The Country of Last Things. In (ed) Beyond the Red Notebook: Essays on Paul Auster. Penn Studies in Contemporary American Fiction University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia pp. 107-128.1995.
The Music of Chance: Aleatorical (Dis)harmonies Within 'The City of the World'. In (ed) Beyond the Red Notebook: Essays on Paul Auster. Penn Studies in Contemporary American Fiction University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia pp. 143-161.1995.
Louis Zukofsky and Theodor Adorno: The 'Negative Dialectics' of Zukofsky's 'A'. Parataxis 3 pp. 40-66.1993.
'Liquid Letters': Alan Halsey's 'Five Years Out'. Fragmente 3 pp. 64-69.1991.