Professor Peter Barry
Phone: +44 (0)1970 622538
Main teaching interests are in twentieth and twenty first century literature (especially modern and contemporary poetry) and literary theory, with additional interests in Romanticism and the short story.
He is also interested in the theory and practice of teaching English literature and literary theory: sample article ‘Tackling Textuality – with Theory’
Peter's main research interests are in twentieth and twenty first century literature (especially modern and contemporary poetry) and literary theory, with additional interests in Romanticism and the short story.
He is also interested in the theory and practice of teaching English literature and literary theory: for a sample article ‘Tackling Textuality – with Theory’ click here.
- Elected Fellow of the English Association, 2004
- Reviews and poetry editor of English, the journal of the English Association, for twenty years, from 1987 to 2007
- Member of the Fellowship Committee of the English Association
- Advisory Board member for the Liverpool University Press series ‘Poetry &’, on contemporary poetry.
- Editorial Board member for the journal ABC, American, British and Canadian Studies (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
- Editorial Board member of the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry
- Member of the Higher Education Academy
- Series editor of 'Beginnings', a spin-off series from Beginning Theory, published by Manchester University Press. These are books for BA and MA students on aspects of literary theory and related matters. Titles so far published include Beginning Postmodernism (Tim Woods, 1999, 2nd edition, 2011), Beginning Postcolonialism (John McLeod, 2000, 2nd edition 2010), Beginning Ethnic American Fictions (Maria Lauret, Martin Padgett, Helena Grice, 2001), Beginning Shakespeare (Lisa Hopkins, 2005). Beginning Film Studies (Andrew Dix, 2008), Beginning Realism (Steven Earnshaw, 2010), Beginning Modernism (Jeff Wallace, 2011).
Just Looking. In Z. Skoulding, I. Davidson (eds), Placing Poetry. Brill Publishers pp. 17 - 40.2013.
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. 33-48.2013.
Reading Poetry. Manchester University Press, Manchester2013.
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. 180-200.2011.
Writers as Readers, Readers as Writers: 'Focal-Plane' Activities in Creative Writing Practice. In R. Turley (ed), The Writer in the Academy: Creative Interfrictions. Boydell & Brewer pp. 71-91.2011.
Contemporary British Modernisms. In N. Marsh, P. Middleton (eds), Teaching Modernist Poetry. Teaching the New English Palgrave Macmillan pp. 94-115.2010.
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. 1468-1494.2010.
Poetry wars: British poetry of the 1970s and the Battle of Earls Court. Salt Studies in Contemporary Poetry Salt Publishing Cadair2006.
English in Practice: In Pursuit of English Studies. Hodder Education Cadair2003.
Contemporary Poetry and Ekphrasis. Cambridge Quarterly 31 (2) pp. 155-165. 10.1093/camqtly/31.2.1552002.