Biography

Nick Selby is Professor of American Literature in the School of Art, Media and American Studies. He is Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and Chairs the University’s North America Dialogue Group.  

Nick has a wide range of research interests, with poetry of the twentieth century at the core of his research. As well as focusing on American experimental poetry, avant-gardism and the issue of what constitutes an American poetics, his current interests also include transatlantic connections in British experimental poetry, ecocriticism, and theories of the ethics and politics of close-reading. Nick’s most recent book, Poetics of Loss in The Cantos of Ezra Pound was published in 2005. He has published three other books, on Herman Melville, T. S. Eliot and Walt Whitman, as well as numerous essays on topics concerned with American literature and culture. 

Nick is happy to consider dissertation proposals in his main research areas. 

Nick was Editor of the journal Comparative American Studies, 2008-2018.

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