Biography

I joined UEA in 2012, after three years teaching at Université Paris VII – Denis Diderot. My main interests are in philosophical poetics, and in particular in the ways that philosophical thinking can inform our understanding of poetry as an art medium. I completed my PhD at Cambridge, on Poetry and Poetics in the work of Martin Heidegger. This has now been revised as Sounding/Silence: Martin Heidegger at the Limits of Poetics (Fordham UP, 2013), and my second monograph, On Voice in Poetry: The Work of Animation appeared in early 2015 with Palgrave Macmillan in their series ‘Language, Discourse, Society’. I am currently working on three projects: These Words take place, a philosophical essay reflecting on the work of WS Graham; a short study on surfaces; and a cultural archaeology of privacy.

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Nowell-Smith, D.

(2016)

In the midst of the suicide of the West, it was clear they didn't stand a chance

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Nowell Smith, D.

(2015)

On Voice in Poetry: The Work of Animation

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Nowell Smith, D.

(2015)

A Salute to Pierre Reverdy

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Nowell Smith, D.

(2014)

Distending the Rhythmic Knot

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Nowell Smith, D.

(2014)

Training the ear, or: On learning to hear the

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Nowell Smith, D.

(2013)

Sounding/Silence: Martin Heidegger at the Limits of Poetics

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Nowell Smith, D.

(2013)

Stéphane Mallarmé and the Ontologization of Poetry

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Nowell Smith, D.

(2013)

I hold it towards you”: Alterity in Lyric Address

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Nowell Smith, D.

(2013)

Sounding/Silence: Martin Heidegger at the Limits of Poetics

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Nowell Smith, D.

(2013)

'An interrupter, a collective': Sean Bonney's Lyric Outrage

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Nowell Smith, D.

(2013)

Editor's Introduction: Scansion

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Nowell Smith, D.

(2012)

Introduction: The Condition of Music

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Nowell Smith, D.

(2012)

Surfaces: Painterly Illusion, Metaphysical Depth

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Nowell Smith, D.

(2012)

Heidegger’s Figures

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Nowell Smith, D.

(2012)

Scaping the Land: The New British Pastoral

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Nowell Smith, D.

(2012)

Vehement Lyric: Political Commitment in the Work of Young British Poets

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Nowell Smith, D.

(2012)

Sounding/Silence

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Nowell Smith, D.

(2012)

The Art of Fugue: Heidegger on Rhythm

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Nowell Smith, D.

(2011)

Introduction: Thinking Verse

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Nowell Smith, D.

(2011)

“These words take place”: W. S. Graham’s “The Nightfishing”

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Key Research Interests

The central concern of my work thus far has been with how ‘philosophical’ thinking can illuminate our understanding of the technical specificity of art media, and in particular the linguistic medium of poetry. I have written on various topics in poetics and continental philosophy, especially the work of Martin Heidegger, on lyric poets including Keats, Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Hopkins, and W. S. Graham, and on contemporary poetry.

Teaching Interests

LDCL4009A-13: Reading Texts

LDCE1F08: Reading Texts II

LDCE3X45: Literature and Philosophy

LDCE2X24: European Literature

LDCE3Y93: Lyric

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • I am editor of the online poetics journal Thinking Verse (www.thinkingverse.com).