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 is Editor of the journal Comparative American Studies and is happy to receive submissions for consideration in this journal. For submission details click here

All Publications

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Selby, N.

(2017)

Editorial,

in Comparative American Studies

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pp. 1-3

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Selby, N.

(2016)

Review of David Herd, ed., Contemporary Olson (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015),

in Journal of American Studies

50

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article no. E10

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Selby, N.

(2015)

'Answering "Each in His Nature": Some Ways out of The Cantos',

in Exorcising Modernism.

SWPS

pp. 142-185

ISBN 978-83-62609-48-2

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Selby, N.

(2015)

The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley. Rod Smith, Peter Baker, and Kaplan Harris, ed. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, 2014. h/bk 467 pp. ISBN 978-0-520-24160-2. Price £44.95,

in Journal of American Studies of Turkey

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pp. 276-278

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Selby, N.

(2015)

Editorial,

in Comparative American Studies

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pp. 127-128

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Selby, N.

(2014)

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in Comparative American Studies

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pp. 247-248

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Selby, N.

(2014)

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in Comparative American Studies

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pp. 157-158

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Selby, N.

(2013)

Ecopoetries in America,

in The Cambridge Companion to American Poetry since 1945.

Cambridge University Press

ISBN 9780521147958, 9780521766951

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Selby, N.

(2013)

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Selby, N.

(2013)

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Selby, N.

(2012)

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pp. 269-270

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Selby, N.

(2012)

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Selby, N.

(2011)

Editorial,

in Comparative American Studies

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pp. 189-190

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Selby, N.

(2011)

'Transatlantic Influence',

in Negotiations: A Journal of Literary and Cultural Studies

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Selby, N.

(2011)

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Selby, N.

(2010)

Editorial,

in Comparative American Studies

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pp. 245-246

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Selby, N.

(2010)

Editorial,

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pp. 165-167

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Selby, N.

(2010)

Reading England: pastoral, elegy and the politics of place in Ric Caddel and Harriet Tarlo,

in Textual Practice

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Selby, N.

(2010)

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Selby, N.

(2010)

Memory Pieces: collage, memorial and the poetics of intimacy in Joe Brainard, Jasper Johns and Frank O'Hara,

in Frank O'Hara Now: New Essays on the New York Poet.

Liverpool University Press

pp. 229-246

ISBN 9781846312335

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Key Research Interests

American poetry of the twentieth century is at the core of Professor Selby's 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, and theories of the ethics and politics of close-reading.

Forthcoming publications:

‘Riffing on Catullus: Robert Creeley’s poetics of adultery’ in Sheila Murnaghan and Ralph Rosen, eds., Hip Sublime: Beat Writers and the Classical Tradition (Ohio State UP, 2017).

American Poetry since 1900, under contract with Edinburgh University Press (2017)

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Member of AHRC Peer Review College, 2014-
  • Member of AHRC Strategic Reviewer Group, 2014- 
  • Editorial Board, English: The Journal of the Enlgish Association, 2017-
  • Editor, Comparative American Studies, 2008-
  • Editorial Board, Negotiations: An International Journal of Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Editorial Board, Journal of American Studies, 1998-2005
  • Elected to the Committee on Programs and Departments of the American Studies Association, 2011-2014
  • Treasurer, British Association for American Studies, 2000-2005
  • Officer and Executive Committee, British Association for American Studies, 1998-2005
  • Treasurer, Scottish Association for the Study of America, 2002-2007
  • External Examiner, King’s College London, BA programmes in English literature, 2016-2019
  • External Examiner, Oxford Brookes University, MA programmes in English, 2014-2018
  • External Examiner, Goldsmiths, University of London, undergraduate programmes in English and Comparative literature, 2014-2017
  • External Examiner, University of Swansea, undergraduate programmes in American Studies, 2013-2015
  • External Examiner, University of Manchester, undergraduate programmes in American Studies, 2011-2014
  • External Examiner, University of Birmingham, undergraduate programmes in American Studies, 2011-2014
  • External Examiner, University College, Dublin, MA in American Literature, 2009-2012
  • External Examiner, University of Kent’s undergraduate American Studies programmes, 2008-2011