Academic Background

I studied literature at the University of Nottingham where I became interested in the relationship between literary studies, cultural geography and environmental criticism. I completed a PhD at the University of Exeter looking at the emergence of the New Nature Writing as a cultural phenomenon with roots in the environmental movement of the 1970s. This work led to my first academic book The New Nature Writing: Rethinking the Literature of Place. I then undertook a British Academy postdoctoral research fellowship concerned with the network of authors, artists and activists associated with the arts and environmental charity Common Ground drawing on their extensive archive now held by Special Collections in Exeter.

My interests remain at the intersection of literary studies, cultural geography and environmental criticism but they also now take in contemporary literature, post-war British and Irish poetry, critical heritage studies, land art, the Anthropocene, literary geographies and archipelagic criticism. With respect to the latter of these, I am on the advisory board of the Atlantic Archipelagos Research Consortium and have co-edited with Nicholas Allen and Nick Groom the volume of essays Coastal Works: Cultures of the Atlantic Edge.

I continue to work closely with the arts and environmental charity Common Ground concocting new and imaginative ways to promote and celebrate diverse cultures of local distinctiveness as they continue to unfold across the UK.

I also write poetry and a first collection, Subterranea, was published by Arc Publications in 2016. This was followed in 2017 by the pamphlet Sun with Guillemot Press.

All Publications

Allen, N. (ed.), Groom, N. (ed.), Smith, J. (ed.)

(2017)

Coastal Works: Cultures of the Atlantic Edge,

Oxford: Oxford University Press

ISBN 9780198795155

Full Text

(Anthology)

(Published)


Smith, J.

(2017)

Fugitive Allegiances: the Good Ship Archipelago and the Atlantic Edge,

in Coastal Works : Cultures of the Atlantic Edge.

Oxford: Oxford University Press

ISBN 9780198795155

Full Text UEA Repository

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Smith, J.

(2017)

The New Nature Writing: Rethinking the Literature of Place,

Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN 9781474275019

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(Book)

(Published)


Smith, J.

(2017)

Sun,

Guillemot Press

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Smith, J. (ed.), Thompson, L. (ed.)

(2016)

Tree Tales – A Celebration of Exeter’s Trees,

Common Ground

ISBN 9781908213532

Full Text

(Anthology)

(Published)


Smith, J.

(2016)

White Thresholds, Fugitive Space: W.S. Graham's Coastal Vision,

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Smith, J.

(2016)

Subterranea,

Arc Publications

ISBN 9781910345702, 9781910345719

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Smith, J.

(2016)

Common Ground: Insurgence, Imagination and Intangible Cultural Heritage,

in The Routledge Companion to Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Routledge

ISBN 9781138860551

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Smith, J.

(2015)

Anticipating Deep Mapping: Tracing the Spatial Practice of Tim Robinson,

in Humanities

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(3)

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Smith, J.

(2015)

‘Lithogenesis': Towards a (Geo)Poetics of Place,

in Literary Geographies

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(1)

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Smith, J.

(2014)

‘The Umbrage of Green Shade’: Kelvin Corcoran and the Landscape Beyond the Landscape,

in 'The Writing Occurs as Song': A Kelvin Corcoran Reader.

Shearsman Books

pp. 59-73

ISBN 9781848613201

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Smith, J.

(2013)

An archipelagic literature: re-framing ‘The New Nature Writing’,

in Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism

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