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Dr Samuel Solomon

Post:Lecturer in Creative and Critical Writing (English)
Other posts:Lecturer In Creative And Critical Writing (Centre for Creative and Critical Thought)
Location:ARTS B Room 270

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 877340
International:+44 1273 877340

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I received my Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California (2012) and taught subsequently at Occidental College, both in Los Angeles. My research is broadly in twentieth century and contemporary literature (poetry and cross-genre writing especially) as it relates to radical social movements.

My current critical book project, Lyric Pedagogy and Marxist-Feminism: Social Reproduction and the Institutions of Poetry argues that social reproduction—the processes by which human life, economic relationships, and social structures are maintained and renewed—is the concept needed to understand the contradictory roles that poetry has played in postwar Britain. The book charts Marxist and feminist poetic responses to overall disinvestment in social reproduction, including literary education, in the late twentieth century. I argue that the decline of poetry’s social purchase has, in fact, opened contemporary writing up to fresh explorations of social need. My aim throughout is to generate an account of contemporary poetic practice that takes off from the problem of social reproduction as it is differently engaged by coterie formations, radical organizations, and institutions of higher education.

My next critical research project is on the relations between typesetting/printing labour and Anglophone LGBTQ+ literary production in the mid/late twentieth century.  

I am also a poet and translator.

My teaching interests include: contemporary poetics, creative writing, feminism, Marxism, cross-genre and documentary writing, queer studies, critical university studies, Yiddish literature and culture, literary translation, aesthetics and politics.

I am especially interested in working with postgraduate students researching modern and contemporary poetry and cross-genre writing (practice-based and otherwise), Marxism and feminist theory, materialist accounts of sexuality, and the relations between universities and literary/critical practice.

I currently serve as Co-Director, with Dr. Rachel O'Connell, of the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence and am a founding member of the Race and Poetry and Poetics in the UK research group, with Dorothy Wang, Nisha Ramayya, and Nat Raha. Along with Natalia Cecire, Joe Luna, and Keston Sutherland, I have been an organizer of the annual Sussex Poetry Festival.