Andrew Michael Roberts

Professor Andrew Michael Roberts

Professor of Modern Literature

Research Interests

Research Interests

  • Contemporary poetry, especially Geoffrey Hill and avant-garde/'linguistically innovative' poetry, including digital poetry;
  • Modernist poetry and fiction, especially Mina Loy and Joseph Conrad;
  • Theories of masculinity and psychoanalytical theory;
  • Poetry and cognitive processes.

AHRC funded studentships are available in these research area - more details

Dr Roberts is Principal Investigator and Project Leader for Poetry Beyond Text: Vision, Text and Cognition. This 2-year interdisciplinary project (2009-2011) is funded as part of the AHRC's Beyond Text Scheme, and uses critical, psychological and creative methodologies to the study works of art which combine text and images, including digital poetry, concrete poetry, artist books and poetry with photographs. The project team includes Dr Martin Fischer (Psychology, University of Dundee), Ms Mary Modeen (Fine Art, University of Dundee), Dr Anna Katharina Schaffner (Comparative Literature, University of Kent) and Dr Ulrich Weger (Psychology, University of Kent).  For an on-line discussion of the project, see the Poetry Beyond Text audio slideshow on YouTube.

Dr Roberts previously led a research team studying The effects of form and technique on cognition, aesthetic response and evaluation in reading poetry (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board Innovations Award Scheme), with Dr Jane Stabler (English, University of St Andrews) and Dr Martin Fischer (Psychology, University of Dundee). Forthcoming work includes: Poetry & Ethics (Liverpool University Press).





Poetry and Ethics (Liverpool University Press, forthcoming).

Geoffrey Hill (Tavistock: Northcote House, 2004), xv + 126 pp.

Poetry and Contemporary Culture, ed. with Jonathan Allison (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2001), x + 236 pp.

Conrad and Masculinity (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000), xi + 250 pp.

Joseph Conrad , ed. (London: Longman, 1998), x + 285 pp.

Conrad and Gender, ed. (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1993), xi + 147 pp.

The Novel: A Guide to the Novel from its Origins to the Present Day, ed. (London: Bloomsbury, 1993), ix + 366 pp.

Articles & Book Chapters

'Listening to Limericks: A Pupillometry Investigation of Perceivers' Expectany' (with Christoph Scheepers, Sibylle Mohr, Martin H. Fischer), PLOS ONE
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'Dim-conceived Glories of the Brain: On Ambiguity in Literature and Science' (with Lisa Otty), Culture, Theory and Critique, 54:1 (2013), 37-55
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'Space and Pattern in Linear and Postlinear Poetry: Empirical and Theoretical Approaches' (with Jane Stabler, Martin H. Fischer and Lisa Otty), European Journal of English Studies, 17:1 (2013), 23-40
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'Creative Practice and Experimental Method in Electronic Literature and Human Experimental Psychology', with Lisa Otty, Martin Fischer and Anna Katharina Schaffner. Forthcoming in dichtung-digital, special issue on Electronic Literature Communities, Part II (Summer 2012). 

'Reading Space in Visual Poetry', with Kim Knowles, Anna Katharina Schaffner, Ulrich Weger, Writing Technologies, 4 (2012), 75-106 [Available online at]

'Time, Truth and Mediation in the Modernist Novella', in Each Other’s Yarns: Essays on Narrative and Critical Method for Jeremy Hawthorn, ed.  by Paul Goring, Domhnall Mitchell and Jakob Lothe (Oslo: Novus Press, 2012), pp. 213-29.

'Rhythm, Self and Jazz in Mina Loy's Poetry', in The Salt Companion to Mina Loy, ed. by Rachel Potter (Salt Publishing, 2010), pp. 99-128.

'Geoffrey Hill', The Cambridge History of English Poetry, ed. by Michael O'Neill (Cambridge University Press, 2010), pp. 936-55.

'Why Digital Literature Has Always Been "Beyond the Screen"', in Beyond the Screen: Transformations of Literary Structures, Interfaces and Genres, ed. by Jörgen Schäfer and Peter (Transcript, 2010), pp. 153-77.

'The Visual and the Self in Post-Romantic Poetry', Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, 51 (August 2008). Special Issue on 'Modelling the Self: Subjectivity and Identity in Romantic and Post-Romantic Thought and Culture', ed. by Mark Sandy and Sarah Wootton.
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'Error and Mistakes in Poetry: Geoffrey Hill and Tom Raworth', English, 56 (2007), 339-61

‘Rhetorics of Surface and Depth in Digital Poetry’, with Anna Katharina Schaffner, Ri.L.Un.E (Review of Literatures of the European Union), 5 (July 2006)
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‘Readers’ Responses to Sub-genre and Rhyme Scheme in Poetry’, Poetics, 34 (2006), 204-18 
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‘What Constitutes a Reader? The Changing Reception of Romantic Rorm’, with Martin H. Fischer, Maria Nella Carminati and Jane Stabler, inRomanticism and Form, ed. by Alan Rawes (Basingstoke: Macmillan Palgrave, 2007).

‘Moral and Ethical Readings of Conrad’, Conradiana, 37.1-37.2 (2005), 133-46

'Psychoanalytical Approaches to Romantic Literature', in The Oxford Guide to Romanticism, ed. by Nicholas Roe (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), pp. 219-36.

'The Visual Impact of Byron's ottava rima', with Jane Stabler, Maria Nella Carminati and Martin H. Fischer, The Byron Journal, 32:1 (2004), 39-44

Introduction I: ‘Contemporary Poetry and the Question of Value’, in Poetry and Contemporary Culture: The Question of Value, ed. by Andrew Michael Roberts and Jonathan Allison (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2002), pp. 1-10.

'The Rhetoric of Value in Recent British Poetry Anthologies', in Poetry and Contemporary Culture: The Question of Value, ed. by Andrew Michael Roberts and Jonathan Allison (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2002), pp. 101-22.

'Geoffrey Hill and Pastiche: "An Apology for the Revival of Christian Architecture in England" and The Mystery of the Charity of Charles Péguy',Yale Journal of Criticism (Summer 2000), 153-66

‘Romantic Irony and the Postmodern Sublime: Geoffrey Hill and ‘Sebastian Arrurruz’, in Romanticism and Postmodernism, ed. by Edward Larrissy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999), pp. 141-56.

‘Conrad and Value’, in Conrad and Literary Theory, ed. by Robert Hampson and Andrew Gibson (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1998), pp. 178-202.

‘“How to Be Happy in Paris”: Mina Loy and the Transvaluation of the Body’, The Cambridge Quarterly, 27:2 (1998), 129-47

‘Beyond the Male Romance: Repetition as Failure and Success in Apocalypse Now’, with Peter Easingwood, Critical Survey, 9:1 (Spring 1997), 19-35

‘Economies of Empire and Masculinity in Conrad’s Victory’, in Imperialism and Gender: Constructions of Masculinity, ed. by C. Gittings (Dangaroo Press, 1996), pp. 158-69.

‘"Routine Terror": Violence and Bureaucracy in the Work of Jonathan Swift and Geoffrey Hill’, in The Timeless and the Temporal, ed. by Elizabeth Maslen (London: Queen Mary and Westfield College, 1993), pp. 404-26.

'Variation and False Relation in Geoffrey Hill's 'Tenebrae'', Essays in Criticism, 43:2 (1993), 123-43

‘Time and Truth in Yeats’ Autobiographies’, in Between Time and Eternity: Nine Essays on W.B. Yeats and his Contemporaries Hofmannsthal and Blok, ed. by Paul Kirschner and Alexander Stillmark (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1992), pp. 37-53.

‘The Gaze and the Dummy: Sexual Politics in Conrad’s The Arrow of Gold’, in Joseph Conrad: Critical Assessments, ed. by Keith Carabine (Helm, 1992), pp. 528-50.

'Omnipotence and the Romantic Imagination', English, 40 (1991), 1-21

Nostromo and History’, The Conradian, 12:1 (May 1987), 4-16