Dr Benjamin Poore, BA, MA (York), PhD (QMUL)
Teaching Fellow (Transition, Retention, and Professionalisation)
I studied for my first two degrees at the University of York, completing an MA in Medieval Literature in 2010. In a slight change of intellectual gear, I wrote my PhD in the Department of English at Queen Mary on the Anglo-Pakistani psychoanalyst Masud Khan and literary modernism, funded by the AHRC and supervised by Jacqueline Rose and Rachael Gilmour. Most recently, I was AHRC Researcher-in-Residence at the Freud Museum London, helping to research and curate 2015’s summer exhibition, The Festival of the Unconscious. I co-run the forum ‘Psychoanalysis, History, and Political Life’, and am a member of the research network ‘Cultures of Trust’.
You can occasionally read some of my writing in The Independent, the Times Literary Supplement, and Times Higher Education, where I have written about cocktails, T.S. Eliot, casualisation in Higher Education, collecting, the campus novel, dressing up for The Great Gatsby, and modernist typefaces, amongst other things.
I have taught a range of courses in the Department of English over the last few years. These have included, ‘Reading, Theory, and Interpretation’, ‘Literatures in Time’, ‘Modernism and Democracy’, ‘Postcolonial Literatures in English’, ‘English, Literary Criticism and the Essay’. I have also worked extensively with widening participation charity The Brilliant Club and taught at Secondary level.
In 2016-17 I will be convening English in Practice, our new employability module Livelihoods in English, as well as teaching on Literatures in Time and Narrative. In the Autumn I will be teaching a class on Psychoanalysis and Literature at King’s College London.
In 2016-17 I am teaching on:
- Psychoanalysis and Modernism
- Anglo-Indian Modernism
- Education and pedagogy in English studies
- Literary and critical theory
- Employability and the academy
- Transitioning to Higher Education
Recent and On-Going Research
My PhD, which I am now turning into a monograph, was on the controversial postwar Anglo-Pakistani psychoanalyst Masud Khan. My work argued that his life and writing must be conceived through his personal and institutional commitment to literary modernism, offering an unusual case study for the intersection of modernism with the end of empire, and a highly idiosyncratic approach to psychoanalytic theory. Ultimately I read Khan’s work as a form of experimental late-modernist life writing inside psychoanalytic theory.
My next project considers the relationship of literary modernism to education, in particular exploring the involvement of E.M. Forster, psychoanalyst Marion Milner, and T.S. Eliot in different kinds of educational activities. The aim of the project is to use the educational commitments of these writers to rethink the politics of modernist aesthetics and questions of spectatorship in modernism.
- ‘The Indian National Congress’, The Routledge Encyclopaedia of Modernism, forthcoming 2016
- ‘“An Irish emigrant the wrong way out”: Masud Khan reads James Joyce’, Postcolonial Text ‘Beyond the Paradigm: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Parapostcolonial’. Vol. 9, No. 4. (2015)
Selected Reviews and Journalism
- ‘Freud the Collector’, The Independent (June 10th, 2015)
- 'Alice Lascalles, Ten Cocktails: The Art of Convivial Drinking (Saltyard Books, 2015)', The Times Literary Supplement (June 2015)
- ‘TeachHigher, Wages Lower?: Beware the Outsourcers’ Razor’, The Times Higher Education Supplement (16th April, 2015)
- ’Notes from the Archive: T.S. Eliot and the Second World War’, TLS Blog (March 12th, 2015)
- ‘Remembering Stuart Hall’, TLS Blog (February 10th, 2015)
- 'Alexandra Lawrie: The Beginnings of University English: Extramural Study, 1885-1910 (Basingstoke: Palgrave,2014)', The Times Literary Supplement (January 16th, 2015)
- ‘Carry on Campus’, The Independent (7th November 2014)
- 'Élisabeth Roudinesco: Lacan: In Spite of Everything translated by Gregory Elliot (London: Verso, 2014)', The Times Literary Supplement (October 17th 2014)
- 'Camilla Schofield: Enoch Powell and the Making of Postcolonial Britain (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)', The Times Literary Supplement (March 21st 2014)
- 'Emily Apter: Against World Literature (London: Verso, 2013)', The Times Literary Supplement (December 20th 2013)
- 'Rajeev Patke: Modernist Literature and Postcolonial Studies (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013)', The Times Literary Supplement (4th October 2013)
I would welcome enquiries from potential doctoral students interested in any of the areas of my research.