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Dr Benjamin Poore, BA, MA (York), PhD (QMUL)

Teaching Fellow (Transition, Retention, and Professionalisation)



Benjamin Poore

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 the Times Higher Education Supplement, where I have written about cocktails, T.S. Eliot, casualisation in Higher Education, collecting, and the campus novel, 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 2015 I will be convening English in Practice and teaching on Literatures in Time. I will also be teaching ‘Ways of Reading’ at SOAS, on their new BA literature degree pathway.


Research interests:

  • Psychoanalysis and Modernism
  • Anglo-Indian Modernism
  • The politics of English studies
  • Critical Theory

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 literary modernism with the end of empire, and a highly idiosyncratic approach to psychoanalytic theory. Ultimately I read Khan’s work as a form of highly experimental late-modernist life writing inside psychoanalysis.

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)


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