Professor David Wheatley

Professor David Wheatley
Professor David Wheatley
Professor David Wheatley

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Email Address
d.wheatley@abdn.ac.uk
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 272461
Office Address

Taylor Building, B02

School/Department
School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture

Biography

I am a poet and critic with particular research interests in the field of twentieth-century and contemporary poetry, Irish literature and Samuel Beckett, and welcome applications from prospective PhD students in these areas.

My most recent poetry collections are The President of Planet Earth (Carcanet/Wake Forest UP, 2017) and Child Ballad (Carcanet/Wake Forest UP 2023; Poetry Book Society Recommendation, Sunday Times Poetry Book of the Year). I have published four previous collections with Gallery Press: Thirst (1997; Rooney Prize for Irish Literature), Misery Hill (2000), Mocker (2006), and A Nest on the Waves (2010). I have also edited the Poems of James Clarence Mangan for Gallery Press (2003) and Samuel Beckett’s Selected Poems 1930-1989 for Faber and Faber (2009). My Reader’s Guide to Essential Criticism of Contemporary British Poetry was published by Palgrave in 2014. I have also coedited The Cambridge History of Irish Women's Poetry (Cambridge UP, 2021) with Dr Ailbhe Darcy. My novel Stretto is published by CB Editions (2022).

My work features in various anthologies, e.g. After Ovid: New Metamorphoses (Faber/FSG, 1994), The New Irish Poets (Bloodaxe, 2004), Identity Parade: New British & Irish Poets (Bloodaxe, 2010), An Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry (Harvard UP, 2010), and The Penguin Book of Irish Poetry (2010).  

My critical work has appeared in numerous edited collections, including The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry (2012), The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Poetry (2013), The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry (2013), The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry (2007), and The Cambridge Companion to Seamus Heaney (2009). 

I was a founding editor of the poetry journal Metre, and have written on poetry for a variety of other journals including London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, Poetry, New Statesman, Essays in Criticism, Times Higher Education Supplement, The Irish Times and Poetry Review.

 

 

Research

Current Research

My current research projects include an anthology of Irish poetry, The Wake Forest Irish Poetry Series, vol. 4, for publication in 2017; a volume of poetry, The President of Planet Earth (Carcanet/Wake Forest, 2017); an essay collection, On the Trail of the Night Parrot (Eyewear Publishing, 2017/8); a  translation of Myles na gCopaleen's war-time Irish-language journalism, an anthology of Irish poetry; and continuing work on Samuel Beckett. 

Publications

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  • Beyond ‘the nothing-could-be-simpler /line’: Beyond ‘the nothing-could-be-simpler /line’: On Fluid Forms and the Longer Poem

    Wheatley, D.
    Bloomsbury Companion to Contemporary Poetry in Ireland and the UK. Brigley, Z. (ed.). Bloomsbury
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Varieties of Irish Modernism: English-Language Poetry

    Wheatley, D.
    The Cambridge History of Irish Poetry. Falci, E. (ed.). Cambridge University Press
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • ‘Limits of part’s equality with whole’: Beckett’s poetry in and between the fiction and drama

    Wheatley, D.
    The Oxford Handbook of Samuel Beckett. Nixon, M., Van Hulle, D. (eds.). Oxford Univerity Press; Oxford
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Derek Mahon

    Wheatley, D.
    Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press (OUP), 6 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • 'Echo is Dumb': Modes of Address and Generational Dialogue in Irish Poetry

    Wheatley, D.
    The Routledge Companion to Twenty-First Century Irish Writing. O'Brien, E., Fogarty, A. (eds.). Routledge
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Modern Irish Poetry

    Wheatley, D.
    Year's Work in English Studies. Oxford Univerity Press; Oxford
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Child Ballad

    Wheatley, D.
    Carcanet Press, Manchester. 138 pages
    Books and Reports: Books
  • On a Scottish Portrait: A Tale of Two Gordons

    Wheatley, D.
    The Literary Review, no. 522, pp. 30-31
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Modern Irish Poetry

    Wheatley, D.
    Year's Work in English Studies. Roach, R. (ed.). Oxford University Press (OUP), pp. 95-102, 8 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • 'Mocked by a tissue that may not serve': Beckett and the poetics of embodiment

    Wheatley, D.
    Samuel Beckett's Poetry. Brophy, J., Davies, W. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, pp. 235, 249 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
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