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Dr Josh Robinson

Overview

Position: Lecturer Email: RobinsonJ17@cf.ac.uk
Telephone: +44(0)29 2087 6740
Extension: 76740
Location: John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cathays, Cardiff

Research Group

English Literature / Critical and Cultural Theory

Research Interests

Adorno; literary and aesthetic form; English-language and comparative poetics (particularly in modernist and contemporary literature); conceptuality, conceptual archaeologies and networks; the experimental lyric; negative dialectic; Marx and critical Marxism; value and the commodity-form; the rhetoric of antisemitism; philosophical aesthetics; relationships between philosophical and literary modernism.

I welcome applications from potential PhD students whose plans overlap with any of my listed interests. Informal enquiries are always welcome.

Selected Publications

Adorno's Poetics of Form, under review at Fordham University Press.

(Editor, with Andrew Pendakis, Nicholas Brown and Imre Szeman)
Contemporary Marxist Theory: An Anthology, (New York:Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2014).

(Editor, with Nicholas Brown, Neil Larsen and Mathias Nilges)
Dossier: Wertkritik, Mediations: Journal of the Marxist Literary Group; 26–27 (forthcoming 2013).

‘“A Gasp of Laughter at Desire”: Frank O’Hara’s Poetics of Breath’, in Frank O’Hara Now: New Essays on the New York Poet, ed. by Robert Hampson and Will Montgomery, (Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2010),
pp. 144–59.

‘“Through open limits”: The Early Poetry of J.H. Prynne’, Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry 2:1 (March 2010), 61–76.

‘Spekulation und Dialektik. Über die Grenzen der Spekulativen Vernunft’ [‘Speculation and Dialectic: On the Limits of Speculative Reason’], in Probleme der Dialektik heute, ed. by Stefan Müller (Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, 2009), pp. 229–46.

Publications

Recent Publications

Books and Edited Volumes

Adorno's Poetics of Form, under review at Forham University Press.

(with Andrew Pendakis, Nicholas Brown and Imre Szeman), Contemporary Marxist Theory: An Anthology, (New York:Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2014).

(with Nicholas Brown, Neil Larsen and Mathias Nilges), Dossier: Wertkritik, Mediations 26–27 (forthcoming 2013).

Articles

(with Neil Larsen and Mathias Nilges), Introduction to Mediations: Journal of the Marxist Literary Group 26–27 (forthcoming 2013), Dossier: Wertkritik

‘Aesthetic Praxis’, Studies in Social and Political Thought 17 (Spring/Summer 2010), 44–52

‘“Through open limits”: The Early Poetry of J.H. Prynne’, Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry 2:1 (March 2010), 61–76

‘“innocence and incapability impose”: Towards an Ethic of Experimentation’, JACKET 32 (April 2007), online at http://jacketmagazine.com/32/p-robinson.shtml

‘The Visual Poetic of Frank O’Hara’, QUID 16 (2005), 20–28

Book Chapters

‘“A Gasp of Laughter at Desire”: Frank O’Hara’s Poetics of Breath’, in Frank O’Hara Now: New Essays on the New York Poet, ed. by Robert Hampson and Will Montgomery, (Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2010), pp. 144–59

‘Spekulation und Dialektik. Über die Grenzen der Spekulativen Vernunft’ [‘Speculation and Dialectic: On the Limits of Speculative Reason’], in Probleme der Dialektik heute, ed. by Stefan Müller (Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, 2009), pp. 229–46

‘“Abject self on patrol”: Immaterial Labour, Affect, and Subjectivity in Andrea Brady’s Cold Calling’, in Complicities: British Poetry 1945– 2007, ed. by Robin Purves and Sam Ladkin (Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2007), pp. 253–70

‘W.S. Graham and the Poetics of Loss’, in Necessary Steps: Poetry, Elegy, Walking, Spirit, ed. by David Kennedy (Devoran, Cornwall: Stride, 2007), pp. 132–39

Translations

Roswitha Scholz, The Gender of Capitalism: Feminist Theory and the Postmodern Metamorphosis of Patriarchy, under contract with Brill/Haymarket, MS to be delivered July 2016

(with Karen Tiedtke) Robert Kurz, The Black Book of Capitalism: A Farewell Song to the Market Economy (forthcoming)

Claus-Peter Ortlieb, ‘A Contradiction between Matter and Form’, Mediations: Journal of the Marxist Literary Group 26–7(forthcoming 2013)

Robert Kurz, ‘The Crisis of Exchange-Value’, Mediations: Journal of the Marxist Literary Group 26–7 (forthcoming 2013)

Norbert Trenkle, ‘Struggle without Classes’, Mediations: Journal of the Marxist Literary Group 26–7 (forthcoming 2013)

(with Neil Larsen) Ernst Lohoff, ‘Off Limits, Out of Control’, Mediations: Journal of the Marxist Literary Group 26–7 (forthcoming 2013)

Selected essays on Beckett in vol. 10 of Werner Spies, The Eye and the Word (New York: Abrams, 2011)

Poems by Christian Steinbacher for the International Biennial of Poets, 2010

Norbert Trenkle, ‘Tremors on the Global Market’, online at http://www.krisis.org/2009/tremors-on-the-global-market

Reviews

‘Go Figure’, review of Miguel de Beistegui, Aesthetics after Metaphysics: From Mimesis to Metaphor (New York: Routledge, 2012) Radical Philosophy 179 (May/June 2013), 49–51

Review of Ernst Lohoff and Norbert Trenkle, Die große Entwertung (Münster: Unrast, 2012), Marx and Philosophy Review of Books (August 2012), online at http://marxandphilosophy.org.uk/reviewofbooks/reviews/2012/590

‘Experience Regained?’, review of Roger Foster, Adorno: The Recovery of Experience (New York: SUNY Press 2007), Critical Horizons 11.1 (2010), 156–9

Review of Ulrich Plass, Language and History in Theodor W. Adorno’s ‘Notes to Literature’ (London and New York: Routledge 2006), British Journal of Aesthetics 49:2 (April 2009), 194–96

‘Life Less Unexamined’, review of Alastair Morgan, Adorno’s Concept of Life (London and New York: Continuum 2007), Radical Philosophy 152 (Nov/Dec 2008), 64–65

Shorter Pieces

‘Aesthetic Theory, Aesthetic Praxis: The Poetics of Activism’, The New Everyday, Jan 2012, online at http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/tne/pieces/aesthetic theory-aesthetic-praxis-poetics-activism

‘Poetry and Class Politics’, QUID 19 (2008, special issue, Poetry and Class-Politics), 52–53

‘Walking in History’, QUID 17 (2006, special issue, For J.H. Prynne), 6–7

Poetry

Shift Report (Cambridge: Arehouse, 2005)

 

Research

Current Research:

My main current project is a monograph, The Poetics of Late Modernism, which addresses the late twentieth- and twenty-first-century poetic legacies of high modernism.

From 2014 I am also writing the 'Poetics' article of The Year's Work
in Critical and Cultural Theory
(covering work published from 2012).

Academic Activities:

2013–14 Principle organizer of Writing Itself, an international conference at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of
Cambridge, July 1–2, 2014.

I am a member of the advisory board of Krisis and a referee for the journals Praxis and Studies in Social and Political Thought.

 

Biography

Academic Employment and Affiliations

2013– Lecturer in English Literature, Cardiff University

2008– Affiliated Professor, University of Haifa

2011–3 Research Fellow, Queens' College, Cambridge

2007–8 Visiting Researcher, Peter Szondi-Institut für allgemeine und vergleichende
Literaturwissenschaft
[Peter Szondi Institute for General and Comparative Literature], Freie Universität Berlin

Education

2005–11: PhD, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge (AHRC studentship; Walker Studentship, Queens' College, Cambridge). Dissertation title ‘Adorno’s Poetics of Form’, supervised by Prof. Simon Jarvis, examined by Prof. Josh Cohen and Dr Drew Milne.

2007–8: Programmstudent, Freie Universität Berlin (DAAD Research Fellowship).

2004–5: MPhil, Criticism & Culture, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge (AHRB studentship). Distinction.

2001–4: BA (hons) English, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge (MA 2008). Class: Part 2 (2004): I; Part 1 (2003): I.