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Calum Gardner


person name Position: Postgraduate Researcher Email:
Area: English Literature

PhD Research

My research explores the early reception of the theory of Roland Barthes in the English-speaking world, particularly by avant-garde poets. I trace how perception of his thought changed over time and how it came to affect the development of certain writers’ poetry and poetics. Ultimately it is hoped that this will help to better understand the theoretical underpinnings of recent avant-garde writing, as well as the applications of Barthes’ work in literary analysis.

Supervisor: Neil Badmington, Josh Robinson

Academic Background

MA (Hons) in English, University of St Andrews, 2012

MPhil in Criticism & Culture, University of Cambridge, 2013


‘Re-reading “The Death of the Author”’ in Cambridge Humanities Review 3 (Lent 2013).

Conferences, Symposia and Seminars

‘The Inverse Planetarium: A Reading of Veronica Forrest-Thomson’s “The Aquarium”’, presented at the ‘Works in Progress’ Graduate Symposium at the University of Cambridge, 10th May 2013.

‘Veronica Forrest-Thomson’s Language-Games’, presented at the ‘Playing Games’ Graduate Conference at University College London, 24th May 2013.

‘Questions of Authorship and Textuality in Late Wittgenstein’, presented at the ‘ReVision: Editing across Disciplines’ Conference at the University of Edinburgh, 15th July 2013.


Tutor, Sutton Trust Summer School, University of Cambridge, August 2013.


I review poetry for the Glasgow Review of Books, which can be found at