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Dr Samuel Solnick BA (Dublin), MA, PhD (London), PGCert (FHEA)

Lecturer in English Literature English


    Personal Statement

    I mostly work on contemporary poetry and the relationships between literature and science. I have published work on JH Prynne, Ted Hughes, irony, the short story and site-specific performance. After teaching at Queen Mary and UCL I joined the department as the William Noble Research Fellow in 2015 and was made a lecturer in 2017. I am the co-director of the University of Liverpool’s Literature and Science Hub and I am on the steering groups for the Centre for the Humanities and Social Sciences of Health, Medicine and Technology, The Centre for New and International Writing and the Liverpool Literary Festival. My first monograph, Poetry and the Anthropocene, explores questions of ecology, biology and technology in contemporary British and Irish poetry, and was published by Routledge in 2017. I am currently working on a new project that explores representations of climate change across literature, performance and visual culture. I have written about literature and science in the TLS, Newsweek and the Independent and I am a contributing editor for the quarterly arts journal The White Review.

    Personal Distinctions

    • 'Becoming (In)Human(E) in the Anthropocene'; Keynote Paper at (In)Human(E) Conference (Keynote Speech, University College London 2018)
    • 'Poetry and the Anthropocene' (Invitation to Speak, Modern and Contemporary Literature Research Seminar, University of Cambridge 2016)
    • 'Telling (ourselves) stories in the Anthropocene’ (Invitation to Speak, Doreen Massey Annual Event, The Open University 2016)
    • 'The End of a World' (Invitation to Speak, Departmental Research Seminar, University of Liverpool 2016)
    • 'What sort of poetry' (Invitation to Speak, 'Poetry, Creativity, Environment' event, University of Leeds 2016)
    • William Noble Research Fellowship (Competitive Fellowship, University of Liverpool 2015)

    Administrative Roles

    • Co-director, Literature and Science Hub
    • Employability Lead for English
    • Early Career Network Coordinator – Centre for the Humanities and Social Sciences of Health, Medicine and Technology
    • Steering Committee – Centre for New and International Writing
    • HSS Representative – Task and Finish Group for Research Staff Development

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