Dr Abram Foley

Lecturer in Literature and the Creative Industries (E&R)


Extension: 6516

Telephone: 01392 726516

Office: 249 Queen's Building
Office hours: Monday, 1 - 2; Thursday, 11 - 1. Sign up for an appointment here.

My research focuses on fiction and poetry since 1945. I am particularly interested in figures who make editorial, curatorial, and publishing work into part of their creative practice. This focus allows me to pay close attention to the creative work of writers and editors while also considering how their work operates in broader networks of artistic production and distribution.

I am currently writing a book titled Editorial Theory in Postwar American Literature, which shows how authors and editors ranging from Charles Olson (Origin, Black Mountain Review) and Nathaniel Mackey (Hambone) to Chris Kraus [Semiotext(e)] and Janice Lee (Entropy Magazine) use editorial work to theorize the aesthetic, medial, and cultural commitments of postwar writing. This project draws on and informs my interests in literary history, critical theory, book and publishing history, and media studies.

I am also Editor of ASAP/J, the open-access platform of the scholarly ASAP/Journal. This role allows me to work closely with a group of contributing editors and a range of individual contributors. Our collective goal is to broaden and deepen critical engagement with interdisciplinary arts—literature, film, visual and plastic arts, sound arts, theatre—since 1960. Please feel free to email me if you would like to learn more about ASAP/J or are interested in contributing work. 

I welcome enquiries about postgraduate research from students interested in any of the topics listed on my research page.