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Professor Jo Gill



The Poetics of the American Suburbs, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Literature as History: Essays in Honour of Peter Widdowson, London, Continuum, 2009.

The Cambridge Introduction to Sylvia Plath, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Anne Sexton's Confessional Poetics, University Press of Florida, 2007.

Women's Poetry, Edinburgh University Press, 2007.

The Cambridge Companion to Sylvia Plath, Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Modern Confessional Writing: New Critical Essays, Routledge, 2005.


'Phyllis McGinley Needs no Puff: Gender and Value in Mid-Century American Poetry', Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, 2016

'Quite the Opposite of a Feminist: Phyllis McGinley, Betty Friedan, and Discourses of Gender in Mid-Century American Culture, Women's History Review, Routledge, 2013

Space, Gender Race: Josephine Miles and the Poetics of the California Suburbs, Western American Literature, vol. 46.3, 2011

Anne Sexton: Teacher of Weird Abundance, BIOGRAPHY-AN INTERDISCIPLINARY QUARTERLY, vol. 32, no. 3, 2009, 557-559

'Poetry and Autobiography'. Special issue of 'Life Writing', Life Writing, vol. 6, no. 1, Routledge, 2009

The Oxford handbook of British and Irish war poetry, MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW, vol. 103, 2008, 838-839

Something outside of myself: Self-Reflexivity, Textuality, Narcissism in the poetry of Anne Sexton, Twentieth-Century Literature, vol. 50, no. 1, 2004, 59-87

Anne Sexton and Confessional Poetics, Review of English Studies, vol. 55, no. 3, 2004, 425-445

Anne Sexton and confessional poetics, Review of English Studies, vol. 55, no. 220, 2004, 425-445


On Efficiency: John Updike's Poetry Archives, in Anderson L, Warner A (eds) The Contemporary Poetry Archive: Essays and Interventions, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018

Reworking the Same Water: Robert Lowell Transported, in Austenfeld T (eds) Robert Lowell in a New Century: European and American Perspectives, Camden House, 2018

'The House of Herself': Reading Place and Space in the Poetry of Anne Sexton, in Golden A (eds) Anne Sexton: New Essays, Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press, 2016

'The Ssshh of Sprays on all the Little Lawns': Imagining the Postwar American SuburbsD, in Dines M, VerMeulen T (eds) New Suburban Stories, London: Continuum, 2013, 111-122

'Modern American Bestiary Poems', in Martiny E (eds) Making it Old and New: Poetic Genres in the Modern Age, Oxford: Blackwell, 2011

'Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath'., in Gifford T (eds) The Cambridge Companion to Ted Hughes, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011

H.D.: Influence and Legacy, in Christodoulides N, MacKay P (eds) The Cambridge Companion to H.D., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011

Anne Sexton's Poetics of the Suburbs, in Jackson M (eds) Health and the Modern Home, London: Routledge, 2007

'Your story. my story'. Confessional writing and the case of Birthday Letters, in Gill J (eds) Modern Confessional Writing: New Critical Essays, Routledge, 2006, 67-83

The Colossus and Crossing the Water, in Gill J (eds) The Cambridge Companion to Sylvia Plath, Cambridge University Press, 2006, 90-106

Confessional Writing and the Trope of the Letter: Robert Lowell and Ted Hughes, in Teulie R, Mathe S (eds) Cultures de la Confession, Aix en Provence: Provence University Press, 2006, 191-197


'Thank you for saying so well what I feel so strongly: Letters to Phyllis McGinley, the Housewife Poet', International Autobiography Association Conference., Sussex University

The 'Poet Laureate' of Suburbia: (Mis)representation in the Poetry of the American Suburbs, The Diverse Suburbs, Hofstra University, Long Island

Phyllis McGinley and the Poetics of the American Suburbs, British Association for American Studies Annual Conference, Edinburgh University

Internet publications

Anne Sexton, The Literary Encyclopedia, 2010

Phyllis McGinley, The Literary Encyclopedia, 2009


with Burton P, Built Environment: Suburban Spaces, Suburban Cultures, Built Environment, vol. 41, no. 4, Alexandrine Press, 2015, 457-600