Professor Jo Gill

Research interests

My research focuses on confessional and life-writing, mid-twentieth century American poetry, the literature and culture of the American suburbs and the relationship between literature (specifically poetry) and architecture. My most recent book, The Poetics of the American Suburbs, was published in 2013 by Macmillan (New York) in their "Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics" series. The research for this book was supported by awards from the British Academy and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. I am a recent holder of a British Library Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowship in North American Studies. I have recently completed a book on modern and contemporary American poetry and architecture, supported by a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (2015-16). Previous books include Anne Sexton's Confessional Poetics (University Press of Florida 2007); Women's Poetry (Edinburgh University Press 2007) and The Cambridge Introduction to Sylvia Plath (2008). In addition, I am the editor of Modern Confessional Writing (Routledge 2006) and The Cambridge Companion to Sylvia Plath (Cambridge University Press 2006). I have also co-edited with Simon Barker, Literature as History (Continuum 2009) and with Mel Waters, Poetry and Life Writing (Special Issue of the journal Life Writing, 2009; reissued in book form with Routledge in 2010). I have contributed numerous journal articles and chapters in edited collections. 

Until 2015, I was Principal Investigator on the Leverhulme Trust-funded "Cultures of the Suburbs International Research Network":


Research collaborations

I am the Principal Investigator of the Leverhulme Trust-funded "Cultures of the Suburbs International Research Network" (see This is a collaborative project bringing together researchers from Britain, Ireland, Australia, India and the United States of America all of whom share an interest in the cultural life of the suburbs.