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Dr Peter Riley

Lecturer in American Literature


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Telephone: 01392 725300

Peter Riley's research examines nineteenth- through early twentieth-century American poetry in relation to modernism, labour history, critical theory, and the social sciences, with a secondary focus on race, ethnicity, and German-American studies.

His first book, Day Jobs of the Poets, is forthcoming with Oxford UP (2019). He has also published articles in the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, and contributed essays to a number of edited collections including The Cambridge History of American Working-Class Literature (Cambridge UP), and the forthcoming Nineteenth-Century American Literature in Transition (Cambridge UP) and The New Whitman Studies (Cambridge UP).

After completing his AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2012, he was appointed Early Career Fellow in American Literature at the University of Oxford (2012-2014). He is a co-founder of BrANCA (British Association of Nineteenth-Century Americanists), and co-organised the inaugural BrANCA symposium “Aesthetics/Politics” at the University of Sussex (2013), as well as the third biennial symposium “The Not Yet of the Nineteenth-Century U.S” (University of Exeter, 2017). He also organised the International Walt Whitman Week at Exeter in 2016. Further back, he was a committee member of the Cambridge Footlights (2008-2010).