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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.

He has published articles in the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies and contributed to the collection of essays Melville as Poet: The Art of ‘Pulsed Life’ (Kent State UP), as well as the Cambridge History of American Working-Class Literature. He has just finished a book entitled Moonlighting Modernity: Archives of Distraction and the Labors of American Poetry.

After completing his 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. He also recently organised the International Walt Whitman Week at Exeter 2016. Also a one-time committee member of the Cambridge Footlights (2008-2010).