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Professor Tim Kendall


My principal area of research is twentieth-century poetry. Recent publications and broadcasts include Poetry of the First World War: An Anthology (Oxford University Press, October 2013) and a 1-hour arts documentary, Ivor Gurney: The Poet who Loved the War (BBC4, 2014;

With Philip Lancaster, I am editing Gurney's complete literary works in three volumes for OUP. I am also editing the 6th edition of the Norton Anthology of Poetry alongside Mary Jo Salter and Margaret Ferguson, for publication in 2017. For Oxford University Press I am editing Poetry of the Second World War.

My current monograph project is a study of William Golding.

I am the recipient of a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, which wll run until September 2018. 

Research interests

I have published mainly on twentieth-century poetry from Britain, Ireland and America, including full-length studies of Sylvia Plath and Paul Muldoon. Several of my recent publications have focused on war poetry: Modern English War Poetry (OUP, 2006); ed. The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry (OUP, 2007). My annotated anthology, Poetry of the First World War, appeared from Oxford World's Classics on Remembrance Day, 2013.  Also under contract is a three-volume variorum edition of Ivor Gurney's Complete Poems, which I am editing with Philip Lancaster for Oxford English Texts (vol. 1 due 2016). My war poetry blog can be found at

My latest monograph is The Art of Robert Frost, published by Yale UP in April 2012.

I was presenter of BBC4's Ivor Gurney: The Poet Who Loved the War (2014).

Other information

I co-organised the William Golding Centenary Conference in 2011.

Modules taught


Tim Kendall was born in Plymouth in 1970. He read English at Christ Church, Oxford, and completed his D. Phil on Northern Irish poetry in 1994. After holding several short-term teaching posts in Oxford, he became the Sir James Knott Research Fellow at the University of Newcastle.  In 1997 he was appointed to his first permanent post, at the University of Bristol. He joined Exeter as Professor of English Literature in 2006, and served as Head of Department from 2009 to 2013. He was Director of Research in 2014.