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Professor Tim Kendall

Professor

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; https://vimeo.com/86701188). I was the producer of a BBC2 documentary on Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, broadcast in August 2018.

With Philip Lancaster, I am editing Ivor Gurney's complete literary works in five volumes for OUP; volume 1 is currently in press for publication during 2019. I have also edited the 6th edition of the Norton Anthology of Poetry alongside Mary Jo Salter and Margaret Ferguson (February 2018). For Oxford University Press, I am editing Poetry of the Second World War (forthcoming 2019). With Judy Carver, I am editing William Golding's correspondence for Faber.

I was the recipient of a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, which ran until September 2018. From January until September 2019, I will be the Director of Arts & Culture for the university.

Research interests

I have published mainly on twentieth-century poetry from Britain, Ireland and America, including full-length studies of Sylvia Plath, Robert Frost 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; its sequel on the Second World War will be published in 2019. Also under contract is a 5-volume variorum edition of Ivor Gurney's Complete Poems, which I am editing with Philip Lancaster for Oxford English Texts; volume 1, covering the years 1907 to 1918, will appear in 2019.

I was presenter of BBC4's Ivor Gurney: The Poet Who Loved the War (2014), and producer of BBC2's Sylvia Plath: Life Inside the Bell Jar (August 2018).

With Judy Carver, I am currently editing the letters of William Golding.

Research collaborations

Gloucestershire Archives (Ivor Gurney/F.W. Harvey)

Other Roads production company (Ivor Gurney)

BBC (Ivor Gurney)

Ivor Gurney Trustees

F.W. Harvey Trustees

William Golding Ltd.

I am working with Rondo/Yeti (Cardiff) to make the documentary on The Bell Jar for the BBC.

Research supervision

War poetry; archives; writers' letters; anthologies. Specific authors include Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, Keith Douglas, Ivor Gurney, Rudyard Kipling, William Golding.

 

Research students

The following PhD students successfully completed in 2013:

  • Philip Lancaster (PhD on Ivor Gurney).
  • Carrie Smith (PhD on Ted Hughes, co-supervised with Jo Gill).
  • Rebecca Welshman (PhD on Thomas Hardy, Richard Jefferies and Victorian Archaeology)

In 2014:

  • Sadia Rehman (MbyRes on T. S. Eliot).

In 2015:

  • Jasmine Hunter Evans (PhD on David Jones, co-supervised with Rebecca Langlands).
  • Lucy Tunstall (PhD on Sylvia Plath, co-supervised with Jo Gll).

In 2016:

  • Grant Repshire (PhD on F W Harvey).
  • Suzanne Steele (PhD on war poetry).
  • Luke Thompson (PhD on Jack Clemo).


In 2018:

  • Pete Bunten (PhD on Henry Williamson).
  • Bysshe Coffey (PhD on Percy Shelley).

Other information

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

Modules taught

Biography

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 2007 to 2013. He was Director of Research in 2014, after which he held a three-year Major Research Fellowship funded by Leverhulme. From January until September 2019, he will be the university's Director of Arts & Culture.