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Dr Abram Foley

Lecturer in Literature and the Creative Industries (E&R)


Extension: 6516

Telephone: 01392 726516

Office: 249 Queen's Building (East Wing)
Office hours (Term Two 2019): Monday, 10 - 12; Friday, 11 - 12. Please sign up here.

I joined Exeter in January 2018 as Lecturer of Literature and the Creative Industries. I am interested in studying organizations, institutions, and collectives that produce or support the production of literature and the contemporary arts. My current research focuses on fiction and poetry since 1945, with an emphasis on figures who make editorial and publishing work into part of their creative practice. This research is the foundation for a book-in-progress titled The Editor Function, which shows how authors and editors ranging from Charles Olson and Nathaniel Mackey to Chris Kraus, Danielle Dutton, and Janice Lee use editorial work to theorize the aesthetic, medial, and political commitments of postwar writing. 

Portions of this research have appeared or are forthcoming in ASAP/Journal and Textual Practice, and I have other critical writing forthcoming or published in Affirmations: Of the ModernCriticism, symploke, and Twentieth-Century Literature

I am also Editor of ASAP/J, the open-access platform of the scholarly ASAP/Journal. I work closely with a group of contributing editors and a range of individual contributors. Our collective goal is to broaden and deepen critical engagement with interdisciplinary arts—literature, film, visual and plastic arts, sound arts, theatre—since 1960. 

Please feel free to contact me if you are considering postgraduate research in any of these areas:

Contemporary literature (fiction and poetry)
Publishing and editorial history and theory
Experimental media practices in post-1945 literary arts
Book history
Media history   
History of philology
American literature
African American literature