Philip McGowan

    Philip McGowan

    Senior Lecturer

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    Philip McGowan is Director of Internationalisation (2018-21) in the School of Arts, English & Languages and AHSS Faculty Lead on the M Liberal Arts degree programme (launched 2018).

    He is President (2016-2020) of the European Association for American Studies (; @eaas_eu) and is the only non-US member of the Executive Board of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society (; @FSFSociety).

    He serves on the Royal Irish Academy Committee for Languages, Literature, Culture and Communications and is a member of the Peer Review College for the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships.


    My office hours for Spring semester 2019 are Mondays 12-1 & Wednesdays 12-1.

    If these times do not suit, please email me ( to make an alternative appointment.


    Formerly the Chair (2011-2016) of the Irish Association for American Studies (; @theIAAS) he is Senior Lecturer in American Literature with research and teaching interests in twentieth-century American poetry, contemporary American fiction, as well as in film (e.g. American Hitchcock). He also has wider interests in revolutionary America, the American nineteenth century, westerns, and American narratives of addiction and alcohol control. In the field of poetry, his teaching and research focuses on Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, the Middle Generation poets, and Mark Doty.

    I currently serve as the EAAS representative for the Irish Association for American Studies and am a member of the British Association for American Studies (BAAS; I am also a member of the MLA (Modern Languages Association) and the SCMS (Society for Cinema and Media Studies).


    Research Statement


    I am currently preparing the OUP centenary edition of F Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise for release in March 2020 as well as articles on Elizabeth Bishop, John Berryman, and Mark Doty ahead of REF2021. Further work on Fitzgerald's short stories from the 1930s will be appearing in The F Scott Fitzgerald Review in 2019/20.


    Longer term, I am compiling an illustrated biography of Dorothy Parker and I foresee other related, more academically focused pieces coming out of this research.


    Some recently completed journal articles include:

    a discussion of the limits of poetic language in Middle Generation American poetry for the English journal (Winter 2013;

    an analysis of how Alcoholics Anonymous appropriated (almost unedited it would appear) swathes of nineteenth-century Temperance literature for (re)publication in its Big Book (Journal of American Studies;


    Other publications include:

    'The Bestseller and the Blockbuster Mentality' in Kirk Curnutt, ed. American Literature in Transition, 1970-1980 (Cambridge University Press, 2018);

    'Anne Sexton's Transformations' in Harold Bloom, ed. Anne Sexton (Blooms Modern Critical Views, 2015);

    'Popular Literary Tastes' in Bryant Mangum, ed., F. Scott Fitzgerald In Context (Cambridge University Press, March 2013);

    'Exile & the City: F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Lost Decade"' in F. Scott Fitzgerald Review (October 2013,;

    'The American Carnival of The Great Gatsby' in Harold Bloom, ed. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald (Blooms Modern Critical Interpretations, 2010);

    'The Games Bond Plays' in Robert G. Weiner et al, eds. James Bond in World and Popular Culture: The Films Are Not Enough (2010);

    'Nelson Algren and Carnival in 1930s America' in Nelson Algren: A Collection of Critical Essays, edited by Robert Ward (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2007);

    'After Thirty Falls': New Essays on John Berryman, ed. with Philip Coleman (Rodopi, 2007);

    'Reading Fitzgerald Reading Keats' in William Blazek and Laura Rattray, eds. Twenty-First Century Readings of Tender is The Night (University of Chicago Press, 2007);

    Anne Sexton & Middle Generation Poetry: The Geography of Grief (Praeger, 2004);

    American Carnival: Seeing & Reading American Culture (Greenwood, 2001).



    At undergraduate level I teach the stage 1 Liberal Arts module Understanding Now, the stage 2 Inventing America module, and the stage 3 module Stevens & Bishop.

    At MA, my 12-week elective module American Poetry from Dickinson to Today is available to students on the MA in Modern Poetry and the MA in English Literary Studies pathways. 


    At Ph.D. level I am supervising/co-supervising the following projects:

    'Against 9/11: Counter-Narratives of Grief in Post-9/11 Literature'

    'Rethinking Jewishness: Dark Jewish Humor’s Critique of Assimilation in The Graduate, The Producers, The Heartbreak Kid, and Annie Hall'

    'Les Années Folles: Dynamic Psychiatry and the Novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald'

    'The Warmth of Mo(u)rning: Elegy's hybridisation Through the American AIDS Pandemic'

    'Breaking the "rule of silence": Speaking about Trauma in Contemporary Irish Fiction'



    I also recently supervised/co-supervised:

    'Marilynne Robinson: Theologian'

    'Heaney's America'

    'John McGahern: Community, Influence and Historical Revisionism'

    'The First Thing That Happens/The Next Thing That Happens'

    'Two Camps/The American Family Elegy After 1995'

    'Toward a Supreme Poetry: The Ecstatic Self in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens and Sylvia Plath'

    'Self-Reflexivity and Otherness in TS Eliot and Geoffrey Hill'


    I am interested in supervising projects in the following areas: Elizabeth Bishop, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Anne Sexton, Wallace Stevens, twentieth-century American poetry, nineteenth- and twentieth-century American fiction, contemporary American cultural studies, film, literatures of addiction, Temperance literature, Transcendentalism, the American West, literature and suicide, literature and theology.


    Administrative Leadership

    I am the AHSS Faculty lead on the M Liberal Arts degree programme ( and Director of Internationalisation for the School of Arts, English and Languages (Oct. 2018- ).

    I am a recruitment ambassador for North America for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

    I was the Director of Education in the School of English (2014-16), a member of the University's Courses and Regulations Committee and the AHSS Faculty DE on the Higher Education Review Group that prepared Queen's institutional audit in November 2015. I served as Subject Lead for English (July 2018-June 2019).

    For RAE 2008 I collated the School of English documentation and drafted the RA5 narrative.

    As Postgraduate Director of Education for the School, I authored English's submission as part of the University's successful bid for BGP1.


    Management  & Administration

    2006-2008: I collated and wrote the School of English RAE 2008 submission.

    2006-2010: Postgraduate Director of Education, Chair School Postgraduate Committee, Chair MA Examination Board, Member Postgraduate Advisory Board, Member School Management Board, Member University Academic Board

    2010-2012: Chair School of English Examination Board

    Willingness to take PhD students


    PhD projects

    I am open to PhD applications in the fields of:
    - American Poetry, in particular Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop and the Middle Generation
    - American Fiction (19th, 20th, 21st centuries)
    - F. Scott Fitzgerald
    - Transcendentalism
    - Addiction and Literature
    - Literature and Suicide
    - Literature and Theology, Literature and Philosophy

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