Philip McGowan

      Dr Philip McGowan

      Senior Lecturer

      Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 3261

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


      My office hours for Spring semester 2018 are Mondays 12-1 & Thursdays 11-12.

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


      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).

      In April 2016, I hosted a joint conference of BAAS and the IAAS at Queen's, the first time in twenty-five years that both associations met for an annual conference. For more details visit or visit the archived Twitter feed @IAAS2016BAAS.
      I co-organised the 9th International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society conference in London (2007), was programme co-ordinator for the 13th International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference in Dublin and Waterford, 4-11 July 2015, and will serve in a similar capacity for the 14th Fitzgerald Conference in St Paul, Minnesota in June 2017.

      Research Statement


      I am currently preparing articles on Elizabeth Bishop, RS Thomas & Wallace Stevens, John Berryman, and Mark Doty ahead of REF2021. Further work on F Scott Fitzgerald's short stories from the 1930s will be appearing in The F Scott Fitzgerald Review in 2017/18.


      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 currently teach on the stage 2 Introduction to American Writing module and the stage 3 module Stevens & Bishop.

      At MA, my 12-week elective module American Poetry from Dickinson to Olds 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:

      'Heaney's America'

      'Marilynne Robinson: Theologian'

      'Deviance in 1960s' American Fiction & Film'

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

      'Europe and Modernity in the Novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald'


      I also recently supervised/co-supervised:

      '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.


      Administrative Leadership

      From January 2017, I will lead the AHSS Faculty project to introduce a Liberal Arts degree programme while also producing enhanced joint degree experiences for our students.

      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.

      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

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