Dr Gareth Reeves, BA (Oxon), MA, PhD (Stanford)
Gareth Reeves is Reader in English at Durham University. His research covers twentieth-century and contemporary poetry, British, Irish and American. One of his particular interests is Anglo-American poetic relations. Another is twentieth-century poetry and the Classics: his doctoral research was on T.S. Eliot and Virgil, and he is currently working on Seamus Heaney’s relations with Dante and Virgil. He has published books and articles in all these areas. A published poet, Gareth Reeves also has two volumes of poetry out from Carcanet Press and is working on a third.
Gareth Reeves’s undergraduate teaching concentrates on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American poetry, especially Whitman, Dickinson, Stevens, Lowell, Berryman, Bishop and Plath, and on twentieth-century British and Irish poetry, including such poets as Larkin, Hughes, Tomlinson, Gunn, Harrison, MacNeice, Kinsella, Montague, Heaney, Longley, Mahon and Paulin. He has also co-taught a module on British Poetry of the 1930s. His postgraduate teaching includes modules on British, Irish and American Twentieth-century poetry for Durham’s taught MA in English Literary Studies; as well as some of the above poets, these modules currently include Bunting, Davie and Hill. He is also developing a creative writing module in poetry for the taught MA. He has supervised successful PhD theses on Derek Mahon, Robert Creeley, Ezra Pound, W.C. Williams, Ted Hughes, David Jones, Basil Bunting, Geoffrey Hill, Roy Fisher, and T.S. Eliot.
Department of English Studies
- American poetry
- British Poetry of the 1930s
- Post-war British and Irish Poetry
- T. S. Eliot and Modernism
- Reeves, Gareth. (2012). To Hell with Paradise. New and Selected Poems. Carcanet Press.
- Reeves, G. (1994). T. S. Eliot's 'The Waste Land'. Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf.
- Reeves, G. (1993). Listening In. Manchester: Carcanet Press. Poems.
- Reeves, G. & O'Neill, M. (1992). Auden, MacNeice, Spender: The Thirties Poetry. London: Macmillan and St Martin's Press.
- Reeves, G. (1989). T.S. Eliot: A Virgilian Poet. London: Macmillan and St Martin's Press.
- Reeves, G. (1984). Real Stories. Manchester: Carcanet Press. Poems.
- Reeves, G. (2007). ''This is plenty, this is more than enough': Poetry and the Memory of the Second World War.'. In The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry. Kendall, Tim. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 579-591.
Essays in edited volumes
- Reeves, Gareth. (2008). 'A Ghost Never Exorcised: Stevens in the Poetry of Charles Tomlinson'. In Wallace Stevens across the Atlantic. Eeckhout, Bart. & Ragg, Edward. Palgrave Macmillan. 186 - 203.
- Reeves, G. (2005). 'T.S. Eliot and the Idea of Tradition’. In Literary Theory and Criticism: An Oxford Guide. Ed. P. Waugh. Oxford: Oxford U.P. pp. 107-118.
- Reeves, G. (2005). 'Thom Gunn and American Poetry.'. In From Wordsworth to Stevens: Essays in Honour of Robert Rehder. Mortimer, Anthony. Oxford: Peter Lang. 267-285.
- Reeves, G. (2004). ‘“It’s life in death to be bound, delivered, published” Robert Lowell’s Revisions of Notebook 1967-68’. In Rebound: The American Poetry Book. Eds. M. Hinds & S. Matterson. Amsterdam: Rodopi. 44: pp. 131-40.
- Reeves, G. (2004). ‘Auden and Religion.'. In The Cambridge Companion to W.H. Auden. Smith, S. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 188-199.
Journal papers: academic
- Reeves, Gareth. (2008). 'Songs of the Self: Berryman's Whitman'. Romanticism 14(1): 47 - 56.
- Reeves, G. (2006). 'A Modernist Dialectic: Stevens and Williams in the Poetry of Charles Tomlinson.'. The Wallace Stevens Journal 30(1 (Spring 2006): 57-85.
- Reeves, G. (1999). 'Beyond the New World: Donald Davie's Anglo-American Confessions'. P.N.Review 25: 53-57.