Dr David Arnold

Dr David Arnold, Senior Lecturer in English Literature

Senior Lecturer in English Literary Studies

English Media and Culture

Contact Details

email: d.arnold@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 85 5298

David Arnold trained as a Classicist before moving on to doctoral work on twentieth-century American poetry. His research and teaching interests lie in poetry, American literature, ecocriticism and narrative criticism. He has published articles on the literary improvisations of William Carlos Williams and a book on American poetry: Poetry and Language Writing: Objective and Surreal (Liverpool University Press, 2007). His recent work focuses on ecophenomenological readings of modernist writing, and Buddhist American Poetry.

David teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and has responsibility for modules in Literary Theory and American Writing. David is a member of both the British Association of American Studies and the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. He is also a member of the Green Voices Research Group.

Teaching & Research

  • American Literature
  • American counter-poetries
  • Ecocriticism
  • Literature and Spirituality
  • Literary Criticism and Theory

Professional Bodies

  • Member, Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, UK and Ireland
  • Member, British Association of American Studies


  • 2020 "Unsettling the Harmony Stereotype in Buddhist American Poetry" ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews, 33:4

  • 2011 “Sensuous Surrealism: Writing Reanimated”, Green Letters, Volume 14, 1 (Summer 2011)
  • 2009 “ ‘Another Kind of Writing’: Off-road with Susan Howe”, Journal of Life Writing, special edition on Poetry and Autobiography, ed. Joanna Gill and Melanie Waters, Volume 6, number 1, April 2009: 123-127
  • 2007 Poetry and Language Writing: Objective and Surreal, Liverpool University Press
  • 2007 “Williams Without Words: A Dialogue with Michael Palmer” in Ian D. Copestake (ed.), The Legacy of William Carlos Williams: Points of Contact Cambridge Scholars Publishing: 161-77