Stephen Clark

My original topic of research was on William Blake and Romantic poetry, which has gradually expanded to include English literature from the 16th century and Shakespeare through to contemporary novels, poetry and film. Other more recent interests include post-colonialism, gender studies, new historicism, narratology, and Anglo-American and European critical theory, and also more specifically on the reception history of Blake and other Western authors in Japan. In my classes this year, I will use texts from a wide variety of genres and periods to discuss narrative technique and postcolonial traditions in poetry. The teaching will be conducted in English, combining lecturing with exercises in close reading, presentations by students and some general class discussion. I hope this will help enable students to both consolidate and extend their existing linguistic and analytic skills, and provide helpful preparation if they intend to study abroad in future.

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Paul Ricoeur (Routledge, 1990)
Co-edited with David Worrall, Historicizing Blake (Macmillan, 1994), Blake in the 90s (Macmillan, 1999), Blake, Nation and Empire (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)
Selected Poems of Akenside, Macpherson and Young (Carcanet, 1994)
Sordid Images: the Poetry of Masculine Desire (Routledge, 1994)
Editor, Travel-Writing and Empire (ZED,1999)
Co-edited with Mark Ford, Something We Have that they don’t: Anglo-American Poetic Relations since 1925 (Iowa University Press 2004)
Co-edited with Masashi Suzuki, Reception of Blake in the Orient (Continuum, 2006)
Co-edited with Jason Whittaker, Blake, Modernity and Popular Culture (Palgrave, 2007)
Co-edited with Paul Smethurst, Asian Crossings: Travel Writing on China, Japan and Southeast Asia (Hong Kong University Press, 2008)
Co-edited with Tristanne Connolly, Liberating Medicine 1720-1830 (Pickering and Chatto, 2009)
Co-edited with Tristanne Connolly and Jason Whittaker, Blake 2.0: William Blake in Twentieth-Century Art, Music and Culture (Palgrave 2012)

Journal Guest Editor

Symbiosis, Anglo-American Poetic Influence (2002)
Poetica: 20th Century Anglo-American Poetry (2006);
Concrete Poetry (2010)
Digital Romanticisms (2013)
Theory Culture and Society: Paul Ricoeur commemorative issue (2010): 27.5


‘Locke’s Philosophical Rhetoric’, Locke Newsletter 17 (1986)
‘Get Out as Early as You Can’:Larkin’s Sexual Politics’, Philip Larkin a Tribute
Ed. George Hartley, Marvell Press (1987) reprinted New Casebook series, Philip Larkin ed. Stephen Regan (Macmillan, 1997)
‘Testing the Razor: T.S. Eliot’s ‘Poems 1920’’ in Engendering the Text
Ed. Temma Berg et al, University of Illinois Press (1987)
‘Let Blood and Body bear the Fault’: Pope and Misogyny’, in Pope; New Vocies
ed. David Fairer, Harvester (1990)
‘Gray’s Response to Locke’: I ‘’Dull in a New Way’’ II ‘’Pendet Homo Incertus’’,
Eighteenth-Century Studies 23: 3-4 (1991)
‘The Shin Umeda Building’, Osaka Newsletter (1994)
‘’’The Failing Soul’’: Macpherson’s Response to Locke’, ECL 19:1 (1995)
‘Blake, Locke and the Poetry of Sensibility’’, SEL (Tokyo) 71:3 (1995)
‘Something Genrous in Meer Lust’: Rochester as Libertine’, in Reading Rochester
ed. Edward Burns, Liverpool University Press (1996)
‘’’Ancestral Englishness’ in King Lear’, Shakespeare Studies 31 (1996)
‘Teaching in Japan: a Few Impressions’, Osaka Newsletter 15(1996)
‘Narrative Identity in Ricoeur’s Oneself as Another’, in Ethics and the Subject, ed. Karl Simms, Rodolphi (1997)
‘’’Weaving the Woof of Locke’’: Blake’s Milton as Empiricist Epic’, Studies in Romanticism 36:2 (1997)
‘’’Radical Insincerity’’ in Edward Young’, BJECS 20:2 (1997)
‘Tradition and the Individual American Talent’, T.S. Eliot Review (Tokyo) no.8 (1997)
‘’’The Whole Internal World his Own’’: Locke and Metaphor Revisited’, JHI 59 (1998)
‘’’Between Self and Self’s Book’’: Locke and the Poetry of Early Romanticism’, The Early Romantics, ed. Tom Woodman, Macmillan (1998)
‘Postmodernity and its Discontents in the Poetry of James Keery and Mark Ford’, Essays on Twentieth-Century Poetry, ed. Shiochiro Sakurai, Rinsen (1998)
‘El texto versus la accion’, in Le hemeneutica filosofica de Paul Ricoeur
ed Mario J. Valdes, Monte Avila Latinoamericana, Venezuela (1998)
‘’’Uprooting the Rancid Stalk’’: Transformations of Romanticism in Ashbery and Ash’, Romanticism and Postmodernism, ed. Edward Larrissy, CUP (1999)
‘Travel Theory, Travel Practice’, Textual Practice 13:2 (1999): review-article
‘Labouring at the Resolute Anvil’: Blake’s Response to Locke’ in Blake in the 90s
ed Clark and Worrall, Macmillan (1999)
‘’’The Lost Displays’’: Larkin and Empire’, in New Larkins for Old, ed. James Booth, Macmillan (1999)
‘The Graveyard School’, in The Graveyard School,ed Marie Roberts, Macmillan (1999)
‘’’To Bless the Lab’ring Mind’’: Akenside’s Response to Locke’, in Mark Akenside: New Essays, ed. Robin Dix, Associated UP (2000)
‘Romantic Empires’ , Textual Practice 15 (2001): review-article
‘’’Bang at the Moral Centre’’: Ideologies of Genre in Butor, Fussell and Raban’, Studies in Travel-Writing 4 (2001)
‘’’What’s Wrong with American History’: Imperial Dominance in Joseph Heller’s Catch-22’, Studies in Foreign Literature 20 (2001)
‘Leaving the Americans Out of the Picture: genre, ideology and empire in George Orwell and John le Carre’, Studies in Foreign Literature 21 (2002)
‘Prynne and the Movement’, special issue on J.H. Prynne, Jacket (2004)
‘Slavery, Empathy and Pornography’, special issue on trauma, European Journal of English Literature (2004): review-article
'Jerusalem as Imperial Prophecy' in Blake, Nation and Empire ed. Clark and Worrall, (Palgrave, 2006)
'"There is no Competition": Eliot on Blake, Blake in Eliot' in Blake, Modernity and Popular Culture, ed Clark and Whittaker (Palgrave, 2007)
'After the Bubble: Post-Imperial Tokyo' in Asian Crossings ed. Clark and Smethurst, (Hong Kong University Press, 2008)
‘”Some Heart once Pregnant with Celestial Fire”: Maternal Elegy in Gray and Barbauld’, in Liberating Medicine (2009)
‘Sentimental Blake’, Queer Blake, ed. Helen P. Bruder and Tristanne Connolly, Palgrave 2010
‘Late Ricoeur’, Theory Culture and Society 27.5 (2010)
“‘Only the Wings on his Heels’: Blake and Dylan” (with James Keery) in Blake 2.0 (2012)
‘”Visionary Forms Dramatic” in Blake and Baillie’, in A Firm Perswasion: Essays in English Romanticism, ed Hatsuko Niimi and Masashi Suzuki (Sairyu-sha, 2012)
‘Forward’ to Suzuyo Kamitani, Philip Larkin’s Dichotomies (Eihosha, 2012)
‘Blake’s Closet Drama’ in Blake, Gender and Sexuality, ed. Helen P. Bruder and Tristanne Connolly (Pickering & Chatto, 2012)


Steve Clark took a BA in English Literature and Ph.D at Cambridge University (1976-79; 1981-85). He was also a British Academy Post-Doc and fellow of the School of Advanced Studies of the University of London (1988-91; 1996-98). Research interests include William Blake and Romanticism; Critical Theory; Gender and Poetry: Post-Colonial Studies; Travel-Writing; Literature and Medicine; Digital Humanities; Science Fiction; Popular Culture and Music.