Roberts, Andrew


  • Professor & Personal Chair of Modern Literature, English
  • United Kingdom

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Dr Roberts's research interests include:

  • contemporary poetry, especially Geoffrey Hill and avant-garde/'linguistically innovative' poetry, including digital poetry;
  • Modernist poetry and fiction, especially Mina Loy and Joseph Conrad;
  • theories of masculinity and psychoanalytical theory;
  • poetry and cognitive processes.

Dr Roberts is Principal Investigator and Project Leader for Poetry Beyond Text: Vision, Text and Cognition. This 2-year interdisciplinary project (2009-2011) is funded as part of the AHRC's Beyond Text Scheme, and uses critical, psychological and creative methodologies to the study works of art which combine text and images, including digital poetry, concrete poetry, artist books and poetry with photographs. The project team includes Dr Martin Fischer (Psychology, University of Dundee), Ms Mary Modeen (Fine Art, University of Dundee), Dr Anna Katharina Schaffner (Comparative Literature, University of Kent) and Dr Ulrich Weger (Psychology, University of Kent).  For an on-line discussion of the project, see the Poetry Beyond Text audio slideshow on YouTube.

Dr Roberts previously led a research team studying The effects of form and technique on cognition, aesthetic response and evaluation in reading poetry (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board Innovations Award Scheme), with Dr Jane Stabler (English, University of St Andrews) and Dr Martin Fischer (Psychology, University of Dundee). Forthcoming work includes: Poetry & Ethics (Liverpool University Press).

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Projects 2013 2019

Research Output 1996 2019

34 Downloads (Pure)

Time, Attention and the Gift in the Work of Thomas A. Clark

Roberts, A. M., 2019, In : Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry. 11, 1, p. 1-34 34 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Aesthetic Value
Nicolas Poussin
102 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access

The Effaced Poetic Text in Intermedial Art Works

Roberts, A., 2017, Dialogues on Poetry: Mediatization and New Sensibilities. Ringgaard, D. & Kjerkegaard, S. (eds.). 1 ed. Aalborg University Press, p. 13-17 5 p. (Studies in Contemporary Poetry; no. 4).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access

Book Objects from the Poetry Beyond Text Project: Texture and The Effaced Poetic Text

Roberts, A., 21 Nov 2014.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

W. J. T. Mitchell
Works of Art

Poetry in intermedial art works: commissions from the Poetry Beyond Text project

Roberts, A., 14 Aug 2014.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Works of Art
W. J. T. Mitchell
Medium Specificity

Activities 2011 2014

  • 2 Participation in conference
  • 1 Public engagement and outreach - festival/exhibition

CERCOP Conference: The New Perspectives on Contemporary Poetry

Andrew Michael Roberts (Participant)
29 Apr 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Poetry Beyond Text Exhibition, Scottish Poetry Library

Andrew Michael Roberts (Organiser)
13 May 201115 Jul 2011

Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - festival/exhibition


Self Against Others: A Psychoanalytical Reading of Harold Pinter's Work

Author: Fox, A., 2015

Supervisor: Roberts, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


'some particulars': The Poetry and Practice of Thomas A. Clark

Author: Tarbuck, A., 2018

Supervisor: Roberts, A. (Supervisor), Varvogli, A. (Supervisor) & Johnstone, J. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

Visual form, visible nature: radical landscape poetry and Romantic environmental aesthetics

Author: Widger, E., 2018

Supervisor: Roberts, A. (Supervisor) & Macdonald, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy