Roberts, Andrew


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


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Personal profile


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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Research Output

Lyric, Awkwardness and Music in Geoffrey Hill and Denise Riley

Roberts, A., 2019, Strangeness and Power: Essays on the Poetry of Geoffrey Hill. Roberts, A. (ed.). Bristol, UK: Shearsman Books, p. 98-133 36 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Strangeness and Power: Essays on the Poetry of Geoffrey Hill

Roberts, A. (ed.), 2019, Bristol, UK: Shearsman Books. 300 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • 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
  • 82 Downloads (Pure)

    Walking, Identity and Visual Perception in Romantic and Modernist Literature

    Roberts, A. M. & Widger, E., Sep 2019, Distributed Cognition in Victorian Culture and Modernism. Anderson, M., Garratt, P. & Sprevak, M. (eds.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, (Edinburgh History of Distributed Cognition).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
    130 Downloads (Pure)


    • 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