Prof Drew Milne, Corpus Christi



Research Interests

Comparative drama, poetry and critical theory, with an emphasis on modernism and its legacies in contemporary writing, especially Samuel Beckett, and aspects of Renaissance drama, such as Shakespeare in performance. Current research projects include studies of: ecological poetics and politics; performance and performance criticism; modernist poetics; Shakespeare in performance; Marxist literary theory; contemporary poetry and poetics; and recent British drama.

Areas of Graduate Supervision

Eco-poetics and Ecocritical Theory; comparative drama, political theatre and performance analysis; Marxist Literary Theory; Modernism and legacies of modernism in contemporary writing. Some authors of special interest include: Samuel Beckett, Gertrude Stein, Mina Loy, Djuna Barnes, Hugh MacDiarmid, W.S. Graham, Frank O'Hara, I.H. Finlay, Muriel Spark, John Cage, Susan Howe, Harold Pinter, and Caryl Churchill. More loosely defined areas of interest include contemporary British and American poetry and poetics; Shakespeare in performance; and modern Scottish writing. 

Selected Publications

  • Drew Milne, 'Hugh MacDiarmid’s modernisms: Synthetic Scots and the spectre of Robert Burns', in Regional Modernisms (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013), eds., Neal Alexander and James Moran, pp. 142-159.
  • Drew Milne, 'Performance over being: Frank O'Hara's Artifice', in Textual Practice, vol. 25, no. 2, April 2011, 297-313.
  • Drew Milne, 'Politics and Modernist Poetics', in Teaching Modernist Poetry, eds. Peter Middleton and Nicky Marsh (London, Palgrave, 2010).
  • Drew Milne, 'Muriel Spark's crimes of wit', in Edinburgh Companion to Muriel Spark, eds. Willy Maley and Michael Gardiner (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University press, 2010).
  • Drew Milne 'Neo-modernism and avant-garde orientations', in A Concise Companion to Postwar British and Irish Poetry, eds. Nigel Alderman and C.D. Blanton (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), pp. 155-75.
  • Drew Milne, 'Modernist poetry in the British Isles', in The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Poetry, eds. Alex Davis and Lee M. Jenkins (Cambridge: CUP, 2007), pp., 147-162.
  • Drew Milne, "Processual Performance: Critical Notes on Adorno's Autonomous Artwork", As Radical as Reality Itself: Essays on Marxism and Art for the 21st Century, eds. Matthew Beaumont, Andrew Hemingway, Esther Leslie, John Roberts (Peter Lang AG, 2007, 347-66.
  • Drew Milne (ed), Modern Critical Thought: An Anthology of Theorists Writing on Theorists (Oxford: Blackwell, 2003)
  • Drew Milne, Go Figure (Camberidge: Salt, 2003)
  • Drew Milne, Mars Disarmed (Great Barrington, MA.: The Figures, 2002).
  • Drew Milne, "The Beautiful Soul: from Hegel to Beckett", Diacritics 32.1, 2002, 63-82
  • Drew Milne, "What becomes of the broken-hearted: 'King Lear' and the Dissociation of Sensibility", Shakespeare Survey, 2002, 53-66
  • Drew Milne, "Flaming Robes: Keats, Shelley and the metrical clothes of class struggle", Textual Practice 15.1, 2001, 101-21
  • Drew Milne, The Damage: new and selected poems (Cambridge: Salt, 2001).
  • Drew Milne, Bench Marks (London: Alfred David Editions, 1998)
  • Drew Milne, ed. Marxist Literary Theory: A Reader, co-edited with Terry Eagleton (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1996).
  • Drew Milne, Sheet Mettle (London: Aflred David Editions, 1994)