Dr Ian Patterson, Queens'




Biographical Information

I received my BA in English from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1969 and returned to academia to do my PhD (https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/244805) in the 1990s. I held a Junior Research Fellowship at King's College, Cambridge from 1995 to 1999; since 1999 I have been a Fellow of Queens' College where, until 2018, I directed studies for Part II of the Tripos. I have now retired from teaching, and am a Life Fellow of Queens'.

Twitter: @paftersnu

Web site: http://ianpatterson.typepad.com/

Research Interests

Modernism, twentieth-century and contemporary literature, especially poetry. I have written on, and have a continuing interest in, poetry in the modernist tradition in Britain and the USA; contemporary fiction; literature and politics in the 1930s and after; literature and war, including pacifism and the Spanish Civil War; little magazines; forgotten writers; translation; psychoanalysis; Proust; and prosody. I'm interested in arguments about literary value, and the historical and cultural conditions of literary production, as well as in historical poetics. 

Selected Publications


  • Ian Patterson, 'Two Librettists: Montagu Slater and Ronald Duncan', in Vicki P. Stroeher and Justin Vickers (eds.), Benjamin Britten in Context, Cambridge University Press, 2022
  • Ian Patterson, To Account For, Face Press, 2021
  • Ian Patterson, 'The Penny's Mighty Sacrifice', in Alex Houen and Jan-Melissa Schramm (eds.), Sacrifice and Modern War Literature: The Battle of Waterloo to the War on Terror, Oxford University Press, 2018
  • Ian Patterson, Bound To Be, Equipage, 2017
  • Ian Patterson, Spare Rimes, Cambridge, 2017
  • Ian Patterson, Still Life, Hunstanton: Oystercatcher, 2015
  • Ian Patterson, Time Dust, Cambridge: Equipage, 2015
  • Ian Patterson, 'Langue-in-Cheek: reading & writing between the lines', Thinking Verse [thinkingverse.com] vol. 4, no. 2, February 2015, 67-79
  • Ian Patterson, ‘The Revenge for Love’ in Andrzej Gasiorek and Nathan Waddell (eds), Wyndham Lewis: a critical guide, Edinburgh University Press, 2015
  • Laura Ashe and Ian Patterson, eds., War and Literature (Essays and Studies 14), Boydell & Brewer, 2014
  • Ian Patterson,  'No man is an I: recent developments in the lyric', in Marion Thain (ed.) The Lyric Poem: Formations and Transformations, Cambridge University Press, 2013
  • Ian Patterson, 'The Translation of Soviet Literature: John Rodker and PresLit', in Rebecca Beasley and Philip Bullock, eds., Russia in Britain 1880-1940: From Melodrama to Modernism, Oxford University Press, 2013
  • Ian Patterson, 'Pacifists and Conscientious Objectors', in Adam Piette and Mark Rawlinson, eds., The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century British and American War Literature, Edinburgh University Press, 2012
  • Ian Patterson, 'New York Poets: Folder (1953–6); Neon (1954–60); and Yugen (1958–62)', in Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker, eds., The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines: Vol. II North America 1894-1960, Oxford University Press, 2012
  • Ian Patterson, 'John Rodker, Julius Ratner and Wyndham Lewis: The Split-Man Writes Back', in Andrzej Gasiorek, Alice Reeve-Tucker and Nathan Waddell (eds.), Wyndham Lewis and the Cultures of Modernity, Ashgate, 2011
  • Ian Patterson, 'Time, Free Verse, and the Gods of Modernism', in Tradition, Translation, Trauma. The Classic and the Modern, eds. Jan Parker and Timothy Mathews, Oxford University Press, 2011
  • Ian Patterson, 'Wild Geese Over the Mountains: Melodrama and the Sublime in the English Imaginary 1933–9’, Tate Papers, 13 (Spring, 2010)
  • Ian Patterson, ‘Containers, Pulses, Lentils: Tel Quel and Veronica Forrest-Thomson’, Kenyon Review Online, (December 2009)
  • Ian Patterson, The Glass Bell, Barque Press, 2009
  • Ian Patterson, ‘Born Again, Born Better: Text Generation and Reading Strategies in Michael Kindellan and Reitha Pattison, Word is Born', in Robin Purves and Sam Ladkin (eds.), Complicities: British Poetry 1945-2007, Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2007
  • Ian Patterson, Guernica and Total War, Profile Books and Harvard University Press, 2007
  • Ian Patterson, '"Fool's Bracelet"', in Keston Sutherland (ed.), For J.H. Prynne: In Celebration, 24th June 2006, Quid 17, Barque Press2006 
  • Ian Patterson, 'Denzil Dunnett and Oxford Poetry in the 1930s', introduction to Denzil Dunnett, Wounds, BookArt, 2006
  • Ian Patterson, 'Modern History and Socio-Political Theory', The Oxford History of Literary Translation in English, vol. 4 (1790-1900), eds. Peter France and Kenneth Haynes, Oxford University Press, 2006
  • Marcel Proust, Finding Time Again [In Search of Lost Time, vol. 6], edited and translated by Ian Patterson, Penguin, 2003
  • Ian Patterson, Time to Get Here: Selected Poems 1969-2002, Salt, 2003
  • Ian Patterson, 'Writing on Other Fronts: Translation and John Rodker', Translation and Literature 12 Part 1, 2003, 88-113
  • Ian Patterson, 'Bad Dreams and Secret Artists: translating Freud into Literature', Psychoanalysis and History 4.2 (Summer 2002), 2002, 127-140
  • Ian Patterson, 'The Plan Behind the Plan: Russians, Jews and Mythologies of Change', in Laura Marcus and Bryan Cheyette (eds.), Modernity, Culture and "The Jew", Polity Press and Stanford University Press, 1998.
  • Charles Fourier, The Theory of the Four Movements (1809), edited and translated by Ian Patterson, with an introduction by Gareth Stedman Jones, Cambridge University Press, 1996.
  • Ian Patterson, 'Beneath the Surface: Apes, Bodies and Readers', in Paul Edwards (ed.), Volcanic Heaven: Essays on Wyndham Lewis’s Painting and Writing, Santa Rosa, California: Black Sparrow Press, 1996.  
  • Ian Patterson, '"the medium itself, rabbit by proxy": some thoughts about reading J.H.Prynne', in Denise Riley (ed.) Poets on Writing. Britain, 1970-1991, Macmillan, 1992.