Dr Mina Gorji, Pembroke




Biographical Information

I was born in Tehran and grew up in London. Having completed a BA in English at Trinity, Cambridge, I went on to do graduate work at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford where I took an MPhil in Romanticism and a DPhil. I then held a Career Development Fellowship at Wadham College, Oxford and after that a Fellowship by Examination at Magdalen College, Oxford. I am currently a University Senior Lecturer in English and Co- Director of the Centre for John Clare Studies.

Research Interests

My main research interests are in the literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth century, especially poetry, and I have an abiding interest in the poetry of John Clare.  My current project is a study of Romantic Listening, an exploration of the forms and significance of listening in Romantic period poetry.  Other interests include literary language, environmental poetics, working-class poetry, literature and popular culture, materiality and sound, shorter lyric forms (including nursery rhyme) and the writings of Christina Rossetti. I am also a practicing poet with an interest in contemporary poetry.  My first collection, "The Art of Escape", will be published by Carcanet in 2020.

Areas of Graduate Supervision

Eighteenth-century and Romantic literature and culture. Authors of particular interest include: Clare, Keats, Wordsworth, Byron, Burns, Hone, Hazlitt, Rossetti. Areas of Interest include: working class literature and print culture, poetics, literary allusion, polite and popular culture, literary language, nature writing, pastoral, canon formation, literature and national identities, primitivism, Lyric. I contributes to teaching and supervision for the MPhil in 18th Century and Romantic Studies.

Selected Publications

  •  Class and Canon: Constructing Labouring-Class Poetry and Poetics, 1780-1900, ed. Mina Gorji and Kirstie Blair, Palgrave, November 2012
  • ‘John Clare and the Triumph of Little Things’, Class and Canon: Constructing Labouring-Class Poetry and Poetics, 1780-1900, ed. Mina Gorji and Kirstie Blair, Palgrave, November 2012
  • ‘John Clare’s Weeds’, Ecology and the Literature of the British Left, ed. John Rignall, H. Gustav Klaus and Valentine Cunningham, Ashgate, 2012, pp. 61-7
  • ‘Burns’s Sentiments: Gray, Milton and ‘To a Mountain Daisy’, Burns and Other Poets. ed. David Sergeant and Fiona Stafford, Edinburgh University Press, 2012, pp.67-79
  • ‘John Clare and the Poetics of Mess’, Moveable Type, Number 5, 2009, http://www.ucl.ac.uk/english/graduate/Mina Gorji
  •  John Clare and the Place of Poetry, Liverpool University Press, 2009

  •  'Everyday Poetry: William Hone's Popular Anthology', Romanticism and Popular Culture, Ed. Phillip Connell and Nigel Leask, 2008
  •  Rude Britannia, Ed. Mina Gorji, Routledge, 2007
  •  "Gothic Heritage", TEXTUS 2/2007, Nation(s) and Cultural Heritage, Ed. Maria Rita Cifarelli and Jane Garnett, 2007
  • "John Gay, The Shepherd's Week", A Companion to Eighteenth Century Poetry, Ed. Christine Gerrard, Blackwell Publishing, 2006, 145-156
  • "Burying Bloomfield: Poetical Remains and 'the unlettered' muse'", Robert Bloomfield: Lyric, Class, and the Romantic Canon, ed. Simon White, John Goodridge and Bridget Keegan, Bucknell University Press, 2006, 232-252
  •  "Clareâ��s Merry England", John Clare Society Journal 25, 2005, 2-24
  • "Clare's Awkwardness", Essays in Criticism 54.3, 2004, 216-39
  •  "The Savage in Our City: Interrogating Civility at the Royal Academy", Third Text 66, 2004, 41-50
  •  "Writing out of 'Inclosure': John Clare, the 'Old Poets' and The London Magazine", John Clare: New Approaches, Ed. John Goodridge and Simon Kovesi, 2000