Chloe Pinto, Pembroke

Degree: PhD
Course: CC
Supervisor: Dr Alex Houen
Dissertation Title: Ahrtvork: Aesthetics and Anti-Semitism in Ezra Pound's Work and Thought

Research Interests

My doctoral research project investigates the relationship between art and antisemitism in Ezra Pound’s work and thought. I examine how Pound’s economic and political activity became saturated by an overarching concern with visual culture, and my research lies at the intersection between the poetics of prejudice and the interaction between text, ideology and image. My PhD is supervised by Dr Alex Houen, and is generously funded by the AHRC DTP. 

Before beginning my undergraduate degree, I worked in film production. I graduated as Valedictorian from the New College of the Humanities with a BA in English (First), and was awarded the University of London Sir Charles Harris Prize for achieving the highest overall degree results worldwide. Following this, I completed the MSt in Literature (1900 - The Present Day) at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford (Distinction). I was a 2020 Scholar-in-Residence, and am a current Research Fellow, at the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP). 

My academic interests include: visual culture; the history of antisemitism and the Holocaust; modernism; Jewish literature; film theory; art history; psychoanalysis; genetic criticism; avant-garde poetics; prison and protest literature; contemporary American fiction; popular culture; representations of sexual violence in literature and film; gender/sexuality; critical theory.

Particular authors and theorists include: Ezra Pound; Susan Sontag; Toni Morrison; Jean Genet; Samuel Beckett; Allen Ginsberg; Theodor W. Adorno; Tao Lin; Jacques Lacan; Sigmund Freud; Hélène Cixous; Frantz Fanon and others.

Areas of Supervision

I currently teach or have taught: Practical Criticism and Critical Practice and for Part II, Paper 16: History and Theory of Literary Criticism. I also supervise Part I, Paper 7B: English Literature 1870 to Present, Part II Paper 14: American Literature, and Part II, Paper 18: Visual Culture.

I supervise dissertations across Part I and II on literature, theory and film.  I have also supervised postgraduate work for the Medieval and Modern Languages Faculty on critical theory, and have previously lectured on prison literature. I would be very happy to hear from any student whose research falls within my areas of interest.

Selected Publications

‘Canto 91' in: Readings in the Cantos: Volume Three, ed. John Gery and Richard Parker, (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2020) [forthcoming].