Christian Gelder, Corpus Christi

Degree: PhD
Course: 1830-PD
Supervisor: Dr Fiona Green
Dissertation Title:

"To Measure is All We Know": Modernism and the Science of Prosody


Biographical Information

From 2010-2013, I read for a B.A. at La Trobe University, and a B.A. (Hons 1) in English and Theatre Studies at The University of Melbourne, where my thesis was awarded the "Professor Morris Prize" for best faculty dissertation. Over the following two years, I completed an M.A. (Res) at The Centre for Modernism Studies, The University of New South Wales. There, I wrote my thesis on the poetry of Stéphane Mallarmé and mathematics. I am now entering the second year of a PhD at Cambridge, which is funded through a Cambridge International Scholarship. 

Research Interests

I write on poetry and poetics, contemporary French philosophy, the history of science and technology, and literary modernism. I also have an abiding interest in psychoanalysis. Currently, I am working on William Carlos Williams and scientific measurement.

Areas of Supervision

I teach into Practical Criticism and Critical Practice, and supervise for Part II Paper 16: History and Theory of Literary Criticism. I also supervise dissertations across part 1 and 2, mainly on 20th century poetry and/or literary theory. I would be very happy to hear from any students working in my areas of interest.

Selected Publications

I have published or translated work on contemporary philosophy, 19th and 20th century American and French poetry, and the history and philosophy of science. With Robert Boncardo, I am the author and editor of Mallarmé: Rancière, Milner, Badiou (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017), a book which contains interviews with the aforementioned philosophers, and an extended essay that situates their work on Mallarmé—and poetry more generally—in a larger philosophical tradition. Most recently, I authored a review-essay on materialist poetics: https://affirmationsmodern.com/articles/105/