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Professor Christopher McCully

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Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Professor Christopher McCully

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Biography

Chris worked full-time at the University of Manchester until 2003, where he specialised in teaching and research relating to the history and structure of the English language. At the same time, he ran consecutive series of poetry readings and talks at what was then the Manchester Poetry Centre. Between 2003-13 he worked in the Netherlands, dividing his time between freelance writing and university work, including the inception of the Graduate School for the Humanities at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, where Chris was Managing Director. In 2013 he came to live and work in Essex, where he combines university work with freelance writing. Chris has written, co-authored or edited over twenty books. His most recent single-author collection of verse is Serengeti Songs (Carcanet, 2016); a new translation of Beowulf together with an extended prose Afterword appeared from Carcanet in 2018. A book of travel essays, Four Places, appeared from the Muscaliet Press, 2018. In 2018 Chris also completed a further book-length typescript, Stour Diaries, about the angling, ecology and culture of the Stour valley; this title is expected to appear from the Medlar Press in 2019 or 2020. At present he is working on a set of analyses of English poetic form (The Fretted Muse); he has also completed a new collection of poems (working title The English Funerals). Many of these publications are destined for Carcanet Press, with whom Chris retains strong links. Chris is also, if slowly, preparing a new collection of poems (working title A Few Late Wasps) which will open a volume of Collected Poems, expected from Carcanet probably in 2022 or 2023. Other work underway in 2019 includes two further books, Names of the Fish (in British and Irish Freshwaters) - a work of lexicography - and what will probably be the last of Chris's angling and environmental books, The River of All the Goodbyes. This last title focusses on the ecology of the River Wharfe, in Chris's native Yorkshire. Both these titles will be sent up to The Medlar Press, with whom, like Carcanet, Chris retains strong links. He is also an Honorary Senior Research Fellow of the Faculty of Arts, University of Manchester. Until 2017 he was the founder and co-director of the Modern Literary Archives Programme at the John Rylands University Library and the instigator (and one of the convenors) of the annual Rylands Reading Over the past thirty years Chris has contributed many articles, essays, reviews and research papers to academic journals spanning linguistics, philology, stylistics and literature. Chris's most recent academic essays, which have appeared in PNReview, are on Joseph Conrad ('Conrad, culture, civilisation') and on closure and English metrics ('Counting, closure and prosody', 2017). Chris continues to supervise research (PhD) candidates. He is particularly interested to work with researchers who wish to specialise in the origins and development of poetic forms in English. Personal website: www.chrismccully.co.uk

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) University of Newcastle upon Tyne,

  • PhD University of Manchester,

Appointments

University of Essex

  • Senior Lecturer, Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, University of Essex (1/10/2017 - present)

Other academic

  • Senior Lecturer, English and American Studies, University of Manchester (1/1/1994 - 30/9/2003)

  • Lecturer, English and American Studies, University of Manchester (1/10/1985 - 31/12/1993)

  • Lecturer (0.4fte), Engels, VU University Amsterdam (1/10/2003 - 1/7/2007)

  • Lecturer, Engels, University of Groningen (1/8/2007 - 30/8/2013)

  • Visiting professor, English, University of California Los Angeles (1/9/1995 - 31/12/1995)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

The history of literatures in English

Open to supervise

history of the English language

Open to supervise

phonology and verseform

Open to supervise

representations of home in literature

Open to supervise

Current research

Chris's academic research focusses on English poetic form across almost all periods. In 2015 he convened a workshop on metrics (University of Essex) and will be developing the themes explored in that workshop over the next few years. He is also closely involved in the development of a new research strand which is exploring representations of 'home' in literature.

Conferences and presentations

2016 Reading (poems), feva (Knaresborough Literary Festival - August)

2016

2016 Serengeti Songs launched at Essex Book Festival

United Kingdom, 2016

2016 'Beowulf's homecoming'. Talk at Essex Book Festival

United Kingdom, 2016

2015 'Closure and the impossibility of prosody'. Metrics workshop, University of Essex.

Colchester, United Kingdom, 2015

2015 Reading (poems), Essex Book Festival

United Kingdom, 2015

2014 Reading (poems), Mere Literary Festival

2014

2014 'Beowulf: the monsters and the translators'. Talk, Departmental research seminar, University of Essex

Colchester, United Kingdom, 2014

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Text Up Close: Reading for Criticism (LT182)

  • The Writer's Toolkit (LT191)

  • Writing Structures (LT209)

Previous supervision

Jeremy Samuel Richard Solnick
Jeremy Samuel Richard Solnick
Thesis title: 'Rivonia'
Degree subject: Creative Writing
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 27/9/2019

Publications

Journal articles (15)

McCully, CB., (2017). Beginning with endings: An essay on prosody. Pn Review. 237, 55-61

McCully, C., (2014). Culture, Civilisation, Conrad. PN Review. 219, 36-41

McCully, CB., (2003). Towards a theory of poetic change. Language and Literature. 12 (1), 5-25

McCully, C., (2002). Exaptation and English stress. Language Sciences. 24 (3-4), 323-344

McCully, CB., (2001). More on Memes. PN Review. 28 (2 [142]), 30-33

Twose, G. and McCully, CB., (2001). Adverbial function in English verse: the case of thus. Language and Literature. 10 (4), 291-306

Twose, G. and McCully, CB., (2001). Adverbial function in English verse: The case of thus. Language and Literature. 10 (4), 291-306

McCully, CB., (2000). Writing under the influence: Milton and Wordsworth, mind and metre. Language and Literature. 9 (3), 195-214

Halkyard, SK. and McCully, CB., (1995). 'Thoughts of Inventive Brains and the Rich Effusions of Deep Hearts': Some of the Twentieth-Century Literary Archives of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester. Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester. 77 (2), 105-121

McCully, CB. and Hogg, RM., (1994). Dialect Variation and Historical Metrics. Diachronica International Journal for Historical Linguistics. Founded by E.F.K. Koerner, General Editor, 1984–2001. 11 (1), 13-34

McCully, CB., (1993). The English alliterative tradition. Lingua. 89 (4), 353-360

McCully, CB., (1991). NON-LINEAR PHONOLOGY AND ELIZABETHAN PROSODY. Transactions of the Philological Society. 89 (1), 1-35

McCully, CB. and Hogg, RM., (1990). An account of Old English stress. Journal of Linguistics. 26 (02), 315-315

McCully, CB. and Holmes, M., (1988). Some notes on the structure of acronyms. Lingua. 74 (1), 27-43

McCully, CB., (1984). On old English verse rhythm: A reply. English Studies. 65 (5), 385-391

Books (5)

McCully, C., (2018). Four Places. Muscaliet Press. 978-1-912616-01-5

Mccully, C., (2018). Beowulf. Carcanet Press. 1784106224. 9781784106225

McCully, C., (2016). Serengeti Songs. Carcanet Press. 978 1 784102 52 4

McCully, C., (2009). The Sound Structure of English. Cambridge University Press. 9780511819650

Hogg, R. and McCully, CB., (1987). Metrical Phonology: A Coursebook. Cambridge UP

Book chapters (8)

McCully, C. and Denison, D., (2011). Introduction to Part I. In: Analysing Older English. Cambridge University Press. 7- 14. 9781139022170

McCully, C., (2011). Introduction to Part II. In: Analysing Older English. Cambridge University Press. 59- 62. 9781139022170

Bermúdez-Otero, R., Denison, D., Hogg, RM. and McCully, CB., (2011). Preface. In: Generative Theory and Corpus Studies. DE GRUYTER MOUTON. v- xvi. 9783110166873

McCully, CB., (2002). What ’s afoot with word-final C?. In: Sounds, Words, Texts and Change. John Benjamins Publishing Company. 173- 187. 9781588111968

McCully, CB., (1997). Stress, survival and change: Old to Middle English. In: Studies in Middle English Linguistics. DE GRUYTER MOUTON. 283- 300. 9783110152425

McCully, CB., (1996). Domain-End Phenomena and Metrical Templates in Old English Verse. In: English Historical Metrics. Cambridge UP. 42- 58. 9780521554640

McCully, CB., (1994). A Kind of Witness: The Poet's Voice and Poetic Craft. In: In Black and Gold: Contiguous Traditions in Post-War British and Irish Poetry. Rodopi. 303- 326. 9789051836752

McCully, CB., (1992). The Phonology of Resolution in OE Word-Stress and Metre. In: Evidence for Old English: Material and Theoretical Bases for Reconstruction. Donald. 117- 141

Thesis dissertation (1)

McCully, CB., The Phonology of English Rhythm and Metre, with Special Reference to Old English

Other (4)

McCully, C., (2014).'Salting, Spurn' & 'State Your Denomination',Angle, Journal of Poetry in English

(2000).Generative Theory and Corpus Studies. Generative Theory and Corpus Studies: A Dialogue from 10 ICEHL,DE GRUYTER MOUTON

(1996).English Historical Metrics,Cambridge UP

(1994).The Poet's Voice and Craft,Carcanet

Contact

cmccully@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872245

Location:

5NW.4.6, Colchester Campus

More about me
Personal website: http://www.chrismccully.co.uk/