2020 applicants

Dr Jordan Savage

Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Dr Jordan Savage
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    5NW.4.4A, Colchester Campus

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I'm a graduate of Essex and Cambridge, and I've been teaching at Essex since 2015. I work in the field of U.S. poetry, and I'm particularly focussed around contemporary poetry, The Western (and writings from the American South-West), and intersectional Marxist-Feminist criticism. I am always happy to answer queries from current and prospective students. I welcome applications for doctoral students working in any of these fields, and in U.S. literature more broadly.


  • I hold a PhD from the University of Essex. My thesis, which considered the relationship between poetry and place in modern and contemporary U.S. poetry, was supervised by Professor Richard Gray and Professor Peter Hulme.

  • My MA in Wlid Writing: Literature and Environmental Science is also from Essex, and I graduated in 2011.

  • I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Cambridge, graduating with BA in English in 2008.


University of Essex

  • Lecturer in United States Literature, Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, University of Essex (1/9/2015 - present)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

avant-garde U.S. poetry

Open to supervise

literatures of the American South-West

Open to supervise

alternative knowledges

Open to supervise

feminist reading and writing practices

Open to supervise

environmental criticism

Open to supervise

Current research

A monograph entitled Locating Possibility: Utopia and Transformation in Modern American Place-Poetics. This project posits a genealogy of place-concerned poets in the USA, working on an anti-colonial agenda.Poets addressed in this project (chronologically): Hart Crane, Muriel Rukeyser, William Carlos Williams, Frank O'Hara, Charles Olson, Gary Snyder, Edward Dorn, Diane di Prima, Anne Waldman, Juliana Spahr.

I have articles forthcoming with the European Journal of American Culture, the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry, and Papers on Language and Literature.

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Crisis of the American Idea (CS261)

  • Contemporary Texts and Contexts (LT109)

  • Introduction to United States Literature (LT161)

  • Text Up Close: Reading for Criticism (LT182)

  • I, too, sing America: Identity, Diversity, and Voice in United States Literature (LT203)

  • Criticism: Practice and Theory (LT204)

  • Children's Fiction and the Turn to Young Adult Adventure (LT212)

  • Black Lives Represented: Writing, Art, Politics and Society (LT218)

  • The Story and Myth of the West (LT385)

  • The Humanities Graduate: Future Pathways (LT705)

  • Independent Literature Project (LT831)

  • Research Methods in Literary and Cultural Analysis (LT901)

  • The Modern City: From Modernism to Postmodernism (LT922)

  • United States Avant-Garde Poetry since 1950 (LT952)

  • Literature and the Environmental Imagination: 19th to 21st Century Poetry and Prose (LT978)

  • Independent Creative Writing Project (LT832)


Journal articles (4)

Savage, J., (2020). True Grit: Dirt, Subjectivity and the Female Body in Contemporary Westerns.. Zeitschrift fur Anglistik und Amerikanistik. 68 (1), 53-66

Savage, JK., (2018). "There Was a Veil Upon You, Pocahontas": The Pocahontas Story as a Myth of American Heterogeneity in the Liberal Western. Papers on Language and Literature. 54 (1), 7-24

Savage, JK., (2018). "I don't talk to the police except never": Anna Mendelssohn, Tom Raworth, and Anti-Confessional Life Writing. Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry. 10 (1)

Savage, JK., (2012). 'What the Hell Is a Flowery Boundary Tree?' Gunslinger, All the Pretty Horses and the Postmodern Western. Journal of American Studies. 46 (04), 997-1008


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