Andrew Palmer joined Canterbury Christ Church in 1996 as a lecturer in modern and contemporary literature.
He currently leads four modules: Literature, Memory and the First World War (MA), Topics in Contemporary Literature: Literature & Power 1958-68 (Year 3), Modern Literature and the First World War (Year 2), Texts & Contexts: Romanticism to Post-modernism and Literature Comes Alive (both Year 1).
In 2003, he instigated the MA in Creative Writing, and acted as its Programme Director for eight years. From 2011 to 2015, he was Programme Director of the Single Honours BA programme in English Literature. In 2013, he was Acting Head of Department for English and Language Studies. He is now the Programme Director for the MA in English Literature.
He has worked as an external examiner or consultant at Edge Hill University, Southampton Solent University, the University of Huddersfield, the University of Hertfordshire and St. Martin’s College, Lancaster.
Research and knowledge exchange
Dr Palmer is the co-author, with Sally Minogue, of The Remembered Dead: Poetry, Memory and the First World War (Cambridge University Press, 2018). This monograph interrogates notions of remembrance, mourning and commemoration as expressed, enacted and questioned in poetry arising from the First World War.
He and Dr Minogue have also contributed a chapter, ‘Modernism and First World War Poetry: Alternative Lines’, to the volume A History of Modernist Poetry (Ed. Alex Davis and Lee Jenkins, Cambridge University Press, 2015).
He was one of the curators of the exhibition Remembering, we Forget: Poets, Artists and the First World War at the Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, November-December 2014. In this role, he contributed to the overall design and content, co-edited a related publication (of the same name), contributed an essay to that publication and delivered a public lecture in the gallery.
In October 2014, he was involved in the Letterpress Re-imagined Project at Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens, a series of workshops and events led by one of our PhD students. The project revolved around a restored Minerva letterpress, the same model used by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press. A team of volunteers produced a limited edition of Sackville-West’s poem ‘Sissinghurst’, for which Dr Palmer wrote a brief introduction. He also delivered a paper on the poem at the project’s final event, a one-day symposium, held at Sissinghurst on 29 October 2014.
Current/recent PhD and MA by Research supervision: A reassessment of Mary Borden; Elizabeth Bowen and 'the eye'; psychogeography and contemporary fiction.
Teaching and subject expertise
Dr Palmer’s research and teaching are focused on Twentieth Century literature of war, modernism, and the politics of/in fiction. He welcomes enquiries from prospective MPhil and PhD students in these areas.
Some of his cornerstone texts over the years have been: the collected poems of Isaac Rosenberg and Wilfred Owen, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, Katherine Mansfield’s The Garden Party and Other Stories, Aldous Huxley’s Eyeless in Gaza, David Jones’s In Parenthesis, Jean Rhys’s Good Morning Midnight, Keith Douglas's Complete Poems, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-four, Sylvia Plath’s The Colossus, Alan Sillitoe’s Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Christopher Isherwood's A Single Man, Seamus Heaney’s Field Work, Tony Harrison’s The School of Eloquence, Art Spiegelman’s Maus: A Survivor’s Tale and Thom Gunn’s The Man With Night Sweats.
‘Woolf’s Politicians’. Virginia Woolf, Europe and Peace (28th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf). University of Kent, 21-24 June, 2018.
‘‘The castle and the rose’: forging inherited space in the poetry of Vita Sackville-West’. Arts & Humanities Faculty Research Conference: Landscape, Space, and Place. Canterbury Christ Church University, 30 May, 2018.
‘Disquieting matter’: the unburied corpse in the poetry of Keith Douglas. The Human Body and WW2. University of Oxford, 23-24 March, 2018.
‘Pat Barker in “’The Smokey Cellar of the Forester’s House’”: reimagining Wilfred Owen’. Twenty-five Years of Regeneration: A Pat Barker Symposium, Durham University, 15 October 2016.
‘Remembering, we Forget; Poets, Artists and the First World War’. A public Lecture, delivered with Dr Sally Minogue (during the exhibition of the same name) at the Sidney Cooper Gallery, 3 December 2014.
‘Vita Sackville-West’s “Sissinghurst’’: the politics and the poetry’. Delivered at the Letterpress Re-imagined Symposium, Sissinghurst Castle, 29 October 2014.
‘David Jones, Isaac Rosenberg and Mythical Methods’. Delivered at the English Association Conference, British Poetry of the First World War, at Wadham College, Oxford University, September 2014.
‘Battlefield Tours and Public Memorials in the Poetry of the First World War’. Delivered at World War One as a Visitor Attraction, a symposium in the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences, Canterbury Christ Church University, October 2013.
‘David Jones, Isaac Rosenberg and the “Mythic Method”.’ Paper delivered at the Alternative Modernisms Conference, Cardiff University, May 2013.
‘The market and the do-gooders: the effects of conglomeration and intervention in the world of literary fiction.’ Paper delivered at Publishing Futures in the Global Marketplace. Angela Ruskin University, May 2010.
‘“In the Shade of a Ghost Gum”: Bruce Chatwin and the Rhetoric of the Desert.’ Paper delivered by invitation at The Chatwin Symposium, New College, Oxford, July 2008.
Publications and research outputs
‘“Very slowly into my own tongue": Virginia Woolf’s rethinking of the politican.’ Virginia Woolf, Europe and Peace: Transnational Circulations. Ed. Ariane Mildenberg and Patricia Novillo-Corvalán. Clemson: Clemson University Press, 2020 (forthcoming).
The Remembered Dead: Poery, Memory and the First World War. (With Sally Minogue). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
'"Friend with the musing eye": persuasion and dissonance in ‘call to arms’ poems of the First World War'. Writings of Persuasion and Dissonance in the Great War: ‘That Better Whiles May Follow Worse’ . Ed. Cris Pividori and David Owen. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2016.
‘Modernism and First World War Poetry: Alternative Lines.’ (With Sally Minogue). A History of Modernist Poetry. Ed. Alex Davis and Lee Jenkins. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015.
‘Wine and Blood, Stone and Petrol: Remembering Dead Soldiers’. Essay in exhibition catalogue for Remembering, we Forget: Poets, Artists and the First World War (Sidney Cooper Gallery 11 November-17 December 2014).
‘“In a Land that I Love”: Working-Class Identity and the End of Empire in Ray Davies’ Arthur or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire.’ Forthcoming in Popular Music & Society 36.4 (Online: November 2013).
‘“Horrors Here Smile”: the poem, the photograph and the punctum’ (with Sally Minogue). Forthcoming in Word & Image 29.1 (Spring 2013).
‘“In the shade of a ghost gum”: Bruce Chatwin and the Rhetoric of the Desert.’ English 60.231 (Winter 2011).
‘Memorial Poems and the Poetics of Memorializing’ (with Sally Minogue). Journal of Modern Literature 34.1 (Fall 2010).
‘Confronting the Abject: Women and Dead Babies in Modern English Fiction’ (with Sally Minogue). Journal of Modern Literature 29.3 (Spring 2006).
‘Helter skelter, topsy-turvey and “loonycolour”: carnivalesque realism in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’ (with Sally Minogue). English 51.200 (2002).