Dr Daniel Weston

Dr Daniel Weston PhD (Nottingham), MA (Nottingham), BA (York), PCAP (Hull), FHEA

Dr Daniel Weston

Dr Daniel Weston
PhD (Nottingham), MA (Nottingham), BA (York), PCAP (Hull), FHEA

Senior Lecturer

Department of Literature, Language and Theatre

Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities

Dr Daniel Weston began working at the University of Greenwich in November 2015. Before this he was a lecturer at the University of Hull and a teaching fellow at the University of Nottingham. He studied for his MA and PhD at the University of Nottingham after his BA at the University of York. Daniel has interests spanning the period from modernism through the post-war era to the contemporary. His research has chiefly focused on representations of landscape, place, and environment in literary texts, with particular emphasis on contemporary writing in a number of different forms (poetry, fiction, non-fiction). He is interested in literary theory and interdisciplinary methodologies, and has worked to integrate literary studies and cultural geography. Other work has considered experimental novels, poetry manifestos, and the relationship between ecology and literary form. His newest work concerns animals in modern and contemporary poetry.

Daniel is programme leader for MA English: Literary London.

He teaches on the following courses:


Contemporary Writing and Critical Theory

Literary Forms of Representation

Literature in Context: Poetry and Drama


Imagining the Metropolis

Text and Intertextuality

Unreal City: London and Modernity

Daniel is also an Academic Conduct Officer in the Faculty.

Much of Daniel's research focuses on literary representations of landscape, place, and environment. His first monograph, Contemporary Literary Landscapes: The Poetics of Experience, was published with Ashgate in January 2016. The monograph surveys late-20th- and 21st-century landscape-writing across poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction by way of extended case studies of five writers: Ciaran Carson, Kathleen Jamie, Robert Macfarlane, WG Sebald, and Iain Sinclair. The research is interdisciplinary and looks to critical paradigms from literary criticism and cultural geography to devise new ways of thinking about landscape writing. A number of other publications have also flowed out of this longstanding interest.

Other work has resulted in publications addressing experimental novels of the 21st century, poetry manifestos, the city (especially London) in literature, ecology and poetic form, and other topics (single author studies and wide ranging surveys). Daniel's newest work concerns animals in modern and contemporary poetry.


Contemporary Literary Landscapes: the Poetics of Experience. Farnham: Ashgate, 2016.

Refereed Journal Articles

'Contemporary poetic ecologies and a return to form'. C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-century Writings 4.1 (2016): 1-24.

'"Against the grand project": Iain Sinclair's local London'. Contemporary Literature 56.2 (2015): 255-279.

'D.H. Lawrence and literary geography: the edgelands of The Rainbow'. Journal of D.H. Lawrence Studies 3.1 (2012): 29-45.

'The spatial supplement: landscape and perspective in W.G. Sebald's The Rings of Saturn'. Cultural Geographies 18.2 (2011): 171-186.

'A sustained movement: Philip Larkin's poetics of consensus'. Textual Practice 24.2 (2010): 313-330.

Chapters in Books

'Manifestos and poetics/Poets on writing'. The Blackwell Companion to British and Irish Poetry, 1960-2010. Ed. Wolfgang Görtschacher and David Malcolm. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2017. Forthcoming.

'W.G. Sebald's afterlives: haunting contemporary landscape writing'. Haunted Landscapes: Super-Nature and the Environment. Ed. Ruth Heholt and Niamh Downing. London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. 167-179.

'Generic discontinuities and variations'. The 2000s: A Decade of Contemporary British Fiction. Ed. Nick Bentley, Nick Hubble, and Leigh Wilson. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015. 173-198.

'Nature writing and the environmental imagination'. The Cambridge Companion to British Fiction since 1945. Ed. David James. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 110-126.

'Plots: the narratives of place in contemporary nature writing'. Affective Landscapes in Literature, Art and Everyday Life. Ed. Christine Berberich, Neil Campbell, and Robert Hudson. Farnham: Ashgate, 2015. 173-185.

'"I know this labyrinth so well": narrative mappings in the poetry of Ciaran Carson'. Poetry & Geography: Space and Place in Post-War Poetry. Ed. Neal Alexander and David Cooper. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2013. 105-119.


'Landscape writing in fiction and other prose since 1945'. Oxford Research Encyclopedia. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. Forthcoming.

'Overview: British creative nonfiction – the development of the genre'. British Creative Nonfiction. Gale Researcher. Andover: Cengage Learning, 2017. Forthcoming.

'Robert Macfarlane and the new nature writing'. British Creative Nonfiction. Gale Researcher. Andover: Cengage Learning, 2017. Forthcoming.

With Jane Thomas et al. 'Kingston upon Hull: the Literary Map 1621-Present Day'. Hull: Culture, History, Place. Ed. Martin Wilcox. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2017. Forthcoming.

'Trust the tale, not the teller.' The English Review 27.1 (September 2016): 22-25.

Browse our publications database

  • Sep 2015      'Poetic ecologies and the contemporary lyric', Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment 2015: 'Green Knowledge', University of Cambridge
  • March 2015 'Jen Hadfield, language, and ecology', New Generation to Next Generation 2014: Three Decades of British and Irish Poetry, Institute of English Studies, London
  • April 2014    'Contemporary poetic ecologies and the return to form', Bloomsbury C21 Writings Conference 2014, University of Brighton
  • Oct 2013      'Rethinking innovation in the post-millennial novel', English Research Seminar Series, University of Hull
  • July 2013      'Picturing the Landscape: W.G. Sebald's The Rings of Saturn', Ekphrasis: From Paragon to Encounter, University of Hull
  • Feb 2013      'Plots: the narratives of place in contemporary literature', Landscape Space Place Research Seminar, University of Nottingham
  • Dec 2012      'Literary Geography and Lawrence', Modernist Moves, Brunel University, London
  • July 2012      'Lawrence's edgelands: borders and liminal spaces in The Rainbow', D.H. Lawrence: Regional, National and International Contexts, University of Nottingham
  • May 2012    'Attending to the local: Kathleen Jamie's affective landscapes', Affective Landscapes, University of Derby
  • Feb 2012      '"More than noticing": paying attention to nature in Kathleen Jamie's Findings', Landscape Space and Place Research Seminar, University of Nottingham
  • April 2011    'Against the Grand Project: Iain Sinclair as a regional writer', Regional Literary Cultures: Modernism and After, University of Nottingham
  • April 2011    'Writing Pedestrian Perception', Literary Dynamics of Place: Crossing, Settling, Circulation, University of Durham
  • July 2010      '"I know this labyrinth so well": narrating Belfast's spaces in Ciaran Carson's poetry', International Association for Studies in Irish Literature Conference 2010, NUI Maynooth, Republic of Ireland
  • July 2010      'Re-evaluating the "wild": new directions in nature writing', What Happens Now: 21st Century Writing in English – the first decade, University of Lincoln
  • June 2010    '"Mad walking": the antecedents of Iain Sinclair's ambulatory method', Lost London: explorations of a dark metropolis, Sheffield Hallam University
  • April 2010    'Plots built out of plots: the narrative of place in contemporary literature', Worlds Built Out of Words: Literary Environments, University of Bristol
  • July 2009      'The Literary Antecedents of Iain Sinclair's psychogeography: Conrad and Dickens in Downriver', Literary London 2009, Queen Mary, University of London
  • May 2009    'Perceiving the Troubles: Ciaran Carson's poetic representations of sectarian Belfast' Perceptions of the Past: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Representation, University of Nottingham
  • May 2009    '"Situated Perspective": spatialised identity in W.G. Sebald's The Rings of Saturn', Land and Identity, University of Derby
  • June 2008    'The politicization of psychogeography: Iain Sinclair's Downriver', Negotiating Space, University of Nottingham

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