Daniel Weston

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

Senior Lecturer in English Literature

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.

Responsibilities within the university

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.


Reader for Contemporary Women’s WritingTwenty-First-Century Literature, and the Journal of DH Lawrence Studies

Research / Scholarly interests

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.

Recent publications


Weston, Daniel Peter and , (2018), Exploring first-year undergraduates’ perceptions of poetry and their acquisition of skills in reading poetry for study at university. Educational Development, University of Greenwich. In: , , , . Educational Development, University of Greenwich, Compass: The Journal of Learning and Teaching at the University of Greenwich, 11 (2) ISSN: 2044-0081 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.21100/compass.v11i2.791).

Weston, Daniel and , (2018), Two contemporary poets and the Ted Hughes bestiary. The Ted Hughes Society. In: , , , . The Ted Hughes Society, The Ted Hughes Society Journal, 7 (1) . pp. 89-101 ISSN: 2051-7270 (Print), (doi: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5693c7287086d7242736f5d5/t/5b4332f50e2e72bb8079a74f/1531130652873/The+Ted+Hughes+Society+Journal+VII.1.pdf).

Weston, Daniel Peter and , (2016), Contemporary poetic ecologies and a return to form. Open Library of Humanities. In: , , , . Open Library of Humanities, C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-century Writings, 4: 5 (1) . pp. 1-24 2045-5224 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.16995/c21.5).

Weston, Daniel and , (2015), '"Against the grand project": Iain Sinclair's local London'. University of Wisconsin Press. In: , , , . University of Wisconsin Press, Contemporary Literature, 56 (2) . pp. 255-279 ISSN: 0010-7484 (Print), 1548-9949 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3368/cl.56.2.255) NB Item availability restricted.


Weston, Daniel and , (2016), Contemporary Literary Landscapes: The Poetics of Experience. Ashgate. In: , , , . Ashgate, Farnham . ISBN: 9781472474650 (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Book section

Weston, Daniel Peter and , (2020), Manifestos and Poetics/Poets on Writing. Wiley-Blackwell. In: , , In: Wolfgang Gortschacher, David Malcolm (eds.), A Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Poetry, 1960-2015. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, UK (1st) . pp. 97-105 . ISBN: 9781118843208; 9781118843253; 9781118843215 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118843215.ch2b.1) NB Item availability restricted.

Weston, Daniel Peter and , (2018), The environment in British fiction and non-fiction prose since 1945. Oxford University Press. In: , , , Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. Oxford University Press, Oxford (doi: ).

Weston, Daniel and , (2016), W.G. Sebald's afterlives: haunting contemporary landscape writing. Rowman & Littlefield International. In: , , In: Ruth Heholt, Niamh Downing (eds.), Haunted Landscapes: Super-Nature and the Environment. Rowman & Littlefield International, London (1st) . pp. 167-180 . ISBN: 9781783488810 (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Weston, Daniel Peter and , (2015), Generic discontinuities and variations. Bloomsbury Academic. In: , , In: Nick Bentley, Nick Hubble, Leigh Wilson (eds.), The 2000s: A Decade of Contemporary British Fiction. Bloomsbury Academic, London, UK . pp. 173-198 . ISBN: 9781441112156 (doi: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-2000s-a-decade-of-contemporary-british-fiction-9781474262743/).

Weston, Daniel Peter and , (2015), Nature writing and the environmental imagination. Cambridge University Press. In: , , In: David James (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to British Fiction since 1945. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge . pp. 110-126 . ISBN: 9781107562714 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/CCO9781139628754.009).

Weston, Daniel Peter and , (2015), Plots: the narratives of place in contemporary nature writing. Ashgate Publishing. In: , , In: Christine Berberich, Neil Campbell, Robert Hudson (eds.), Affective Landscapes in Literature, Art and Everyday Life. Ashgate Publishing, Farnham, UK . pp. 173-185 . ISBN: 9781472431790 (doi: https://www.routledge.com/products/9781472431790).