Dr Alex Wylie

Dr Alex Wylie, Lecturer, Liberal Arts

I completed my PhD in 2008 at Queen’s University Belfast; my thesis was ‘Self-Reflexivity and Otherness in T.S. Eliot and Geoffrey Hill’. I publish poetry and literary criticism.

Further Information


I taught between 2006 and 2017 at Queen’s University Belfast. Modules I taught on include: Literature and the Great War (Third Year); British Poetry 1880-1990 (MA); Criticism and Creativity core module (MA); British Poetry 1945-1990 (Third Year); American Fiction 1945-1960 (Third Year); Introduction to American Writing (Second Year); Literature and Society 1850-1930 (Second Year); Sounds of the City (First Year); English in Transition (First Year).

I teach mainly on the Liberal Arts Foundation Year.

In 2019/20 I will be teaching on the following modules at YSJ:

  • Eboracum: York, Space and Place
  • Being Human 1: Structure, Agency and Identity
  • Being Human 2: Culture, Truth and Myth
  • Freedom and Justice (module leader)
  • Independent Project
  • Imagining the Future: Environment, Apocalypse and the Digital Revolution
  • Introduction to Creative Writing (First Year)


I am a poet and literary critic.

In 2018 I published my debut poetry collection, Secular Games (Eyewear).

I am the author of Geoffrey Hill’s Later Work: Radiance of Apprehension (Manchester University Press, 2019).

I have published numerous articles on modern and contemporary poetry in places such as Essays in Criticism, The Cambridge Quarterly, English: The Journal of the English Association, Literary Imagination, The Journal of the T.S. Eliot Society, and PN Review.

I am interested in poetry and poetics of all periods and provenances, with a particular specialism in the modern and contemporary. I am also interested in fiction and drama, and have a particular interest in modernist and Victorian fiction.


Critical monograph:

Geoffrey Hill’s Later Work: Radiance of Apprehension. Manchester University Press: Manchester, 2019.

Poetry collection:

Secular Games. Eyewear Publishing: London, 2018. (Shortlisted for the Melita Hume Prize, 2016.)

Journal articles:

‘Democratic Rags’. PN Review 251, January 2020

‘Ivor Gurney’s Imperfection’. Essays in Criticism, Oxford University Press, 2018.

‘“Soft aftershocks of calm”: Order and Anarchy in Geoffrey Hill’s For the Unfallen’. Literary Imagination, Oxford University Press, 2015.

‘Basil Bunting: The vile patterns of expediency’. Essays in Criticism, Oxford University Press, 2015.

‘“It is not anyone’s dream”: C.H. Sisson’s Utopias’. Cambridge Quarterly, Oxford University Press, 2015.

‘“This: ad Socium?: Verbal Power in Geoffrey Hill’s The Triumph of Love’. English, Oxford University Press, 2014.

‘‘Things that other people have desired’: The Contexts of T.S. Eliot’s ‘Portrait of a Lady’’. The Journal of the T.S. Eliot Society, 2014.

 ‘Eros in Geoffrey Hill’s Scenes from Comus. English, Oxford University Press, 2011.

‘Sisson’s Troy’. PN Review 217, 2014.

‘Prophet and Citizen: Fifty Years of Geoffrey Hill’s For the Unfallen’. PN Review 190, 2009.

Book chapter:

‘“Here lies a civil servant”: C.H. Sisson and the Possibility of Honesty’, Revisiting C.H. Sisson. Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. 


‘National Ghosts’ (review of WWI anthologies and book of WWII poetry criticism) in PN Review 223.

A Treatise of Civil Power by Geoffrey Hill in PN Review 179.

Crocodiles and Obelisks by Jamie McKendrick in PN Review 181.

Clarity or Death! by Jeffrey Wainwright in PN Review 185.

The Cambridge Companion to Modern Irish Poetry, 1800-2000 by Justin Quinn in Irish Studies Review 17:2.

Collected Poems by Ciaran Carson in PN Review 188.

Greek by Theo Dorgan, The Sun-Fish by Eiléan ní Chuillenáin, and Until Before After by Ciaran Carson, in PN Review 196.

Deceiving Wild Creatures by Jeremy Over and We needed coffee but..., by Matthew Welton, in PN Review 199.

Maggot by Paul Muldoon, in PN Review 201.

The Resurrection of the Body at Killysuggen by Martin Mooney, and Ions by Jean Bleakney, in The Yellow Nib 7, 2015.

But the Body by Eamon Grennan, and The Winter Sleep of Captain Lemass by Harry Clifton, in The Yellow Nib 9.

The Cambridge Companion to Modern Irish Poetry, 1800-2000 by Justin Quinn in Irish Studies Review vol. 17, no. 2, May 2009.

Blog entries:

On James Womack’s ‘Little Red Poem’. New Poetries V blog, Carcanet.

Conference papers:

‘'Here lies a civil servant': C.H. Sisson and the Possibility of Honesty.’ Revisiting C.H. Sisson: Modernist, Classicist, Translator. Brigham Young University / King’s College London, April 2017.

‘For Whom Should I Build?': Place and Self in Basil Bunting’. The British and Irish Contemporary Poetry Conference, Queen’s University Belfast, 2010.

Context and Circumscription in Geoffrey Hill's 'Funeral Music'’. Geoffrey Hill and His Contexts. Keble College, Oxford, 2008.

"What did you say?": Silence and Logorrhoea in John Berryman and Geoffrey Hill.’ Waste and Abundance. Queen’s University Belfast, 2007.

'Not Unworded. Enworded': Geoffrey Hill, Difficulty, and Silence.’ The British and Irish Contemporary Poetry Conference, St. Anne’s College, Oxford, 2006.


Professional Activities

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

In 2014 and 2017 I was awarded funding by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for time to write toward my debut collection of poetry.

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