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About Dr Peter Maber

Dr Peter Maber is the Head of Faculty and an Associate Professor in English, in addition to Lead on Academic Engagement at Northeastern University London. He has degrees from the University of Cambridge in English and American Literature and completed his PhD on the poetry of John Berryman under Professor Anne Barton at Trinity College, Cambridge. His teaching specialities include Shakespeare, 19th- and 20th-century poetry in English, American literature, Postcolonial literatures, word and image studies, modern art, and music.

He has taught English and American Literature at the University of Cambridge. He is also a pianist, a lutenist, and a composer.


PhD, University of Cambridge (2005)
MPhil in American Literature, University of Cambridge (2001)
BA/MA in English, University of Cambridge (2000)


Dr Peter Maber's Research

Dr Maber currently has three main research projects: a study of the middle generation of twentieth-century American poets, including Delmore Schwartz, Robert Lowell, John Berryman and Sylvia Plath; an interdisciplinary study investigating the relationship between poets and painters from the early 20th century to the present; and a co-edited volume of essays on Frances Cornford, the Cambridge poet and granddaughter of Charles Darwin.

He writes regularly on art for The Times Literary Supplement and has recently completed work on the Stanford Global Shakespeare Encyclopedia, edited by Patricia Parker,  contributing entries on 20th century critical and creative responses to Shakespeare.


Selected Publications

Major contributor to the forthcoming Stanford Global Shakespeare Encyclopedia, edited by Patricia Parker. Entries on 20th century critical and creative responses to Shakespeare, including those on W H Auden, Samuel Beckett, T S Eliot, Wole Soyinka, and  W B Yeats (forthcoming)

‘Indian Ink: Francesco Clemente, Allen Ginsberg and the Kalakshetra Press’, in Spaces of the Book, ed. Isabelle Choi and Jean Khalfa (Peter Lang, 2015) (ISBN 9783034319034)

William Marshall: Organic Vision. Monograph situating the Leach potter in his artistic contexts. (St Ives, 2010). (ISBN 9780948385520)

‘John Berryman and Shakespearean Autobiography’, in ‘After thirty falls’: New Essays on John Berryman, ed. Philip McGowan and Philip Coleman (New York: Rodopi, 2007), pp. 209-223. (ISBN 9789042022191)

‘Grand Meditations on Life and Death: Thomas Browne, Hydriotaphia’, in, Treasures of Durham University Library, ed. Richard Gameson (London: Durham University and Third Millennium, 2007), pp. 110-11. (ISBN 9781903942741)


Journal Articles

‘“Strange to language”: W S Graham’s Bryan Wynter and the Problematics of Verbal-Visual Communication’, Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry, Vol 4, no. 1 (March, 2012): 33-49. (ISSN 1758-2733)

‘Painted Letters: The Later Writings of Roger Hilton’, Word & Image: special issue on ‘Artists’ Writings’, Vol 28, no. 4 (Autumn, 2012): 340-47. (ISSN 0266-6286)

‘“The poet or painter steers his life to maim”: W S Graham and the St Ives Modernist School’, Word & Image: A Journal of Verbal/ Visual Enquiry, Vol. 25, no. 3 (Summer, 2009): 258-71. (ISSN 0266-6286)

‘“So-called black”: Reassessing John Berryman’s Blackface Minstrelsy’, Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory Vol. 64, no. 4 (Winter, 2008): 129-49. (ISSN 0004-1610) 

Dr Peter Maber's Teaching

Dr Maber joined Northeastern University London in 2013. He is Course Leader for North American Literature, as well as teaching modern and contemporary literature across many other courses. He created and is Course Leader for British Drama and the London Stage, co-created the third-year course Cultures of London, and has founded the teaching of Academic Writing within Northeastern University London.

Other Work

Dr Maber directed the first three Northeastern University mobility programmes at Northeastern University London between 2018 and 2019. From 2020 he has taken on a new role, Lead on Academic Engagement, a pedagogical role which includes supporting students with their studies.