Peter Lawson


Modern British and American Literatures

I am an Honorary Associate in the Department of English at the Open University. My research concerns modern British and American literatures, with an emphasis on post-1900 Jewish writing in English. I am also a poet.
My first collection,
Senseless Hours (Bayswater Press), appeared in 2009. According to Michael Horovitz, “this all-too-slim volume...displays considerable wit, intellectual pizzazz and technical audacity”.

Among my critical works are two books on British Jewish poetry: Passionate Renewal: Jewish Poetry in Britain since 1945 (Five Leaves, 2001) and Anglo-Jewish Poetry from Isaac Rosenberg to Elaine Feinstein (Vallentine Mitchell, 2006). The former was awarded a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation, while the latter was lauded by Andrew Crozier as “an original and unprecedented contribution to the history and criticism of twentieth-century English poetry”.

Details of other publications, conference papers, academic awards and qualifications can be found on the following pages.

Research and Publications

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