Dr. James Dowthwaite, D.Phil.

Research Interests

  • Anglophone Modernist literature
  • Philology, the philosophy of language, and linguistics in Literary Studies
  • Literature and anthropology
  • American Poetry
  • The History of Antisemitism

Professional Experience

2013-2016 Seminar Tutor/ Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Oxford

2016D.Phil Studies
Thesis "Ezra Pound's Theory of Language" Arts and Humanities Research Council funded D.Phil in English Language and Literature, The Queen's College, University of Oxford
2012M.A. Literatures of Modernity Royal Holloway, University of London

2011B.A. Literatures of Modernity Royal Holloway, University of London

Papers, Lectures and Talks

  • "The Place of Antisemitism in Ezra Pound's Cantos." Research Colloquium North American Studies (University of Göttingen, May 11, 2016
  • "Ezra Pound's Cathay." Lecture given at the Oxford Continuing Education Centre?s day school (Oxford, February 17, 2015).
  • "The Place of Philology in Ezra Pound?s Literary Scholarship." Modernism Now! British Association of Modernist Studies International Conference (Senate House, University of London, June 26-28, 2014.
  • "English Philology: A Preliminary Survey of its Role in Graduate Study." The Humanities in the 21st Century (Ertegun House, University of Oxford, March 21, 2014).
  • "Pound/Ogden: High Modernism and Semiotic Theory." 25th Ezra Pound International Conference Dublin (Trinity College, Dublin, July 10-13, 2013).
  • "Symbol-Reference-Referent: the Place of the Object in Early Twentieth Century Linguistics." Objects: Oxford Graduate Conference (University of Oxford, May31, 2013, ).
  • "E Ti Fiammeggio: Love in Canto 93." London Cantos Reading Group (Institute of English Studies, University of London, December 11, 2012 ).
  • "The Wind is Part of the Process?: Ezra Pound and the Italian Landscape." The Association for the Study of Modern Italy Postgraduate Summer School, (University College London, 28-29 June 28-29, 2012 ).

Teaching at the University of Göttingen

Current Course

  • America and Romanticism 1780-1850 (Proseminar, SoSe 2018)

Past Courses

  • Satires of the United States (Proseminar, WiSe 17/18)
  • Literary Perspectives on the American Civil War (Proseminar, SoSe 2017)
  • American Modernist Poetry (Proseminar, WiSe 16/17)