Dr David Borthwick

  • Lecturer (Interdisciplinary Studies)

telephone: 01387702024
email: David.Borthwick@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

Research interests

David's research concerns modern and contemporary literary responses to the environment, at present focusing on poetic responses to landscape and place.  David is interested in the ecopoetic strategies of a range of contemporary UK poets including John Burnside, Kathleen Jamie, Alice Oswald and Robin Robertson.

His research seeks to examine the problematic and multivalent nature of place, and its future.  Recent research has concerned the relationship between literature and walking as a creative act, and the ways in which landscape itself might be said to be textual.

He is also engaged in the examination of the upsurge in writing about environment and place within the UK since the millennium which has come to be known as 'The New Nature Writing.'

David has supervised a range of postrgraduate students, with a particular emphasis on students of creative writing whose work focuses on environmental themes.

David is Programme Director of the MLitt Environment, Culture and Communication and is a member of the Solway Centre for Environment and Culture.

Supervision

 Research Students

 

Sarah Thomas (PhD), '"What Good Have You to Say?": Living in Iceland with Eruption and Thaw.'

Harriet Fraser (MPhil), 'The Cumbrian Fells as a Cultural Landscape: Poetry, Prose and Word Maps'

Theresa Muñoz (PhD), 'A Complicated Belonging: Outsiderness in the work of Tom Leonard.'

 

Previous Research Students

 

Jackie Galley (MPhil), 'Can a Poem be Read Ecologically?: the Science of Contemporary Poems of the River Environment' - passed 2015

Em Strang (PhD), ‘Habitude: Ecopoetry As (Im)Possible (Inter)Connection.’ - Passed 2014

Teaching

David is Programme Director of the MLitt Environment, Culture and Communication, and convenes three courses on the degreee:

 

He also contributes a course at Level 4 to the BSc in Environmental Stewardship

 

David contributes to a range of other courses including:

Additional information

Reviews / Other

Profiled at The Bottle Imp, Scottish Studies E-zine (Spring 2009).

 

Recent Research Projects

Walking: Textual Landscapes, 30 July 2014

Poets and Landscape Workers: co-authored blogs combinging poets and landscape conservationists, Summer 2013

 

Selected Conference papers

‘Thomas A. Clark, Alec Finlay and Gerry Loose: Reseeding the Fault Line, and The Hundred Thousand Places’, Flow and Fracture from North America to Europe and Beyond: Reflections, Refractions and Diffractions within the Ecopoetic Avant-Garde, ULB, Brussels, 4-5 December 2014

'"Our difficult / cthonic anchorage": Kathleen Jamie, Alice Oswald, and the Problem of Bioregional Rootedness in UK Ecopoetry', Framing Nature: Signs, Stories, and Ecologies of Meaning, University of Tartu, Estonia, April 29-May 3, 2014

'"All havoc and Weakness", The Contemporary Long Ecopoem', Composting Culture: Literature, Nature, Popular Culture, Science, University of Worcester, 5-7 September 2012

‘Submerged History and the "Secular Sacred" in Work by Burnside, Hadfield, Jamie and Oswald,’ Environment and Identity, University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus, 20–21 July 2011.

'"The tilt from one parish/into another": Liminality and Continuity in Poetry by John Burnside, Kathleen Jamie and Robin Robertson', Landscape/Mindscape, Institute for the Advanced Study of the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, 24-25 June 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

Publications

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Number of items: 10.

2015

Borthwick, D. (2015) On walks on various ways: some field notes. Bottle Imp(17),

2012

Borthwick, D. (2012) 'Driven by loneliness and silence': John Burnside's susceptible solitaries. Bottle Imp, 12,

Borthwick, D. (2012) Entanglements: Introduction. In: Entanglements: New Ecopoetry. Two Ravens Press: Isle of Lewis, xv-xxii. ISBN 9781906120658

2011

Borthwick, D. (2011) "A green thought in a green shade": contemporary environmental poetry. Southlight, 9, pp. 15-17.

Borthwick, D. (2011) 'To comfort me with nothing': John Burnside's dissident poetics. Agenda, 44/45(4/1), pp. 91-101.

Borthwick, D. (2011) 'The tilt from one parish / into another': Estrangement, Continuity and Connection in the Poetry of John Burnside, Kathleen Jamie and Robin Robertson. Scottish Literary Review, 3(2), pp. 133-148.

2010

Borthwick, D. (2010) Welsh's shorter fiction. In: Schoene-Harwood, B. (ed.) The Edinburgh Companion to Irvine Welsh. Series: Edinburgh companions to Scottish literature. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, UK, pp. 31-42. ISBN 9780748639175

2009

Borthwick, D. (2009) The sustainable male: masculine ecology in the poetry of John Burnside. In: Ellis, H. and Meyer, J. (eds.) Masculinity and the Other: Historical Perspectives. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 63-85. ISBN 9781443801515

2007

Borthwick, D. (2007) A.L. Kennedy's dysphoric fictions. In: Schoene-Harwood, B. (ed.) The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Scottish Literature. Series: Edinburgh Companions. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, pp. 264-275. ISBN 9780748623969

2003

Borthwick, D. (2003) From grey granite to urban grit: a revolution in perspectives. In: McCulloch, M. and Dunnigan, S. (eds.) A Flame in the Mearns: Lewis Grassic Gibbon. ASLS: Glasgow, pp. 64-76. ISBN 0948877545

This list was generated on Tue May 31 03:00:30 2016 BST.
Number of items: 10.

Articles

Borthwick, D. (2015) On walks on various ways: some field notes. Bottle Imp(17),

Borthwick, D. (2012) 'Driven by loneliness and silence': John Burnside's susceptible solitaries. Bottle Imp, 12,

Borthwick, D. (2011) "A green thought in a green shade": contemporary environmental poetry. Southlight, 9, pp. 15-17.

Borthwick, D. (2011) 'To comfort me with nothing': John Burnside's dissident poetics. Agenda, 44/45(4/1), pp. 91-101.

Borthwick, D. (2011) 'The tilt from one parish / into another': Estrangement, Continuity and Connection in the Poetry of John Burnside, Kathleen Jamie and Robin Robertson. Scottish Literary Review, 3(2), pp. 133-148.

Book Sections

Borthwick, D. (2012) Entanglements: Introduction. In: Entanglements: New Ecopoetry. Two Ravens Press: Isle of Lewis, xv-xxii. ISBN 9781906120658

Borthwick, D. (2010) Welsh's shorter fiction. In: Schoene-Harwood, B. (ed.) The Edinburgh Companion to Irvine Welsh. Series: Edinburgh companions to Scottish literature. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, UK, pp. 31-42. ISBN 9780748639175

Borthwick, D. (2009) The sustainable male: masculine ecology in the poetry of John Burnside. In: Ellis, H. and Meyer, J. (eds.) Masculinity and the Other: Historical Perspectives. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 63-85. ISBN 9781443801515

Borthwick, D. (2007) A.L. Kennedy's dysphoric fictions. In: Schoene-Harwood, B. (ed.) The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Scottish Literature. Series: Edinburgh Companions. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, pp. 264-275. ISBN 9780748623969

Borthwick, D. (2003) From grey granite to urban grit: a revolution in perspectives. In: McCulloch, M. and Dunnigan, S. (eds.) A Flame in the Mearns: Lewis Grassic Gibbon. ASLS: Glasgow, pp. 64-76. ISBN 0948877545

This list was generated on Tue May 31 03:00:30 2016 BST.