Dr Alexandra Campbell

  • Lecturer in English Literature - Poetry & Environment (English Literature)

email: Alexandra.Campbell@glasgow.ac.uk

School of Critical Studies, 5 University Gardens, G12 8QQ

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5566-7898

Biography

Dr Campbell is a Lecturer in English Literature (Poetry and Environment) based in the School of Critical Studies. Before arriving at Glasgow she held previous positions at Edinburgh Napier University, the University of Edinburgh, and Bath Spa University. She received her PhD from the University of Glasgow.

Research interests

  • Blue Humanities and Critical Ocean Studies
  • Ecopoetics and Contemporary Poetry
  • Energy Humanities 
  • Postcolonial Ecocriticism 
  • Black Radical Ecology
  • Infrastructure Studies and Critical Futures 

Dr Campbell's current research interests revolve around issues of waste, energy, water and marine justice as explored in contemporary world literature. She is particularly interested in how poetic texts metabolise asymmetries of power and conditions of unevenness that are shaped by contemporary water crises, oceanic and otherwise.

She is currently working on her first monograph, tentatively titled 'Hydropoetics: Waste Frontiers and the World Ocean', which examines the ways in which contemporary poetry metabolises the twinned crises of oceanic ecosystem decline and social injustice. Framed around an examination of 'oceanic sacrifice zones' the project considers how contemporary work from Guam, Hawai'i, the Marshall Islands, Canada and the USA percolates and condenses those strategies of wasting, enclosure and dispossession that have historically determined water relations within the capitalist world-ecology. Following recent work in the Blue Humanities the book addresses the 'hydropoetics' of contemporary water-based crises and identifies the modes through which authors harness water as a means of thinking and being 'otherwise'. In (re)claiming the ocean as a site of potential revolution, resistance and transformation the texts studied position water as a key resource for the production of anticolonial and anticapitalist futures. 

Further to her work on marine justice, Dr Campbell is increasingly fascinated by the intersections between the fields of Infrastructure Studies and Critical Future studies and the ways in which the poetics of infrastructure shape, condition, promise or prohibit certain ideas of the future. In 2020-1 she was Principal Investigator on the RSE funded Arts Workshop seriese 'World/Water Futures'. The series included a number of workshops on topics including: Blue Humanities Methodologies; Offshore Food and Energy; Coastal Futures.

Dr Campbell has published widely on critical ocean studies and hydroculture and has recently co-edited a special issue of Humanities on 'World Literature and the Blue Humanities'. She has published articles on literature and the environment in Humanities, The Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Études Écossaises and Anglistik, with book chapters in the Bloomsbury Contemporary Critical Perspectives on John Burnside, and the edited collection The Politics of Space and Place in Scottish Literature. She has forthcoming work in The Routledge Handbook of Energy Humanities and The Routledge Companion to Literature and the Environment

Publications

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2020

Campbell, A. and Paye, M. (2020) Water enclosure and world-literature: new perspectives on hydro-power and world-ecology. Humanities, 9(3), 106. (doi: 10.3390/h9030106)

Campbell, A. (2020) Violent dwellings and vulnerable creatures in Burning Elvis and Something Like Happy. In: Davies, B. (ed.) John Burnside: Contemporary Critical Perspectives. Series: Contemporary critical perspectives. Bloomsbury Academic: London, pp. 53-67. ISBN 9781350036970

2019

Campbell, A. (2019) A world of islands: the archipelagic imagination in contemporary Scottish literature. In: Szuba, M. and Wolfreys, J. (eds.) The Poetics and Politics of Space and Place in Scottish Literature. Series: Geocriticism and spatial literary studies. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 165-185. ISBN 9783030126452 (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-12645-2_10)

Campbell, A. (2019) Extractive poetics: marine energies in Scottish literature. Humanities, 8(1), 16. (doi: 10.3390/h8010016)

Campbell, A. (2019) Atlantic exchanges: the poetics of dispersal and disposal in Scottish and Caribbean seas. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 55(2), pp. 195-208. (doi: 10.1080/17449855.2019.1590622)

2017

Campbell, A. (2017) Sound waves: “Blue Ecology” in the poetry of Robin Robertson and Kathleen Jamie. Etudes Ecossaises, 19, (doi: 10.4000/etudesecossaises.1199)

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Articles

Campbell, A. and Paye, M. (2020) Water enclosure and world-literature: new perspectives on hydro-power and world-ecology. Humanities, 9(3), 106. (doi: 10.3390/h9030106)

Campbell, A. (2019) Extractive poetics: marine energies in Scottish literature. Humanities, 8(1), 16. (doi: 10.3390/h8010016)

Campbell, A. (2019) Atlantic exchanges: the poetics of dispersal and disposal in Scottish and Caribbean seas. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 55(2), pp. 195-208. (doi: 10.1080/17449855.2019.1590622)

Campbell, A. (2017) Sound waves: “Blue Ecology” in the poetry of Robin Robertson and Kathleen Jamie. Etudes Ecossaises, 19, (doi: 10.4000/etudesecossaises.1199)

Book Sections

Campbell, A. (2020) Violent dwellings and vulnerable creatures in Burning Elvis and Something Like Happy. In: Davies, B. (ed.) John Burnside: Contemporary Critical Perspectives. Series: Contemporary critical perspectives. Bloomsbury Academic: London, pp. 53-67. ISBN 9781350036970

Campbell, A. (2019) A world of islands: the archipelagic imagination in contemporary Scottish literature. In: Szuba, M. and Wolfreys, J. (eds.) The Poetics and Politics of Space and Place in Scottish Literature. Series: Geocriticism and spatial literary studies. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 165-185. ISBN 9783030126452 (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-12645-2_10)

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Grants

  • 2020-2021 RSE Workshop Grant, 'World/Water Futures'
  • 2018 Brigstow Ideas Exchange Fund, 'Humans and Oceans'
  • 2018  ASLE International Subvention Grant, 'Ocean Matters'

Supervision

Dr Campbell welcomes inquiries from prospective PhD students interested in pursuing research on topics relating to: contemporary poetry and ecopoetics, postcolonial ecocriticism and world literature, waste cultures, energy humanities, critical ocean studies/blue humanities, climate futures and environmental justice. 

Sledmere, Maria
Anthropocene Aesthetics: Tracing Deep-Time, Daily Life and Dark Ecology through Critical-Creative Practice

Teaching

Semester 1

  • 1A: Poetry and Poetics 
  • 2A: Writing Ecologies 

Semester 2

  • Futures: Unbundling the Now
  • Fantasies of Energy