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Michael Grant was born in 1940. He was educated at Cambridge, where he read English Literature. He taught English at Kent, and was Senior Lecturer in Film Studies on his retirement. back to top

Publications

Books

Poetry

The Fair (Grosseteste Press, 1967)
The Giraffe (Arc Press, 1971)
Orders of Exchange (Arc Press, 1976)
The Last Dream (Perdika, 2008).
The White Theatre (Versimilitude, 2011).
Poems of Yves Bonnefoy 1, translated, with Ian Brinton (Oystercatcher Press, Old Hunstanton, 2013)
Poems of Yves Bonnefoy 2, translated, with Ian Brinton (Oystercatcher Press, Old Hunstanton, 2013)
[Forthcoming] Cinderella's Ash Tray (Verisimilitude 2013)

Monograph

Dead Ringers (Trowbridge: Flicks Books 1997). ISBN pbk 0 948911 03 4. 64pp.

Books edited

T.S. Eliot: The Critical Heritage (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1982), in two volumes. [Edited, with an introduction.]

The Poetry of Anthony Barnett (Allardyce Book in association with Grille Press, 1993). Pp. 190. [Edited, with an Introduction, "On Being at Home in Language: the Poetry of Anthony Barnett", pp. 11-25.]

The Selected Poems of John Riley (Manchester: Carcanet, 1995). Edited, with an Afterword. ISBN 1 85754 183 9

The Modern Fantastic: The Films of David Cronenberg (Trowbridge: Flicks Books, 2000). Edited, with an introduction and an article on Cronenberg's cinema. ISBN 1 86236 000 6 (Pb). ISBN 1 86236 001 4 (Hb).

The Raymond Tallis Reader (London: Palgrave, 2000). Edited, with an introduction and linking commentary. ISBN 0-333-77271-7 hb; 0-333-77272-5 pb.

Journal co-edited with Ian Christie:

Film Studies: an international review volume 1 number 1 (Spring 1999). ISBN 1 900755 28 8. Published by the European Humanities Research Centre, Oxford, in association with the University of Kent at Canterbury.

Film Studies: an international review volume 1 number 2 (Spring 2000). ISBN 1 900755 43 2. ISSN 1469-0314. Published by the European Humanities Research Centre, Oxford, in association with the University of Kent at Canterbury and Birkbeck College, University of London.

Film Studies: an international review issue 3 (Spring 2002) ISSN 1469-0314.

Journal co-edited with Ian Christie and Murray Smith:

Film Studies: an international review issue 4 (Summer 2004) ISSN 1469-0314.
Film Studies: an international review issue 5 (Winter 2004) ISSN 1469-0314.

Journal co-edited with Ian Christie, Murray Smith and Peter Stanfield

Film Studies: an international review issue 6 (Summer 2005) ISSN 1469-0314
Film Studies: an international review issue 7 (Winter 2005) ISSN 1469-0314

Contributions to Books

"James Whale's Frankenstein: The Horror Film and the Symbolic Biology of the Cinematic Monster", in Frankenstein: Creation and Monstrosity, edited by Stephen Bann (Reaktion Books, London, 1994), pp. 113-135. This article has been translated into Turkish: "Frankenstein: Simgesel Biyologji ve Sinemasal Canavar", Kuram 7 (January 1995): 45-50. The article has been translated into Japanese, in the edition of Frankenstein: Creation and Monstrosity published in Japan by Seikyusha Ltd in 1997 (pp.151-180).

An article on the horror film for the revised edition of The Cinema Book, published by the British Film Institute (London), 1999, together with 4 entries of 1000 words each on the following films: Frankenstein (1931); Psycho (1960); The Thing (1982); and Dead Ringers (1988), pp. 200-208.

"The Modern Fantastic", Necronomicon Book Three (Noir Publishing: Hereford, 1999), pp. 51-72. ISBN 0 9536564 0 3.

"Fulci's Waste Land: Cinema, Horror and the Dreams of Modernism", Unruly Pleasures: Cult Film and its Critics , ed. Graeme Harper and Xavier Mendik (London: FAB Books, 2000): 61-72. ISBN 1 903254 00 0

"Cronenberg and the poetics of time", in The Modern Fantastic: The Films of David Cronenberg, edited by Michael Grant (Flicks Books: Trowbridge, 2000), pp. 123-147.

"'Ultimate Horror': Cinema, Horror and the Limits of Meaning", in Psychoanalysis and the Horror Film: Freud's Worst Nightmares, ed. Steven Jay Schneider (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003). Forthcoming.

"Cinema, horror and the abominations of hell", in The Couch and the Silver Screen, ed. Andrea Sabbadini (Hove and New York: Brunner-Routledge, 2003), pp. 145-158. ISBN 1-58391-951-1 (hbk) 1-58391-952-X (pbk)

"Un tiens vaut mieux que deux tu l'auras: quelques aspects de Shining », in Cauchemars américains, ed. Frank Lafond (Liège : Éditions du Céfal, 2003), pp. 159-172. 
ISBN 2-87130-122-0

"On the Question of the Horror Film", in Dark Thoughts: Philosophic Reflections on Cinematic Horror, ed.Steven Jay Schneider and Daniel Shaw (Lanham, MD, and Oxford: Scarecrow Press, 2003), pp. 120-138. ISBN 0-8108-4792-2.

"'Ultimate Formlessness': Cinema, Horror, and the Limits of Meaning", in Horror Film and Psychoanalysis: Freud's Worst Nightmare, ed. Steven Schneider (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), pp. 177-187. ISBN 0 521 82521 0.

[Forthcoming] "A Reading of 'In Cold Hell, In Thicket'", Poetry of Charles Olson, ed. David Herd (Manchester University Press, 2014). Co-authored with Ian Brinton.

Articles

"The Poetry of Jules Supervielle", Grosseteste Review volume 1 number 1 (1968): 22-26.

"St Thérèse de Lisieux", About The House volume 3 number 9 (Summer 1979): 62-66. [An article commissioned by the editor of the journal of the Friends of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to celebrate the World Premier of John Taverner's opera, Thérèse, on 1 October 1979.]

"Silence and Language: some reflections", PN Review 15, Volume 7, Number 1, (1980): 15-17.

"The Mystique of Hell", PN Review 17, Volume 7, Number 9 (1980): 31-33.

"J.H. Prynne", in Dictionary of Literary Biography volume 40 (Poets of Great Britain and Ireland since 1960: Part 2, M-Z), edited by Vincent Sherry, Jr., (Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1985), pp. 448-453.

A review article in Screen volume 31 number 3 (Autumn 1990): 341-345, on Kristin Thompson's Breaking The Glass Armor (Princeton 1988).

"Heidegger's Poetic: On Anthony Barnett and Roberto Rossellini", Eonta volume 1, number 2 (1991): 38-45.

"Subject and Person", PN Review 87, Volume 19, Number 1 (September-October 1992): 62-64.

"The Miracle", PN Review 88, Volume 19, Number 2 (November-December 1992): 22-26.

"Realism and the Defence of Consciousness: on the work of Raymond Tallis", PN Review 94, Volume 20, Number 2 (November-December 1993): 37-39.

"Davie and Wittgenstein: The Music of Language", PN Review 95, Volume 20, Number 3 (January-February 1994): 65-68.

"Tradition and the limits of poetry", PN Review 102, Volume 21 Number 4 (March-April 1995): 48-51.

"Pater, Leavis and the Truths of Style", PN Review 105, Volume 21 Number 7 (September-October 1995): 60-63.

"Psychoanalysis and the horror film", Free Associations 36 volume 5, part 4 (1996): 483-491. This article has been translated into Turkish: "Psikanaliz ve Korku Filmi", Antrakt 40 (January 1995): 23-25.

"Donald Davie and the Concept of Time", PN Review 111, Volume 23 Number 1 (September-October 1996): 68-71.

"Crimes of the future", Screen 39:2(Summer 1998): 180-185. ISSN 0036-9543.

"Christian Metz: I kinimatographiki theoria kai to provlima tou noimatos" ["Christian Metz: Film Theory and the Problem of Meaning"], Kathreftis tou Kinimatographou, Issue no 12 (Summer 2000), pp 72-76. ISSN 34342214. Kathreftis [Mirror] is a journal of film studies concerned with Greek and international cinema published by the University of Athens. The article has been published in Greek.

"The Real and the Abominations of Hell", Kinoeye 3:2 (3 February 2003). ISSN 1475-2441. Kinoeye is an on-line journal: http://www.kinoeye.org/index.html. This is a revised and substantially altered version of the article "Fulci's Waste Land: Cinema, Horror and the Dreams of Modernism", which appeared in Unruly Pleasures: Cult Film and its Critics , ed. Graeme Harper and Xavier Mendik (London: FAB Books, 2000): 61-72. ISBN 1 903254 00 0

"An Image of Cinema: Style and Extremity in David Cronenberg's Crash", International Journal of Canadian Studies 29 (2004): 161-179.

"'Cinema is an Abattoir': Horror film and explanation", Horror Studies 3:2 (2012): 205-222.

[Forthcoming] "On Writing", Tears in the Fence 57 (Spring 2013).

 

Reviews

A review of Irving Howe, Celebrations and Attacks: Thirty Years of Literary and Cultural Commentary (London, 1979), in The Literary Review number 2 (Autumn 1979): 24.

A review of Patrick Grant, Six Modern Authors and Problems of Belief (London, 1979), in Theology volume lxxxiii, number 696 (November 1980): 467-468.

A review of Archbishop Paul of Finland, The Faith We Hold (St Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1980), in Sourozh volume 1, number 2 (November 1980): 50-53.

A review of Rod Mengham, The Idiom of the Time: the Writings of Henry Green (Cambridge, 1983), in British Book News (September 1983): 578-579.

A review of Robert Crawford, The Savage and the City in the Work of T.S. Eliot (Oxford, 1987), in Times Higher Educational Supplement number 604 (1 April 1988): 20.

A review of Stephen Mulhall, On Being in the World (Routledge, 1990), in PN Review Volume 18, Number 4 (March-April 1992): 54-55.

A review of Alexandre Leupin, ed., Lacan and the Human Sciences (University of Nebraska Press, 1991), in History of the Human Sciences Volume 5, Number 2 (May 1992): 154-156.

A review of Brian Vickers, Appropriating Shakespeare (Yale University Press, 1993), in PN Review Volume 20, Number 1 (September-October 1993): 74-75.

A review of Christine Brooke-Rose, Remake (Carcanet, 1996), in PN Review Volume 22, Number 5 (May-June 1996): 50-51.

Reviews of Maire Messenger Davies, Fake, Fact and Fantasy: Children's Interpretation of Television (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1998), David Gauntlett, Video Critical: Children, the Environment and Media Power (University of Luton Press, 1998), and Mikita Brottman, Meat is Murder: An Illustrated Guide to Cannibal Culture (Creation, 1998), in Sight and Sound 8:8 (August 1998):28-29.

Reviews of Camille Paglia, The Birds (London: BFI, 1998), Leo Charney, Empty Moments: Cinema, Modernity and Drift (Duke University Press, 1998), Roger Crittenden, La Nuit américaine (London: BFI, 1998), Brian J Robb, Screams and Nightmares: The Films of Wes Craven (Titan, 1998), Deac Rossell, Living Pictures: The Origins of the Movies (State University of New York Press, 1998), Stephen Foster (ed), Hans Richter: Activism, Modernism and the Avant-Grade (MIT Press, 1998), Jean-Michel Rabaté (ed), Writing the Image After Roland Barthes (Pennsylvania University Press, 1998), James Curtis, James Whale: A New World of Gods and Monsters (Faber and Faber, 1998), Andy Black (ed), Necronomicon: Book Two (Creation, 1998), Gavin Smith (ed), Sayles on Sayles (Faber and Faber 1998) and John Sayles, Men With Guns & Lone Star (Faber and Faber, 1998), in Sight and Sound 8:11 (November 1998): 32-35.

Reviews of Linda S Kauffman, Bad Girls and Sick Boys: Fantasies in Contemporary Art and Culture (University of California Press, 1998), Jim Kitses and Gregg Rickman (eds), The Western Reader (Limelight, 1998), and Yuri Tsivian, Early Cinema in Russia and its Cultural Reception, in Sight and Sound 9:2 (February 1999): 30-32.

Review of Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements, The Erotic Anime Movie Guide (Titan Books, 1998), ISBN 0 285 63465 8, in Sight and Sound 9:5 (May 1999): 33.

Review of Donald Davie, Collected Poems, edited by Neil Powell (Manchester: Carcanet, 2002), ISBN 18575444064, in Poetry Review 92:3 (Autumn 2002): 79-84.

Review: "On the Poetry of Simon Smith", Tears in the Fence 54 (Summer 2011): 144-145.

Review: "Some Recent Work of Anthony Barnett", in Tears in the Fence 56 (Winter 2012/2013): 132-134.

Review of James Walters, Fantasy Film: A Critical Introduction (Berg publishers, 2011), Screening the Past 35 (Winter 2012). Online.

[Forthcoming] Review of Anthony Barnett, Antonyms, in Tears in the Fence 57 (Spring 2013).

Poetry in Journals

"Wound", Tears in the Fence 55 (Summer 2012): 90.
5 Poems in Tears in the Fence 56 (Winter 2012/2013): 8-11. (Includes translations of a poem by Roger Giroux, and of two poems by Paul Celan.)

Translations of Yves Bonnefoy (co-authored with Ian Brinton):
Tears in the Fence 55 (Summer 2012): 12.
Poetry Salzburg Review 22 (Autumn 2012): 98-99.
Shearsman 93 & 94 (Winter 2012/2013): 97-98.
Magma 53 (2012): 8.

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