Prof P McGuinness

Patrick McGuinness, M.A., D.Phil., FLSW, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques
University Lecturer (CUF) in French, Fellow of St Anne’s College; Professor of French and Comparative Literature


Patrick McGuinness’ main research interests include 19th and 20th century French literature, especially Poetry and Theatre; French and Belgian Symbolism; Belgian Literature in French and Comparative Literature; Anglo-American Modernism and modern poetry in English. He is also developing research interests in modern and contemporary Quebecois poetry. He has writtten three colections of poems, The Canals of Mars, 19th Century Blues, Jilted City, and a novel, The Last Hundred Days, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and won the Writers’ Guild Prize for Fiction and the Wales Book of the Year. In French it won the Prix du premier roman étranger 2013.His memoir, Other People’s Countries: A Journey into Memory (Cape 2014) won the Duff Cooper Prize and the Wales Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for the James Tait Black and the PEN Ackerley Prize. It appears as Vide-grenier in French from Grasset.

He is editor of the academic series Le Romantisme et après en France for Peter Lang.


French language and modern literature; comparative literature; modern British and American poetry



Academic books

Modernism and its Aftermaths: British and American Poetry after Pound, Liverpool University Press, forthcoming 2020

Poetry and Radical Politics in fin de siècle France (Oxford University Press 2015; pb 2018)

Editor, with Charlie Louth, Gravity and Grace: Essays for Roger Pearson, Legenda 2019 

Editor, with Emily McLaugh;in, The Made and the Found: Poetry and Prose for Michael Sheringham, Legenda, 2017

Editor, with Nathalie Aubert, Pierre-Philippe Fraiture, From Art Nouveau to Surrealism: Belgian Modernity in the Making (Legenda, 2007)

Editor, with Nathalie Aubert and Pierrre-Philippe Fraiture, La Belgique entre deux siècles: Laboratoire de la modernité, 1880-1914, Le Romantisme et après en France (Peter Lang, 2007)

Editor, Symbolism, Decadence and the fin de siècle: French and European Perspectives (University of Exeter Press, 2000)

Maurice Maeterlinck and the Making of Modern Theatre (Oxford University Press, 2000)



Throw me to the Wolves (Jonathan Cape, Bloomsbury US), 2019

Other People’s Countries (Jonathan Cape), 2014

The Last Hundred Days, (Seren/Bloomsbury US), 2011



Déjà-vu: Poesie schelte vecchie et nuove, trans. Girogia Sensi, Latiano, Interno Poesia, 2019

Five Poems, Clutag Press, 2016

Guide bleu, trans. Gilles Ortlieb, éditions Fario, 2015

Jilted City, Carcanet, 2010

19th Century Blues, The Poetry Business, 2006

The Canals of Mars, Carcanet, 2004



Hélène Dorion, Ravir. Les Lieux, Arc 2011

Mallarmé, For Anatole’s Tomb, Carcanet 2004

Jorge Manrique, Stanzas for the Death of his Father, Seagull Books, 2020


Selected editions

Editor, J-K Huysmans, Against Nature/A Rebours, Penguin Classics (Penguin Books, 2003)

Editor, T.E.Hulme: Selected Writings, Carcanet Press, 1998 (New Edition/American edition, Routledge USA, 2003)

Editor, with Pierre Jourde, Alexandre Gefen, Marcel Schwob, Oeuvres (Les Belles Lettres, 2002)

Editor, Anthologie de la poésie symboliste et décadente (Les Belles Lettres, 2001)

Anthologie de la Poésie symboliste et décadente (Les Belles Lettres, 2001)

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