Dr Philip McGowan


Dr McGowan’s current research investigates the interrelation between twentieth-century poetry and philosophy, in particular in the works of Wallace Stevens and Elizabeth Bishop. The overlaps between philosophy and American writing also extend into his work on F. Scott Fitzgerald, in particular his short stories in the 1930s.

The outworkings of his research include examinations of American routines of addiction, the writing of silence, and of suicide in contemporary literature.

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Open to PhD applications in the field of 

  • American Poetry, in particular Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop and the Middle Generation
  • American Fiction
  • Transcendentalism
  • Addiction and Literature
  • Literature and Suicide
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  • Dr McGowan is the current President of the European Association for American Studies (eaas.eu), 2016-2020
  • Talking Books, episode 77: F Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby, 28 June 2015


Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

School of School Of Arts, English And Languages

QUB Centre for the Americas


Research students

PhD title: ‘Marilynne Robinson: Theologian of the Ordinary’

Name: Andrew Cunning
Years of Study: 2015 - 2018
Country: Northern Ireland


PhD title: Stereotypes in Jewish Film Directors

Name: Peter Lederer
Years of Study: 2015 - 2018
Country: USA



PhD title: ‘Heaney’s America’

Name: Christopher Laverty
Years of Study: 2015 - 2018
Country: Northern Ireland


Alumni: where are they now?

Andrew Eaton

PhD title: ‘Two Camps’ (Creative Writing PhD)

Years of Study: 2011 - 2014
Country: USA
Current position: Lecturer in Creative Writing, Oxford Brookes University

Bernadette Owens

PhD title: ‘The First Thing That Happens’ (Creative Writing PhD)

Years of Study: 2010 - 2014
Country: Northern Ireland
Current position: Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Adam Bargroff

PhD title: John McGahern

Years of Study: 2010 - 2014
Country: England
Current position: Camara, Ireland

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