Susan Barbour, DPhil, MFA


2014           DPhil English Literature, University of Oxford

                   Dissertation: “Elegaic [sic] Materialism: The Art and Poetry of Susan Howe”

2003          MFA Poetry, The Johns Hopkins University

2000          BA English Literature, Dartmouth College



2014-15       Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Caltech & The Huntington Library, Materialities, Texts, & Images (MTI) Program



2017            The Institute for Art and Olfaction, Los Angeles, CA (May 1 – July 15)

2016            The Bogliasco Foundation, Bogliasco, Italy (October 10 – November 11)

2016            The Jentel Arts Residency, Banner, WY (April 15 – May 14)

2015            The Dora Maar House/Brown Foundation, Ménerbes, France (July 1 – 30)



2016           Edith and Richard French Research Fellow, The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale   University

2014            Somerville College Grant for Research at the UCSD Theodore Geisel Library

2012-14        Visiting Scholar in English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

2012            Somerville College Grant for Research at The Beinecke Library at Yale

2012            Oxford English Faculty Grant for Research at The Beinecke Library at Yale

2013-14        Rothermere American Institute Studentship in American Literature

2010-13        Oxford Clarendon Fund Scholarship

2010-13        Somerville College Graduate Scholar in the Humanities              

2008-09      James B. Reynolds Fellowship for Foreign Study

2002-03      Johns Hopkins Teaching Fellowship

1996-00       Dartmouth Endowed Scholar

1996             National Merit Scholar



Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“The Origins of the Prose Captions in H.D.’s Helen in Egypt.” The Review of English Studies. Vol. 63 no. 260 (June 2012) pp.  466-490 *Shortlisted for The Review of English Studies Annual Essay Prize

“ ‘Spiritual Hyphen’:  bibliography and elegy in Susan Howe’s The Midnight.” Textual Practice. Vol. XXV no. 1 (February 2011) pp. 133-55

Essays & Reviews

“Duchamp’s Long Shadow: The Secret Meaning of  Tu M’.” The Los Angeles Review of Books. April 17, 2017. n.p.

“Hands-on/Hands-off.” Rev. of The Art of Collaboration: Poets, Artists, Books. Eds. Anca Cristofovici & Barbara Montefalcone. Transatlantica: revue d’études américaines. no. 1 (2016): n.p.

“Out in the Middle of Somewhere: On Being an Urban Writer at an Artist Residency in Rural Wyoming.” Catapult. August 12, 2016. n.p.

“Redefining Travel, Re-experiencing Paris.” Rev. of City Secrets Paris: The Essential Insider’s Guide. Ed. Robert Kahn. The Los Angeles Review of Books. July 15, 2015. n.p.

“Nothing in the Grand Scheme of Things.” Rev. of A partir de rien: Esthetique, poetique et politique de l'infime, by Vincent Broqua. Transatlantica: revue d'études américaines. no. 2 (2013): n.p.

“Literary Doubles: On Researching a Living Poet.” The Clarendon Chronicle. October, 2012. p. 5.

“How I Fell in Love with Wine.” Parisien Salon. May 2011. n.p.

Selected Poetry in Journals and Anthologies

“Artist & Model.” The Tiny. no. 4 (September 2017): n.p.

“Tune.” Five Dials. Vol. 33 (Summer 2014): 7.

“Insomnia.” The Paris Review. no. 200 (Spring 2012): 216.

Joining Music with Reason: An Anthology of Oxford Poets. Ed. Christopher Ricks. London: Waywiser, 2010. pp. 21-34.

“Posing” and “O’Keeffe’s Music—Pink and Blue.” The Oxonian Review of Books. (Spring 2010): n.p.

“There.” Oxford Poetry. Vol. XIII no.1 (Fall 2009): 63-4.


Hervé Tullet. Doodle Cook. London: PHAIDON, 2011.

Book Manuscripts under Review

An American Dreamer: A Poet’s Story of Wall Street [Novel]

Elegiac Materialism: The Art and Poetry of Susan Howe [Monograph]

Nude Untangling Her Hair [Poetry and drawings]


Redolence: The Poetics of Smell and the Rise of Olfactory Art [Theory]



2018           Modern Mating. The Museum of Sex. New York, NY. [forthcoming]  

2018           Collaboration. Profumo: A Pairing of Chords and Accords. The Institute for Art & Olfaction. Los Angeles, CA (scented concert with composer Richard Festinger) [forthcoming]

2017-18       Group Exhibition. Doing Easy. Drawings and installation. Outposts Projects. Joshua Tree, CA.

2017            Solo Exhibition. Shhhhh…your pheromones are talking! The Institute for Art and Olfaction. Los Angeles, CA.



“Eat Your Smell.” Good Mythical Morning. YouTube Original Series, November 29, 2017. 

Senses of Poetry. Directed by Hortense Lingjaerde and 刘珉 Liu Min “Cloud.” Los Angeles: University of Southern California, 2017.

Swan, Jennifer. “I Went to an Armpit Sniffing Class.” VICE. July 24, 2017.

Donahue, Linda. “The Wine Poet of Paris.” Interview. Parisien Salon. February, 2009.



2013            College Tutor, Merton College, University of Oxford, U.K., “Introduction to Literature” (First year seminar and writing tutorial)

2010           Instructor of Record, École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France, “Critical Thinking in Global Contexts” (First year seminar in English)

2002-03         Instructor of Record, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, “Advanced Expository Writing” (First year writing workshop)

Other Teaching Experience

2009-17      Private Writing Tutor

2005-06     English Language Teaching Assistant, The French Embassy, Lyon, France

2001-02      English Language Teacher, GEOS Language School, Wakayama, Japan

2000          Cambridge CELTA ESL certificate, Embassy CES, New York, NY, High Pass



Conferences Organized

2015            “Looking at Language: the Materialized Word.” One-day plenary workshop hosted by the Materialities, Texts, and Images (MTI) Program. Caltech. Pasadena, CA

Invited Papers & Readings

2018           “Nude Untangling Her Hair: The Lyric Logic of the Drawing Studio.” College Art Association Annual Conference. Los Angeles, CA

2017            “Pheromones: The Emperor’s New Clothes?” The Institute for Art and Olfaction. Los Angeles, CA

2016           Fiction and Poetry Reading. Jentel Artist Residency. Banner, WY

2015            “Nominalism and Realism: Susan Howe’s Turn to Document.” The Huntington Library. San Marino, CA

2015            Fiction and Poetry Reading. The Dora Maar House. Ménerbes, FRANCE

2013            Fiction and Poetry Reading. University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K.

2011            “ ‘Between Rupture and Rapture’: Susan Howe’s Art Historical Contexts.” The Radcliffe American Institute. Oxford, U.K.

2010           Fiction Reading. Albion Beatnik Bookstore. Oxford, U.K.

2009          “ ‘Spiritual Hyphen’: bibliography and elegy in Susan Howe’s The Midnight.” The Banff Centre for the Arts. Banff, CANADA

2008          Oxford Professor of Poetry Annual Reading. Curated by Sir Christopher Ricks. Balliol College. Oxford, U.K.



2016           DWS, Wine and Spirits Education Trust, Level 4 Diploma

2015           FWS, French Wine Scholar, Pass with Honors

2014           Wine and Spirits Education Trust, Advanced Certificate, Pass with Merit



French: advanced proficiency in reading, speaking, and writing

Italian: proficiency in reading and speaking



2014-15       Reading Group in Materiality for The Huntington Library Long-term Fellows, Founder and Moderator

2009-10      Dartmouth College Alumni Association, District Enrollment Director, France

2000-13      Dartmouth College Alumni Interviewer

2011             Merton College Admissions Interviewer

2008-09     Wolfson College Governing Body Graduate Student Representative

2006-08     Publicolor Steering Committee



Modern Language Association (MLA)

College Art Association (CAA)

Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP)