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David MarriottCharles T. Winship Professor of Philosophy


PhD, School of English and American Studies, University of Sussex, 1993


Comparative Francophone Caribbean Literature and Literary theory, psychoanalysis, Black cultural theory and philosophies of race, literary and visual cultures of modernism


  • Faculty, Cave Canem Summer Retreat (2022)
  • Leverhulme Visiting Professor in Critical Poetics University of Sussex (2014)
  • Stanford Humanities Center Fellowship - Black Poetry and Knowledge (2009-2010)
  • Institute of Humanities Research: Research Fellowship, Spring Quarter (2009)
  • Institute for Humanities Research: Research Fellowship, fall quarter (2004)
  • Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2002-03)
  • Recipient of Arts and Humanities Research Board Research Leave Scheme (1998-99)
  • Robin Lee Poetry Competition, Runner-up (1986)



  • Bluetown (Omnidawn, 2023, in press)
  • N'est Pas: Writing, Art, Politics (Standford UP, in press)
  • Before Whiteness (City Lights, 2022) 
  • Lacan Noir: Lacan in Black Studies. Palgrave Lacan Series. (2020)
  • Duppies. (Commune Editions, 2019)
  • Whither Fanon?: Studies in the Blackness of Being (Stanford University Press, Cultural Memory of the Present, 2018)
  • Duppies (London: London Materials, 2017) 
  • In-Neuter (Equipage: Cambridge, 2012) 
  • The Bloods (Exeter, Shearsman Books, 2011)
  • Hoodoo Voodoo (London, Shearsman Books, 2008)
  • Haunted Life: Visual Culture and Black Modernity (New Jersey, Rutgers University Press, 2007)
  • Incognegro (Cambridge, Salt Publications, 2006)
  • On Black Men, (Edinburgh and New York, Edinburgh University Press and Columbia University Press, 2000)

Edited Books 

  • Psychoanalysis and Poetics, eds. David Marriott and Vicky Lebeau  (London, Fragmente, 1998)

Selected Poems, Chapters, & Essays

  • "Bluetown", "When the Last Nests Are Empty", "Homecoming", in Second Stutter (San Francisco, 2019)
  • "Black Sunlight", The Penguin Book of the Prose (London, Penguin, 2018) 
  • "In Memory of the Rascal"; "Eskimo (after Wiley)".  From London Out: An Anthology of Contemporary English Poetry. (2017)
  • "The Garden". For the Future. Poems & Essays in Honour of J.H. Prynne (London, Shearsman Books, 2016) 
  • "The Bunker".  Best American Experimental Writing. (Wesleyan University Press, 2016)
  • "The Racialized Body", The Cambridge Companion to the Body in Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2015)
  • "Black Critical and Cultural Theory" in The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory (2015)
  • "The Figure of Crusoe" in Modernism and Masculinities (Cambridge UP, 2014) 
  • 'The Redeemers', The Best British Poetry (Salt Publications, 2013)
  • 'Out of Bounds'. British Black & Asian Poets. (Bloodaxe Books, 2012)
  • "No Second Chances," Queer Times, Queer Becomings (SUNY Press, 2011)
  • 'Identity Parade'. New British & Irish Poets. (Bloodaxe Books, 2010). ("The Day Ena Died"; "Tap"; "Over the Black Mountains") 
  • "Otello--An Intimate Study of Envy", Giuseppe Verdi, Otello (Salzburg, Salzburger Festspiele, 2008)
  • 'Veil, No. 2', Complicities. British Poetry 1945-2007 (Literraria Pragensia, Prague, 2007)
  • "Of Movement Towards a Natural Place," For J.H. Prynne: In Celebration (Barque Press, 2006)
  • "En Moi," Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks, "Texts in Culture" series, (Manchester University Press, 2005)
  • "Signs Taken for Signifiers: Language Writing, Fetishisms, and Disavowal," Assembling Alternatives: Essays On/Against Reading Postmodern Poetries Transnationally, (Wesleyan University Press, 2004)
  • "The Derived Life of Fiction: Race, Childhood, and Culture," Hating in the First Person Plural (New York, Other Press, 2003)
  • "How did Nietzsche get in the Nursery?," Where Id Was: Challenging Normalisation in Psychoanalysis (London, Athlone Press, 2001)
  • "Border Anxieties," Comparing Postcolonial Literatures (London, Macmillan, 2000)
  • "A Dialectics of the Real," The Recovery of the Public World (Vancouver, Talonbooks, 1999)
  • "In Memory of Absent Fathers: Black Paternity and Social Spectatorship," Psycho-politics and Cultural Desires (London, Taylor & Francis, 1998)
  • "Bonding Over Phobia," The Psychoanalysis of Race (New York, Columbia University Press, 1998)
  • "Aspects of Ousia and Transitive Verb Form in Fenollosa's The Chinese Written Character and Pound's Cantos," Language and the Subject (New York, Rodopi, 1997)
  • "Figures of Silence and Orality in the Poetry of M. Nourbese-Philip," Framing the Word: Gender and Genre in Caribbean Women's Writing (London, Whiting and Birch, 1996)
  • "Reading Black Masculinities," Understanding Masculinities: Social Relations and Cultural Arenas (Open University Press, 1996)

Selected Articles

  • "Sacrifices", Diacritics. Special issue: Rethinking Black Resistance (2021)
  • "Nègre, Figura", Textual Practice. Special issue on Style (2021)
  • "Forming 969, and Other Epiphanies". Chicago Review Special Issue on Marxism and Avant-Garde Poetry (2020)
  • "On Crystallization", Critical Times (2020)
  • "Blackness: N'est Pas?", Propter Nos (2020)
  • "The becoming-black of the world", Radical Philosophy. Series 2 (2018)
  • "The X of Representation: Rereading Stuart Hall". Qui Parle. (2018)
  • "The Perfect Beauty of Black Death". Los Angeles Review of Books. The Philosophical Salon (2017) 
  • "On Decadence: Bling Bling". Eflux. Special Issue: 'As the World Falls Apart..' (2017)
  • "Making Nothing Happen". The Capilano Review.  (Summer, 2017)
  • 'Judging Fanon', Rhizomes 29, Special Issue, "Black Holes: Afro-Pessimism, blackness and the discourses of Modernity." (2016)
  • "Corpsing; or the Matter of Black Life". Cultural Critique. Special Issue: "The State of Things" (2016)
  • "Making Nothing Happen". The Future of Literary Thinking. Special Issue of Textual Practice. (2016)
  • 'Bastard Allegories: Black British Independent Cinema', Black Camera, special issue on Fugitivity and Cinema. (2015)
  • "The Ocular Truth": C.L.R. James's England', Critical Quarterly (2015)
  • 'On Racial Etiquette: Adrian Piper's My Calling Cards', Postmodern Culture (2013)
  • 'Inventions of Existence: Sylvia Wynter, Frantz Fanon, Sociogeny, and the "Damned"',  The New Centennial Review (2013)
  • "Waiting to Fall", The New Centennial Review (2013)
  • "On Racial Fetishism," Qui Parle (2010)
  • "The Love of Neither-Either: Racial Integration in Pressure Point," Qui Parle (2003)
  • "The Derived Life of Fiction," New Formations (2001)
  • "The Rites of Difficulty," Fragmente (1997)
  • "Bordering On: the Black Penis," Textual Practice (1996)
  • "Contemporary British Poetries and Resistance," Parataxis: Modernism and Modern Writing (1996)
  • "Signs Taken for Signifiers: Language, Fetishism, and Disavowal," Fragmente (1995)
  • "A Note on Olson's Projective Prosody," Parataxis: Modernism and Modern Writing (1994)