Dr Gerry Carlin

Senior Lecturer

Gerry Carlin
Email address: G.Carlin@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 323477 Location: MC235 Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: School of Humanities Areas of expertise: Twentieth-century literature; the avant-garde; the literature and culture of the 1960s


Dr Gerry Carlin teaches and researches in the field of twentieth-century literature, with a special interest in modernism, the avant-garde, and the literature and culture of the 1960s. He has published in these fields, and welcomes supervision in these and related areas.

He is currently co-module leader for the 1st year Reading Literature module, and module leader for Critical Theory/Textual Practice in year 2, and Modernisms and The 1960s: Subculture, Pop Culture, Counterculture in year 3. His other teaching includes Popular Culture in year 1 and Unpopular Texts in year 3. He is also Admissions tutor for the department.


BA English, Politics and History (Leicester Polytechnic) 1st class
MA English Studies (University of Warwick) Distinction
PhD English (University of Warwick)


  • With Mark Jones, ‘Unfound Footage and Unfounded Rumours: The Manson Family Murders and the Persistence of Snuff’, in Neil Jackson , Shaun Kimber, Johnny Walker and Thomas Joseph Watson (eds), Snuff: Real Death and Screen Media (New York & London: Bloomsbury, 2016), pp. 173-87. ISBN 978-1-6289-2114-4.
  • Reading Jean Toomer’s ‘Cane’ (Penrith: Humanities-Ebooks, 2014). ISBN 978-184760-334-0.
  • With Mark Jones, ‘“Helter Skelter” and Sixties Revisionism’, in Countercultures and Popular Music, edited by Sheila Whiteley and Jedediah Sklower (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014), pp. 95-107. ISBN 9781472421067.
  • With Nicola Allen, ‘Slime and Western Man: H. P. Lovecraft as Modernist’, in David Simmons, ed., New Critical Essays on H.P. Lovecraft, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, pp. 73-90. ISBN 978-1-137-33224-0.
  • Gerald Carlin et Mark Jones, ‘“Helter Skelter” et l’heritage polémique des années 1960’, Volume!, 9: 2, 2012, 33-49.
  • With Mark Jones, ‘Pornogogy: Teaching the Titillating’, in Hard to Swallow: Hard-Core Pornography on Screen, edited by Claire Hines and Darren Kerr (London & New York: Wallflower Press, 2012), pp. 57-78. ISBN 978 0 231 16210 4.
  • With Mark Jones, ‘Cease to Exist: Manson Family Movies and Mysticism’, in Holy Terror: Understanding Religion and Violence in Popular Culture, edited by Eric Christianson and Christopher Partridge (London & Oakville CT: Equinox, 2010), pp. 53-62. ISBN 978 1 84553 359 5.
  • With Mark Jones, ‘”Students Study hard Porn”: Pornography and the Popular Press’, in Everyday Pornography, edited by Karen Boyle (London & New York: Routledge, 2010), pp. 179-189. ISBN 0 415 54378 9.
  • 'Rupert Bare: Art, Obscenity and the Oz Trial’, in The Permissive Society and Its Enemies: Sixties British Culture, edited by Marcus Collins (London: Rivers Oram Press, 2007), pp. 132-144. ISBN 978 185489 146 4.
  • With Mark Jones, ‘Pop Goes the Paperback’, in Judging a Book by its Cover, edited by Nicole Matthews and Nickianne Moody (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007), pp. 95-105. ISBN 978-0-7546-5731-6.
  • With Mark Jones, ‘Call this English Lit?’, The Guardian G2, 4th February 2004, p. 6.
  • With Mair Evans, ‘“Behold, I say, she comes”: The Eroticised Beginnings and Pisan Textual Returns of Ezra Pound’s Cantos’, in The Great London Vortex: Modernist Literature and Art, edited by Paul Edwards (Bath: Sulis Press, 2003), pp. 74-85. ISBN 0-9526856-9-8.
  • With Harjit Kaur Khaira, ‘Racing Fatalities: White Highway, Black Wreckage’, in Crash Cultures: Modernity, Mediation and the Material, edited by Jane Arthurs and Iain Hamilton Grant (Bristol & Portland Oregon: Intellect Books, 2003), pp. 117-29. ISBN 1-84150-071-2.
  • ‘The Lawrencean Spectacular: Art, Audience and Antagonism in The Plumed Serpent’, Études Lawrenciennes, 16 (December 1997), pp. 61-79. ISSN 0994-5490.
  • Review of Monsters of Nature and Design: The Fictions of James Joyce and Wyndham Lewis, by Scott Klein, Times Higher Educational Supplement (23 June 1995), p. 28


  • (With Mark Jones) ‘“Evolutionary agents sent by God”: The Beatles, Charles Manson, and Historical Feedback’, Sound Affects, University of East Anglia, April 15th, 2014.
  • (With Mark Jones) ‘Charlie’s Legions: The Manson Family and Subcultures of Nihilism’, Teenage Kicks: The Representation of Youth Subcultures in Fiction, Film and Other Media, Keele University, July 11-13th 2013.
  • ‘Robot Killers: Charles Manson, the My Lai Massacre and an Underground Comic’, British Society of Criminology Conference, July 2nd 2013.
  • (With Mark Jones) ‘“Misunderstanding all you see”: Charles Manson reading the Beatles at the end of the world’, Love Me Do: The Beatles at Fifty, Loughborough University, 4-5th October 2012.
  • (With Mark Jones) ‘Coming Down Fast, Loud and Nasty: ‘Helter Skelter’ and the Invention of Heavy Metal’, Home of Metal Conference: Heavy Metal and Place, University of Wolverhampton, 1st-4th September 2011.
  • (With Mark Jones) ‘Healter Skelter: Uncovering the Strange History of a Beatles’ Song’, New Research in SLSSC Second Annual Staff Research Conference, University of Wolverhampton, 2nd July 2010.
  • (With Mark Jones) ‘Dealing with an Extreme Case: Live Freaky! Die Freaky!’, Research in Cultures and Humanities paper, University of Wolverhampton, 28 January 2009.
  • ‘The Sirens Sang the Blues: African-American Folk Music, Modernist Mythopoeia, and the Dialectic of Enlightenment’, Forgotten Modernisms, an Internal Day Conference Organised by the research group in Art, Practice & Critical Theory (CADRE), HAGRI and the Research in Cultures & Humanities group (HLSS), University of Wolverhampton, 16th April 2008.
  • (With Mark Jones) ‘Abject Details: Signifying the Real in Manson Family Movies’ Violent Film Conference, University of Winchester 7-9 July 2006.
  • (With Mark Jones) ‘Manson: The Man Who Killed the Sixties’, Research in Cultures and Humanities Inaugural Conference, University of Wolverhampton, 3 December 2005
  • (With Mark Jones) keynote address, ‘Pornography, Pedagogy and the Popular Press’, The Limits of Representation: Speaking the Unspeakable, 7th Annual Conference of the Dept of Arts and Media, Buckingham Chilterns University College, 8th April 2005.
  • Introduction to a public screening of Quadrophenia, Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton, 22nd January 2003.
  • (With Harjit Kaur Khaira) ‘Racing Fatalities: White Highway, Black Wreckage’, Crash Cultures: The Significance of the Crash in 20th Century Culture, Watershed Media Centre, Bristol, November 30th 2002.
  • ‘Rupert Bare: Kids Soliciting Offence—the Oz trial and the Politics of Excess’, The Permissive Society and its Enemies, Summer Conference of the Institute of Contemporary History (UCL), 9th-11th July 2001.
  • (With Harjit Kaur Khaira) ‘White Heat of Technology/Black Machine of Fatality’, University of Essex, Department of Literature Research Seminar, March 16th 2000.
  • (With Mark Jones) ‘The Spectacular Liberation Front: Posters, Pop and Paperback Culture of the 1960s’, University of Central Lancashire, Cultural Studies Research Seminar, 3rd November 1999.
  • (With Mark Jones) ‘Paperbacks, Pop and Penguins’, Newman College of Higher Education, Birmingham, Research Seminar, 8th June 1999.
  • Invited speaker with Mark Jones, ‘The New Novel With a Gatefold Sleeve: Music as Literature in the 1960s’, The Sixties: Take 10, The Open University, Milton Keynes, 26th March 1999.
  • (With Ben Colbert), ‘Future Anteriorities’, English Research Group, University of Wolverhampton, 3rd March 1999.
  • (With Mark Jones), ‘This Year’s Model: Images, Icons and Pop’, public talk, Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton, 15th February 1999.
  • ‘Psychedelic Refashioning’, Coming Down Fast! Replaying the 1960s, University of Wolverhampton, 10-12th July 1998.
  • (With Mark Jones) ‘The Revolution Will Be In Stereo (But Playable on Mono Equipment if Fitted with a Compatible Cartridge) — British Pop Culture From the 1960s’, Postures & Impostures, University of Wolverhampton, 18th June 1998.
  • (With Ken Page and Mark Jones) ‘From Kitchen Sink to Swinging London’, introduction to a public screening of Lindsay Anderson’s IF...., Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton, 16th June 1998.
  • (With Mark Jones) ‘Some Product: Recycling the Revolution in Britain’, Gaming the Revolution, University of Warwick, 13th May 1998.
  • ‘“...Won’t you come out to play?”: British Psychedelic Pop Historiography’, School of Humanities & Social Sciences Research Paper, University of Wolverhampton, 25th February 1998.
  • (With Mair Evans) ‘“Behold, I say, she comes”: The Eroticised London Beginnings, and Pisan Textual Returns, of Ezra Pound’s Cantos’, Review of the Great English Vortex: Modernist London 1910-1930, Bath College of Higher Education, 22nd March 1997.
  • (With Maria Wakely) ‘Ulysses, Bakhtin and Female Polychronotopic Resistance’, Re: Joyce, An International Joyce Conference, Dundee University, 18-21 July 1996.
  • ‘The Lawrencean Spectacular: Art and Antagonism in The Plumed Serpent’, Sixth International D.H. Lawrence Conference, University of Nottingham, 11th-16th July 1996.
  • ‘Derrida, Nietzsche and Play’, Derrida and Politics Group, University of Warwick, 17th May 1995.
  • ‘Pound, Politics & Promiscuity’, Humanities Research Forum, University of Wolverhampton, 10th May 1995.
  • ‘Ezra Pound and Repetition’, Research in Poetry and Poetics, Warwick University, 2nd May 1995. 

Conference Organisation

  • Co-organiser (with Mark Jones) Coming Down Fast! Replaying the 1960s, University of Wolverhampton, 10th-12th July 1998.
  • Co-organiser (with Ben Colbert) B.A.R.S. Day Conference: Romantic Postmodernism/Postmodern Romanticism, University of Wolverhampton, 17th May 1997.
  • Co-organiser, Modernism & Mythopoeia, University of Warwick, 28th-30th April 1995.