Barry Faulk

WMS 219
Music and Literature, Literary Theory, Victorian literature and culture, popular culture studies

Barry Faulk is a Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research field is late 19th century British Literature and culture. Other research interests are urban history; Modernism's roots in late Victorian London bohemia; 20th century popular music as a means to construct group and subculture identity.


  • Punk Rock Warlord: The Life and Work of Joe Strummer In Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series. Ed. by Barry J. Faulk and Brady Harrison. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate 2014.
  • British Rock Modernism, 1967-1977; Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series, November, 2010.

    British Rock Modernism treats various albums by canonical rock groups as case studies (The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society [1968], Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols [1977], the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour [1967]). It also considers the very different careers of several British women performers of the era, focusing particularly on Dusty Springfield and the recording of Dusty in Memphis (1968). The book argues that British rock bands ironically appropriated Victorian music hall form in order to comment on the commercial world of popular music in which they were engaged.

  • Music-hall and Modernity, Ohio University Press, 2004.

    Details how Victorian literary professionals constructed "the Popular."


  • In Press: “Bob Dylan and Sound." In Cambridge Critical Concepts: Literature and Sound. Editor: Anna Snaith, King’s College, London. Cambridge: Cambridge UP.
  • “David Bowie and the Beats: The Strange Case of Diamond Dogs.” In Lit-Rock: Literary Capital in Popular Music, Ed. Ryan Hibbet. (Contracted by Bloomsbury Academic, publication date set for 2020)
  • “Burroughs, Bowie, and the Remodeling of the Counterculture.” In Burroughs Unbound: William Burroughs and the Performance of Writing. Ed. S.E. Gontarski. (Tentative title; contracted by Bloomsbury Academic)
  • “Charlie Chaplin, Walter Benjamin, and the Redemption of the City." In Popular Modernism and Its Legacies. Ed. Scott Ortolano. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017. 95-113.
  • "T.S. Eliot and the Music Hall Comedian." In The Edinburgh Companion to T.S. Eliot and the Arts. Eds. Francis Dickey and John Morgenstern. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2016. 134-146.
  • "Symbolism and Decadence." In A Companion to Modernist Poetry. Eds. David E. Chinitz and Gail McDonald. Wiley Blackwell: Malden, MA, 2014. 144-157.
  • "Modernist Urban Nostalgia and British Metropolitan Writing, 1908-1934." In Modernism and Nostalgia: Bodies, Locations, Aesthetics. Ed. Tammy Clewell. Palgrave Macmillan: New York, New York, 2013. 111-131.
  • "New Left in Victorian Drag: The Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus"; forthcoming, Texas Studies in Literature and Language
  • "T.S. Eliot and the Symbolist City," in A Companion to T.S. Eliot, Ed. David Chinitz (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009)
  • "Cultural Studies and the New Populism." In The Aesthetics of Cultural Studies, Form, Function, Fashion, (Blackwell, in press). Edited by Michael Berube.
  • "Modernism and the Popular: Eliot's Music Halls." Modernism/Modernity 8 (2001): 603-621."
  • Camp Expertise: Music-hall and the Defense of Theory," Victorian Literature and Culture 23 (2000): 171-197.
  • "Spies and Experts: Laura Ormiston Chant and Victorian Professionals," Victorians Institute Journal, 23 (1996): 51-85.
  • "Tracing Lipstick Traces: Cultural Studies and the Reception of Greil Marcus." Works and Days 11 (1993): 47-65.


  • Sideshow USA: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination, Rachel Adams, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002). In Modernism/Modernity, 10 (March 2003), 193-4.
  • Inventing Popular Culture, John Storey, (Oxford: Blackwell's, 2003), in Modernism/Modernity, 2004.


  • "Transformation Through Teaching" Award, FSU Spiritual Life Project, 2011.
  • University Teaching Award, 2002.

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