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."


  • “Burroughs, Bowie, and the Reshaping of the Counterculture: William S. Burroughs Meets Ziggy Stardust.” In Burroughs Unbound: William Burroughs and the Performance of Writing. Ed. S.E. Gontarski. New York: Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2021. 311-320.
  • “Bob Dylan and Sound.” In Cambridge Critical Concepts: Literature and Sound. Editor: Anna Snaith, King’s College, London. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2020. 372-388.
  • “David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs, the Cut-Up, and Rock’s Unfinished Revolution.” Lit-Rock: Literary Capital in Popular Music. Ed. Ryan Hibbert, Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2022, pp. 35-49.
  • “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.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language, vol 53, no. 2, Summer 2001, pp. 138-158.
  • “T.S. Eliot and the Symbolist City.” A Companion to T.S. Eliot, ed. by David Chinitz, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009, pp. 27-39.
  • “Cultural Studies and the New Populism.” The Aesthetics of Cultural Studies: Form, Function, Fashion, ed. Michael Bérubé, Wiley-Blackwell, 2005, pp.140-155.
  • “Modernism and the Popular: Eliot’s Music Halls.” Modernism/modernity, vol. 8, no. 4, 200l, pp. 603-621.
  • “Camp Expertise: Music-hall and the Defense of Theory.” Victorian Literature and Culture, vol. 23, 2000, pp. 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.

Selected Book Reviews and Other Publications

  • Review of Dylan, Lennon, Marx and God by Jon Stewart. The Dylan Review, vol. 4, no. 1, Summer 2022.
  • Global Revolutionary Aesthetics and Politics After Paris ’68 (After the Empire: The Francophone World and Postcolonial France). Co-edited with Martin Munro, William Cloonan, and Christian Weber. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2021.
  • “A Matter of Electricity: William Burroughs and Rock Music.” American Book Review. Special Issue on William S. Burroughs. Volume 41, No. 3, March/April 2020. 10-11.
  • Review of William S. Burroughs and the Cult of Rock’n’Roll by Casey Rae. Journal of Popular Music Studies, vol. 32, no. 3, 2020, pp. 157-9.
  • Review of Dancing in the English Style: Consumption, Americanisation, and National Identity in Britain, 1918-50 by Allison Abra. Journal of British Studies, vol. 57, no. 3, 2018, pp. 636-7.
  • Review of Sideshow USA: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination by Rachel Adams. Modernism/modernity, vol. 10, no. 1, January 2003, pp. 193-4.
  • Review of Inventing Popular Culture From Folklore to Globalization by John Storey. Modernism/modernity, vol. 12, no. 2, 2005, pp. 353-5.


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

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