Stephen-Mooney

Dr Stephen Mooney


Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing
BSc (Trinity College Dublin), BA (Birkbeck), PhD (Birkbeck)
+44 (0)1483 683121
34 AC 05
Monday 13:00 – 14:00, Tuesday 14:00 – 16:00

Academic and research departments

School of Literature and Languages.

Biography

Areas of specialism

Contemporary and Innovative Poetry; Poetics; Avant-Garde & Experimental Film; American Literature; Temporality; Performance; Experimental & Avant-Garde Music; Irish Literature; Gaming and Poetics

University roles and responsibilities

  • Subject Leader for English, Film and Creative Writing
  • Programme Leader - BA English Literature and English Literature combined with Film/Politics/Sociology/French/German/Spanish
  • Poetry Co-ordinator

Research

Research interests

My teaching

Supervision

Postgraduate research supervision

My publications

Publications

Mooney S (2010) Temporal Unfixity in the Work of Lee Harwood, Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry 2 (2) pp. 37-58 Glyphi
Lee Harwood?s poetry employs a disjunctive temporality that is both
multiple and unfixed in relation to the visuality of the page as well
as to the live poetry reading (performance). Cinematic techniques
(such as framing and cutting) complicate both the visual and temporal
fields of the poem. Paying particular attention to oral recordings by
Harwood, I examine the temporal complexity a reading of his poems
displays and brings into contact with the reader/listener. Positing a
temporal operation that is disjunctive, unfinished and unfixed, I propose
an openness in Harwood?s poetry to external and internal temporal
factors that engage both the poem and the reader/listener, and link this
to background temporality. KEYWORDS
background temporality " frame " Lee Harwood " poetics " poetry
reading " temporality " visuality
Mooney Stephen, Adair G (2010) Gilbert Adair & Stephen Mooney in Conversation, Readings - Response and Reactions to Poetries (5) CPRC Birkbeck
Poet Gilbert Adair and Stephen Mooney in Conversation
Mooney Stephen (2014) The Cursory Epic, Contraband Books
The Cursory Epic - in which YOU are the Hero! Drawing on language, imagery and the distinctive "multiple-choice" format employed in eighties' fantasy fiction and RPG, Stephen Mooney's Cursory Epic takes the reader on an socio-political nightmare adventure - from the Shumanti Hills (where the reader will be faced with tricks and fantasy as venture capitalism) to Khare, Cityport of Traps (where every doorway and alley may conceal the Coalition Agreement). Will you secure the Cursory Spellbook required to bring order to the United Kingdom? or will you fall prey to the Seven Serpents? The legendary grasp or is it? In this late modernist epic, YOU are Porky George Osborne (Hero) - and the fate of the Big Society is in your hands! (Oh - and Rihanna Worships the Devil.)
Mooney Stephen (Estaphin) (2008) DCLP (District & Central Line Project), Veer Books
A subversive journey through London's District and Central lines, where sexual territory, surveillance, and other invasive totalitarian tendencies of contemporary government meet. Truly investigative poetry. Shocking, exasperating, hilarious.
Mooney Stephen (2016) Ratzinger Solo, Contraband
?That the ex-Pope, Donald Trump, and Han Solo continually survive as characters, despite radical inconsistencies in public declaration and perception, obviously has something sinister about it.

What?s the fuel of their survival, if not ?our? flesh and blood, translated into code? This book?s operation is un-translation. Back to the real inside the speech. Something is happening which exceeds existing understanding and description of the operation of power, and goes beyond existing critique of language ? something other than hyper-reality, hyper-instrumentality, fetishism of reference, degradation of language, ?post-truth?.

Complex meldings of theology of sacrifice, business discourse, political rhetoric give some paths to follow. Ratzinger Solo shows an essential part of what it means to be inside this situation.?

William Rowe

Mooney S (2006) Howl of Resistance, Shambhala Sun 15 (2) Lion's Roar
British writer STEPHEN MOONEY says we need the Beats? example of resistance to oppressive conformity more than ever.
Mooney S (2008) Stephen Mooney on MJ Weller's Secret Blue Book, Readings - Response and Reactions to Poetries (3) CPRC Birkbeck
Creative Review for the Readings Literary journal of MJ Weller's Secret Blue Book. MJ Weller?s three part Secret Blue Book is a work that very successfully walks the line on the pornographic issue (so to speak); it is clearly not a pornographic work in that it scrutinises, and speaks about, the pornographic gaze, and the language of porn, and is not in this sense reducable to these forms; at the same time it is equally clearly a work of undisguised pornography, utilising as it does, both pornographic content and technique to achieve a form of linguistic pornography that it uses to critique the genre itself.
Mooney Stephen, McCardle A, Hugill P (2007) Forum on Women Writers, Readings - Response and Reactions to Poetries (2) CPRC Birkbeck
This text is a transcript of a performed article at the Forum for Women Writers at Birkbeck College in 2007. Aodan McCardle, Piers Hugill and Stephen Mooney represented London Under Construction (LUC) at the forum.
McCardle A, Hugill P, Mooney Stephen (2009) Shuddered, Veer Books
"Selections from the three bodies of work written during our collective time at the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre (CPRC), Birbeck ... selections of this work also stem from the performances and publications of the "London Under ...
Stan Brakhage, as one of the foremost avant-garde filmmakers of the 20th Century (indeed right up to his death in 2003), has offered viewers of his films an expanded sense of what the camera can achieve. His influential development of theories of ?hypnogogic vision? and ?moving visual thinking? complicate the ways in which viewers of his films experience the visual. What is presented on the screen often reflects a discontinuous sense of the camera as eye. What is seen on the screen, and what can be seen, is not presented to us as a cohesive, non-negotiable actuality, but rather as a complex unearthing of cinematic techniques that relate to the physical aspects of seeing, and that engage with the viewer?s own sense of the visual. This paper seeks to show ways in which Stan Brakhage?s ?just seeing?, and his achievements in cinematic technique in this area, are useful, in an expository way, in the contextualisation of some of the poetic techniques and strategies used in contemporary poetry in relation to the formulation, and manifestation, of complex temporal structures that invoke a sense of ?Background Temporality?, or sense of temporal engagement that informs the poetry, and the performance of the poetry, at a given time, in a given place, to a given reader or audience. I will demonstrate, in relation to avant-garde and contemporary strategies of representation, such as those adopted in Brakhage?s cinema, how these poetries can engage with forms of discontinuous visuality, visuality that is fractured and multiply activated, particularly in terms of its temporal operation. Specifically I will look at some examples from the poetry of Lee Harwood, Bruce Andrews and Joan Retallack.
Mooney Stephen (2016) 663 Reasons Why, Contraband
James Ellroy is an eccentric and divisive popular novelist. Since the publication of his first novel Brown?s Requiem in 1981, Ellroy?s outré ?Demon Dog? persona and his highly stylised, often pornographically voyeuristic and violent crime novels have continued to polarise both public and academic opinion. This study considers Ellroy?s status as an historical novelist, critically evaluating the significance and function of voyeurism in his two collections of epic noir fiction The L.A. Quartet and The Underworld U.S.A. Trilogy. Using a combination of psychoanalysis, postmodern and cultural theory, it argues that Ellroy?s fiction traces the development of the voyeur from a deviant and perverse ?peeping tom? into a recognisable, contemporary ?social type?, a paranoid and obsessive viewer who is a product of the decentred and hallucinatory, ?cinematic? world that he inhabits. In particular, it identifies a recurring pattern of ?ocularcentric crisis? in Ellroy?s texts, as characters become continually unable to understand or interpret through vision. Alongside a thematic analysis of obsessive watching, this project also suggests that Ellroy?s works - particularly his later novels - are themselves voyeuristic, implicating the reader in these broader narrative patterns of both visual and epistemophilic obsession. While principally a study on Ellroy?s work, this thesis also attempts to situate his texts within the broader contexts of both the contemporary historical novel and our pervasive ?culture of voyeurism?. This thesis will therefore be of interest not only to Ellroy critics and readers, but also to scholars of both contemporary fiction and contemporary cultural studies.
Mooney S (2016) Innovative Women?s Poetry in the United Kingdom, Women: A Cultural Review 26 (3) pp. 237-253 Taylor and Francis
This article presents an overview, from a publishing and poetics perspective, of innovative women's poetry in the United Kingdom in the present day, examining some of the issues around access and representation of women's writing in that context. Conferences, festivals and anthologies are considered, alongside information from poetry publishing houses in the field, including a reading of the current scape of innovative women's writing in the United Kingdom from the author's perspective as an editor of Veer Books. The convergence of transgender identity and that of women in key issues of identity space and visibility in terms of innovative writing (both practices and spaces) is also proposed.
Mooney Stephen (2018) Stan Brakhage?s Temporality, Disjunction and Reflexive Process, In: Lori Marco, Leslie Esther (eds.), Stan Brakhage the realm buster John Libbey Publishing/ Indiana University Press