Profile: Laurence Coupe

I was a lecturer in English at Manchester Metropolitan University (1984- 2014).

I was subsequently a visiting professor at MMU (2014-17).

I have published six books and innumerable essays, articles and reviews.




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Myth  (London: Routledge,  1997; 2nd revised & extended edition, 2009)

The Green Studies Reader: From Romanticism to Ecocriticism (London: Routledge, 2000)

Kenneth Burke on Myth (New York: Routledge, 2005)

Marina Warner (Tavistock: Northcote House, 2006)

Beat Sound, Beat Vision: The Beat Spirit and Popular Song (Manchester: MUP, 2007)

Kenneth Burke: From Myth to Ecology (Anderson, CA: Parlor Press, 2013)

More about my Books


These are listed in reverse order: most recent first.

King Lear and the Green World’, in Lucy Webster (ed.), Studying King Lear (London: EMC Publications, 2018), pp. 170-72.

‘Environment’, in Robert A. Segal & Kocku von Stuckrad (eds), A Vocabulary for the Study of Religion, Volume l (Leiden & Boston: Brill Press, 2015), pp 517-524.

‘Reading and Writing’, in Robert A. Segal & Kocku von Stuckrad (eds), A Vocabulary for the Study of Religion, Volume 3 (Leiden & Boston: Brill Press, 2015), pp 196-202.

‘Introduction to Ecocriticism’, AQA A-Level English Literature Critical Anthology (Cambridge: CUP, 2015), pp 49-52, 54-7

‘Ted Hughes and Myth’, in Ted Hughes: New Casebook, ed. by Terry Gifford (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), pp 13-24

‘Green Theory’, in The Routledge Companion to Critical and Cultural Theory (2nd ed.),  ed. by Simon Malpas and Paul Wake (London: Routledge, 2013), pp 154-66

‘“A Quest For Place”: Gary Snyder’s Search For A Living Myth’, in  Refashioning Myth: Poetic Transformations and Metamorphoses, ed. by David McInnis, Eric Parisot & Jessica Wilkinson (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2011), pp 139-60

‘Foreword’, in Classical and Contemporary Mythic Identities, ed. by Amina Alyal & Paul Hardwick(Lampeter: Mellen Press, 2010), pp xi-xiii

‘Words and the Word: Burke’s Logology and Eliot’s Mythology’, in The Ways of Creative Mythologies,  ed. by Maria Kuteeva (Telford: Tolkien Society Press, 2000), pp. 39-44

‘Myth’, Annotated Bibliography for English Studies (Lisse, Abington, Exton & Tokyo: Swets & Zeitlinger, 1998 onwards) CD-Rom / Internet document

‘Ecocriticism’, Annotated Bibliography for English Studies (Lisse, Abingdon, Exton & Tokyo: Swets & Zeitlinger, 1998 onwards), CD-Rom / Internet document

‘Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams and Modern Hermeneutics’, in Sigmund Freud: Critical Approaches, ed. by Laurie Spurling (London & New York: Routledge, 1989), Vol III, pp. 340-353

‘Tell Me Lies about Vietnam: British Poetry and the American War’, in Tell Me Lies about Vietnam, ed. by Alf Louvre & Jeffrey Walsh (Milton Keynes & Philadelphia: Open University Press, 1988), pp. 167-180

Essays on Arena, Art & Letters, The Enemy, Our Time and Poetry Quarterly in British Literary Magazines: 20th Century, ed. by Alvin Sullivan (New York & London: Greenwood Press, 1986), pp.28-31, 31-35, pp.161-164, pp.327-331, pp.367-369

‘Jack Lindsay: From the Aphrodite to Arena’, in Jack Lindsay: The Thirties and Forties, ed. by Robert Mackie (London: University of London Press, 1984), pp. 46-60



These are listed in reverse order: most recent first.

‘The Twenty Best Harry Chapin Songs’, PopMatters 17 October 2023:

‘Beyond the Incredible String Band: Seven Songs by Mike Heron’, PopMatters 7 September 2023:

‘Songs of the Earth: Woody Guthrie to Neil Young’, PopMatters 16 January 2023

‘What Was So Incredible About the Incredible String Band?’, PopMatters 3 October 2022

‘What We Can Learn from Robert Bresson’s Simple Tale about a Donkey: Au Hasard Balthazar’, PopMatters 30 August 2022

‘When Popular Music Left Love Songs for Gurus’, PopMatters 25 August 2022

‘Same Song, Different Readings: Bob Dylan’s “Visions of Johanna”‘, PopMatters 15 June 2022

‘The Case for Country Music and its Poetry of Pain’, PopMatters 18  May 2022

‘Leonard Cohen and Country Music’,  Academia Letters, Article 5297, May 2022. See:

“Reading Song as Poem: Leonard Cohen’s ‘Suzanne'”, Academia Letters, Article 2333, July 2021. See:

‘The Semiotic Fallacy, Twenty Years On’, Academia Letters, Article 89, December 2020.

‘Edward Thomas and Green Studies’, Dymock Poets & Friends, 14 (2015), pp 36-51

‘The Green World: Nature in English Poetry’, E-Magazine 57 (September 2012), pp 27-31

‘Genesis and the Nature of Myth’, Green Letters 11 (Summer 2009), pp 9-22

‘Story and Vision in the Poetry of Thomas Hardy’, E-Magazine 45 (September 2009), pp 35-38

‘A Route to Revelation: Rereading The Dharma Bums’, Beat Scene, 55 (Spring 2008), pp 40-3

‘Kenneth Burke: Pioneer of Ecocriticism’, Journal of American Studies 35 (2001), pp. 413-431

‘Myth Without Mystery: The Project of Robert Segal’, Religious Studies Review 29, 1 (January 2003), pp 3-17

‘Bate & Leavis: An Ecocritical Connection?’, Green Letters 2 (Autumn 2000), pp. 13-20

‘The Hero’s Journey’, English Review, 10, 3 (February 2000), pp. 14-16

‘Rotten with Perfection: Myth, Modernism and Order’, New Comparison, 27/28 (Spring-Autumn 1999), pp.201-8

‘The Comedy of Terrors: Reading Myth with Marina Warner’, Poetry Nation Review, 25, 1 (July-August 1999), pp. 52-5

‘Waiting for the End: The Poetry of Apocalypse’, The English Review, 9, 1 (September 1998), pp. 6-8

‘Rewriting the Cosmos: The Radical Vision of William Blake’, The English Review, 7, 3 (February 1997), pp. 38-41

King Lear: Christian Fairy Tale’, The English Review, 6, 4 (April 1996), pp. 2-6

‘Violence and the Sacred: Murder in the Cathedral‘, The English Review, 6, 2 (November 1995), pp. 28-31

‘Tyndale, Interpretation and Revelation’, Tyndale Society Journal, 1, 2 (June 1995), pp. 29-36

‘What’s Wrong with Willy Loman?’, The English Review, 5, 4 (April 1995), pp. 16-19

‘Presence of the Past in Waiting for Godot‘, The English Review, 5, 1 (September 1994), pp. 19-22

‘Reading for the Myth’, The English Review, 4, 4 (April 1994), pp. 6-9

‘The Comic Vision of T F Powys’, The Powys Review, 4, 2 (Summer 1984), pp. 72-6

‘Edgell Rickword – Modernist or Marxist?’, Stand, 22, 3 (Summer 1981), pp.38-43.


Also …

I was the founding editor of Green Letters, the journal of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (UK branch), and I remain on its editorial board.

I was co-editor of the special ‘Eco-Musicology’ issue of Green Letters: Number 15 (Autumn 2011).

For many years I was a regular book reviewer for the Times Higher Education magazine. Other journals to which I’ve contributed reviews include Poetry Nation Review and Religion.

Read some of my Essays and articles.

Read some Responses and reviews.