Tim Keane

Tim Keane holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from The City University of New York, specializing in European modernism, aesthetics, and autobiography. In exploring issues around creative expression and subjectivity, he has published recent articles on the Abstract Expressionist painter Franz Kline, the photography of poet Allen Ginsberg, the art criticism of Jean Genet, and the legacy of the New Zealand novelist Janet Frame. He has also published articles on leading 20th century poets including Paul Éluard, Blaise Cendrars, Kenneth Koch, Robert Creeley, and Robert Duncan. A recipient of a fellowship award in creative writing from The National Endowment for the Arts, he is author of the poetry collection Alphabets of Elsewhere (Cinnamon Press, 2007) and is Assistant Professor in the English Department at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY.

Essays by this author

Playing the Blues: Pete Townshend's Who I Am and Music as Experimental Autobiography


Reviewer Tim Keane suggests that Pete Townshend’s memoir Who I Am captures the tension animating The Who’s career, the duality of autobiographical blues and (art-school inspired) auto-destruction. But, Keane suggests, the book also articulates the written autobiography’s inevitable (if sometimes interesting) failure to achieve the “ex-static” atemporality of music. “I Can’t Explain” ends up telling us more about Townshend’s soul than Who I Am.

Entre Chien et Loup: On Jean Genet’s Prisoner of Love


Tim Keane reviews Genet’s republished Prisoner of Love, a ‘mirror-memoir’ in which Genet sees Palestine from the inside in an attempt to see himself from the outside.

A Poetry of Noesis


On Joseph McElroy’s Fiction as a lifelong, dramatic investigation of noesis - that abstract but
evocative concept rooted in Platonic idealism and redefined(through Phenomenology) as
those ineluctable acts of consciousness that constitute reality.

God Help Us


A Review of Malise Ruthven’s A Fury for God: The Islamist
Attack on America, from Tim Keane, with links to a growing body of writing on terror in ebr.

Above Us Only Sky: On Camus, U2, Lennon, Rock, and Rilke


Tim Keane on rock’n’roll awakenings and the lyrical existentialism of U2 (St Patrick’s Day Special, 2005)

Life Sentences for the New America


Tim Keane reviews David Matlin’s Prisons: Inside the New America.