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Fran Lock

The dead letter box: impossible telling through epistolary poetry.

My research examines the relationship between the epistolary form in contemporary poetry and the use of letters in therapeutic contexts. Through both critical and creative work I seek to interrogate poetic strategies by which trauma may be “told”, i.e. assimilated, integrated, and transformed into some kind of narrative language. My research will explore the idea that the epistolary form is one way in which this process takes place.

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Supervisors: Dr Peter Fifield and Dr Steve Willey.