Doctoral Students

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.


Bronac Ferran

Language In Formation: Hansjörg Mayer & the Typoetical Revolution (1958-1970).

This research focusses on Hansjörg Mayer – poet, designer and typographer  of concrete poetry in the 1960s exploring his role as leading nterface to emerging computation of the period, situating this within a broader context of intersections between the languages of code, design, poetry and typography between 1958-1970.

Supervisors: Professor Martin Eve, Dr Steve Willey and Professor Roger Luckhurst.

Image Credit: o i l (Hansjörg Mayer, 1965)



Vicky Sparrow

“I object”: Legal subject and lyric subjectivity in the poetry of Anna Mendelssohn

This AHRC-funded thesis explores the poetry and poetics of the British poet and political activist, Anna Mendelssohn (1948-2009), also known as Grace Lake. The thesis considers how the pressures of the law upon subjectivity transform Mendelssohn’s lyric self.

Supervisor (external): Professor Carol Watts