PhD (Dunelm), PGCE, BA Hons.
Before being appointed at the University of South Wales, then the University of Glamorgan, in 2006 I worked at the University of Bristol and the University of West of England.
I teach three undergraduate modules. ‘Reading Poetry’ (Level 4) is an introductory module which explores various aspects of the poetic text from a range of literary-critical angles. ‘The American Dream’ (Level 5) covers a range of texts published between 1800 and 2000 including long and shorter fiction, poetry and some drama. ‘Poetry by American Women’ (Level 6) introduces students to an exciting array of poets stretching from Anne Bradstreet to Sharon Olds and Jorie Graham.
I tend to be the first point of contact for informal enquiries, formal applications and any queries in connection with the pursuit of Level 7 (ie MA level) graduate work. All enquiries are welcome.
A co-founder, with my USW colleagues the poet Prof Philip Gross (Creative Writing) and poet and critic Dr Kevin Mils (English Literature) of the Border/Lines critical-creative writing research initiative, I am involved in a range of ongoing projects exploring my interest in creative-critical literary thought and expression.With Dr Ruth McElroy, I am Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations. This vibrant and productive research hub, home to a diverse and energetic community of researchers concerned with the creative industries and economy in small nations like Wales and beyond, co-ordinates, develops and draws on teaching and research work in the areas of media, culture, communication, theatre and performance. Centre researchers pride themselves on viewing the creative ecology of Wales through the lens of the small nation in a global context.
Broadly, my research interests lie in the field of Anglo-American poetry, especially 20th century (mainly postwar) poetics, and women’s writing. I am particularly interested in the construction of voice and identity, and in the relationship between poetry and place, as represented in the work of the later twentieth century woman poet, especially in Wales, but also in Scotland and Ireland. I am also interested in letters and letter-writing, and in the nature of literary influence. My graduate work was concerned with postwar American poetics.
I would be interested in supervising graduate research on a range of questions concerning late 19th, 20th and/or 21st century British and/or American poetry and poetics. These might include, but need not be confined to, issues raised by the work of British, American, Irish, Scottish and/or Welsh women poets and women’s poetry; poetry and influence; women poets and the tradition; poetry and performance; the poetic voice and ventriloquism; poetry and domesticity; poetry, gender and nationhood; and women’s poetry in Wales 1900-present. If you would like to discuss a research proposal informally and/or in confidence, please feel free to contact me.
Current research activity:
Since the publication of A History of Twentieth Century British Women’s Poetry (CUP 2005) co-authored with Jane Dowson, I have been examining the poetry of women writers based, variously, in Scotland and Wales. A critical monograph, Poetry, Geography,Gender: Contemporary women rewriting Wales’ was published by University of Wales Press in 2013; I am also working on a detailed critical study of the bi-lingual Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis, co-editing an anthology of Welsh ‘Modernist’ poetries with a colleague at Swansea University, and co-authoring a critical-creative response to the work of Irish poet and novelist Ciaran Carson with Dr Kevin Mills, a colleague on the English Literature team at Glamorgan.
Gwyneth Lewis (University of Wales Press, forthcoming).
In Her Own Voice: Women talking poetry and Wales (interviews with leading Welsh writers; Seren, 2014).
Poetry, Geography, Gender: Contemporary Women Rewriting Wales (University of Wales Press, 2013)
(with Jane Dowson) A History of British Women’s Poetry (Cambridge University Press, 2005). ISBN 0-521-81946-6.
Recent Book Chapters and Articles
‘Writing [W]here: Women, Poetry and Cultural Positioning in Post-Millennial Ireland and Wales’. The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry. Ed. Peter Robinson (Oxford University Press, 2013).
‘Taking Place: Deixis, collaboration and the gender politics of the aesthetic’. Placing Poetry. Ed Ian Davidson and Zoe Skoulding (Rodopi, 2013).
‘Post-pastoral Perspectives on Landscape and Culture’. A Cambridge Companion to Twentieth Century British and Irish Women’s Poetry. Ed. Jane Dowson (Cambridge, 2011) 136-153. ISBN 978-0-521-12021-0
‘Finding Space: A Conversation with Wendy Mulford’. Poetry Wales 46.1 (2010) 32-37
‘Three twentieth century poets: Laura Riding, Stevie Smith and Sylvia Plath’. A Cambridge History of English Poetry.
Ed. Michael O’Neill (Cambridge University Press, 2010), 897-917. ISBN 978-0-521-88306-1.
‘“A Kind of Authentic Lie”: Authenticity and the lyric sequence in Gwyneth Lewis’ English-language poetry’, Life Writing 6.1 (April 2009) 25-41
‘An Interview with Anne Cluysenaar’, Poetry Wales 44.3 (Winter 2008), 27-30
‘“and . . /not or”: Gender and relationship in Lee Harwood’s poetics’, The Salt Companion to Lee Harwood ed. Robert Sheppard (Cambridge: Salt, 2007) 104-126. ISBN 978-1-84471-077-5
’Scotland’s New House: Gender and domesticity in contemporary women’s poetry’, The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Scottish Literature, ed. Berthold Schoene (Edinburgh, 2007) 114-123. ISBN 978-0-7486-2396-9
‘Sylvia Plath and contemporary British poetry’, The Cambridge Companion to Sylvia Plath ed. Jo Gill (Cambridge, 2006). pp 63-70. ISBN 0-521-60685-3.
Recent Conference Papers
’’’Little to say of home’’: Ruth Bidgood’s unhomely mid-Wales’. Gothic Locations, Cardiff University (September 2009).
‘Authenticity and the sequence in Gwyneth Lewis’s English-language Poetry’, Life-writing in Wales, Association for Welsh Writing in English March 30th 2007.
‘Women writing lyric sequences’ Authenticity and the Lyric Voice, Colloquium Oxford Brookes 12th-13th May 2007.
Association of Welsh Writing in English
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