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The Poetry Centre is based within the Department of English and Modern Languages, and has a highly active research culture. A number of academics within the Department listed below work on poetry (in addition to other kinds of writing), and their work spans the ages: from the 1500s to the present day. Click on the links below to find out more about the range of expertise available within the Centre, and visit each researcher’s individual page to learn about the rest of their work and interests.
Nathalie's research interests include 20th Century French and Belgian avant-garde movements, French philosophy (in particular Maurice Merleau-Ponty, philosophy of the visual, and Henri Bergson) and 19th and 20th Century French Literature and the
visual arts. You can read her full profile on
the EML website.
Katharine specialises in Renaissance literature, with particular interests in the history of reading, the history of the body, and the works of William Shakespeare. Katharine's full profile is available on the
Alex works in the field of modernist studies and on American literature and culture. She has published books and articles on Mina Loy, Djuna Barnes, Gertrude Stein, American Modernism, New York Dada, technology and literature, Jewish writing,
contemporary poetry, modernist drama, and radio. Read Alex's full profile on the
Caroline has worked extensively on traditional ballads and songs in the context of intertextual allusion to them, in particular in the novels of Hardy and Scott. Her first academic publication was a long-playing record on music associated with
Thomas Hardy. You can read her full profile on the
Simon researches in the areas of Romantic-period literature and culture, ecology and literature, working-class literature (1800 to the present), textual criticism and critical theory (especially ecocriticism), and contemporary Scottish literature.
Read more about Simon's work on his
Niall mainly works in the field of American Literature, especially with modernist writings. He has a particular interest in the poetry of Hart Crane, as well as American writing of the Depression-era and contemporary British and American poetry.
His current book project examines the way in which modernist writers 'remembered' and represented the American Civil War. You can read his full profile on the
Michael's research interests lie in Irish and Northern Irish Literature, History and Politics; Contemporary Poetry; Colonial/ Postcolonial Literatures and Theory; and Eastern European Literature in translation.
With his wife, Aleksandra, he is currently editing and translating Andrzej Franaszek's
Czeslaw Milosz: A Life
for Harvard University Press, which will appear in Spring 2017, and completing a new monograph,
Seamus Heaney: Legacies, Afterlives
(Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan), which is due for publication in 2018.
Dinah is particularly interested in Victorian poetry, specifically that of the Pre-Raphaelites, and she selected and introduced a collection of Pre-Raphaelite poetry for Penguin Classics, entitled The Pre-Raphaelites: From Rossetti to Ruskin. Her
research into the work of Christina and Dante Gabriel Rossetti led to her most recent book, a biography of the Rossetti family entitled The Rossettis In Wonderland: A Victorian Family History. Read more about Dinah's work on her
EML profile page.
'"Good Satan!"': Swinburne and Christina Rossetti', in
Swinburne: Unofficial Laureate, ed. by Catherine Maxwell (Manchester: Manchester University Press). Forthcoming.
Simon's research spans eighteeth- and nineteenth-century literature. His particular interests include working- / labouring-class writing and culture, the representation of rural life and the rural community, the representation of the relationship
between space / landscape and individual / community identity, witchcraft and magic, and the relationships between humans and other animals. Read more on Simon's
Eric works on American modernism in the transatlantic context, and his research focuses on avant-garde writing and editing, modernist poetics and place, and literature and technology. Eric's full profile can be found on the