Research

I joined Keele in 2012 as an undergraduate in English and American Literature, where I obtained a First Class Honours and was awarded the King Alfred Prize in Medieval English and the Clare Coleman Memorial Prize for special achievement in my studies. I stayed on at Keele in 2015–16, where I achieved a scholarship (£10,000) to enrol on a Masters in English Literature (Distinction). In 2017, I embarked on my PhD studies in English Literature. My doctoral research is generously supported by a faculty-funded Graduate Teaching Assistantship and funding from the David Bruce Centre for American Studies.

My research interests focus on US literature and culture, especially experimental writing movements. I am writing a PhD thesis on formal experimentation and queer feminist activism in experimental writing published since 2001. Through this research, I aim to demonstrate that formal experimentation serves pedagogical and political functions when enacted by queer feminist writers.

I have also conducted research on the poetry of Ely Shipley. My Masters dissertation argued that poetry provides Shipley a means of subverting oppressive narratives of marginalised (trans)gender identities, thus contributing to the construction of identity based on self-definition and lived experience. I have gone on to publish a chapter from this dissertation as a journal article. This article argues that Shipley uses poetry as both a reflection of and on contemporary US culture and its policing of gendered bodies, especially under the current Trump administration. My interest in LGBTIQ re-presentation and queer poetics continues in my current research, which focuses on the experimental writing of several LGBTIQ poets.

I have delivered several talks based on my research across the UK since 2017 and have a forthcoming book chapter on Dodie Bellamy's queer poetics in The Routledge Companion to Gender, Sexuality, and Culture (edited by Professor Emma Rees).

 

Please see my CV for a full list of my publications and talks.

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