Research Interest: Twentieth-century literature; poetry in English from the Modernists to the present; Elizabeth Bishop; T. S. Eliot; Marianne Moore; W. H. Auden; poetic form; rhyme and prosody; metaphor and simile; Anglo-American reception of nineteenth-century French poetry; Dante and twentieth-century literature; James Joyce.
Doctoral Research: My DPhil is a twofold textual and critical analysis of Elizabeth Bishop. In the first part of my DPhil, I examine the extant drafts of Bishop’s published poems to establish her method of composition and to show how this process of revision shapes her literary style. The second part of my DPhil is focused on questions of form in Bishop's poetry, and on the poets (particularly George Herbert) who most influenced her. Formal questions considered include rhyme and prosody; punctuation; source and allusion; simile; metaphor; dead metaphor; punning; clichés; and Bishop’s use of rhetorical self-corrections or ‘correctio’.