I am interested in twentieth-century and more contemporary literatures, chiefly poetry, of the UK and its devolved nations, mostly but not always by women. I am particularly interested in the links between a text’s aesthetics, geography and various kinds of cultural politics, especially those concerning gender, voice and identity. I have written on a broad range of authors and texts about the many ways in which poetry reflects on the discourses of space and place, and most frequently on poems written by contemporary women who write in or affiliate themselves with Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Other interests include Welsh Writing in English; literary-cultural and geo-political theory and discourse; the affects and effects of literary influence; creative, transdisciplinary and other innovative models of literary-critical scholarship; letters and letter-writing; visual aesthetics for social inclusion.
I teach a range of general and more specialised undergraduate modules reflecting my scholarly interests including ‘Reading Poetry’, ‘The American Dream’ and ‘Celtic Literature’. Current/recent postgraduate supervision includes research projects on the poetry of Carrie Etter; Pandora and the contemporary woman poet; Modernist constructions of the poetry of John Clare; and diversity in the millennial Welsh short story.
A founder member of USW’s Centre for Gender Studies, I am also actively involved in both the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations, and the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling.
For more information please see https://pure.southwales.ac.uk/[/pure]