Ms Heather Yeung
Heather Hei-Tai Yeung graduated with a distinction in the MA in English Literary Studies from Durham University in 2007, also winning the Raman Selden Memorial Prize. Her PhD thesis, which is currently entitled 'The Geometry of Space in Contemporary British Poetry' is fully funded by the AHRC and is supervised by Dr Gareth Reeves. The thesis is primarily concerned with the ways in which the 'spatial turn' in intellectual thought in the late 1960s affects the ways in which we conceive, read and analyse poetry, as well as heightening our consciousness of the way that space operates in poetic form (even apart from its frequent and obvious appearance as metaphor, or anthropomorphised in both poetry and criticism). Theoretically, the thesis in primarily informed by the work of Michel Serres, Peter Sloterdijk, Julia Kristeva, Kenneth White and Bertrand Westphal. The poets studied include: John Montague, Thomas Kinsella, Seamus Heaney, Thom Gunn, Kathleen Jamie, Mimi Khalvati and Alice Oswald. Heather contributes to PN Review and is also a co-organiser of Cosmopoetics, a project whose inaugural conference is planned for the 8th-10th September, 2010.