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Durham University

Centre for Poetry and Poetics

Directors of the Centre

The Directors of the Centre are Professor Stephen Regan, Professor Michael O’Neill, Professor Barbara Graziosi and Dr Stefano Cracolici. Associate members are listed to the left of this page.

Professor Stephen Regan (Director)

Stephen Regan’s research interests are mainly in British, Irish, and American poetry. Among his publications are two books on Philip Larkin, essays on W.B. Yeats, T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden, Robert Frost, and Seamus Heaney, and a forthcoming critical study of the sonnet. He is the editor of Irish Writing: An Anthology of Irish Literature 1789–1939 in the Oxford World’s Classics series. He is currently working on a study of W.B. Yeats and Seamus Heaney.

Professor Michael O’Neill (Assistant Director)

Michael O’Neill is the author of two collections of poems, The Stripped Bed (Collins Harvill, 1990) and Wheel (Arc, 2008). He received an Eric Gregory Award in 1983 and a Cholmondeley Award in 1990, both administered by the Society of Authors. Over the years his poems have appeared in many periodicals and anthologies, including The Listener, English, Poetry Review, PN Review, TLS, London Magazine, New StatesmanSpectator, Sunday Times, and The Faber Book of Movie Verse.He has published books, editions, chapters, and articles on many aspects of Romantic literature, especially the work of Percy Bysshe Shelley, on Victorian poetry, and on an array of British, Irish, and American twentieth- and twenty-first-century poets. His research has concentrated on questions of literary achievement and of poetic influence, dialogue, and legacy. Books published over the last few years include as editor, The Cambridge History of English Poetry (2010). He is also the co-author (with Michael D. Hurley) of Poetic Form: An Introduction (CUP, 2012), and the co-editor (with Anthony Howe and with the assistance of Madeleine Callaghan) of The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley (2013). He is writing a book on Shakespeare and English Poetry for OUP, and he is an editor of the Johns Hopkins University Press edition of Shelley’s poems, volume III of which appeared in 2012 and received the Richard J. Finneran Award from the Society for Textual Scholarship in 2013.

Professor Barbara Graziosi (Assistant Director)

Barbara Graziosi has specialist research interests in Homer and the reception of classical texts. Her first book, Inventing Homer (Cambridge 2002), argued that early stories about Homer tell us something important about the way archaic and classical audiences imagined the poet and understood his poetry. Her later work includes Homer: The Resonance of Epic (London 2005) and two co-edited volumes: Homer in the 20th Century: Between World Literature and the Western Canon (Oxford 2007), and The Oxford Handbook of Hellenic Studies (Oxford 2009). Her next major projects are a history of the Olympian gods and an investigation of the Lives of the ancient poets: their origins, transmission, and reception. She is also writing an introduction to a new translation of the Iliad for Oxford World Classics, and A Very Short Introduction to Homer for OUP.

Dr Stefano Cracolici (Assistant Director)

Stefano Cracolici specializes in the study of Italian Medieval and Renaissance culture, from the early fourteenth century to the early eighteenth century, with a particular focus on the history of emotions (including love, anger and melancholy). His published work on poetry and poetics includes studies of Petrarch, Dante, and the Italian court. He also has strong interests in contemporary British and Irish poetry, including the work of Paul Muldoon.
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