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Department of English Studies

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We have a thriving postgraduate community, with around 75 current PhD students, and many more MA students. The profiles of some of our current and recent PhD students can be found here.

Mr Mark Anderson

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I received my BA in English from the University of Cambridge and a postgraduate teaching qualification from the same institution. An experienced teacher, in 2010 I returned to academic study and in 2011 was awarded an MA with Distinction in Poetry Studies and the Raman Selden Memorial Prize from the University of Durham.

My doctoral research under the supervision of Professor Michael O’Neill focuses on mobility in the works of Byron and Shelley and the extent to which and ways in which their poetry enacts a complex and negotiating essay between twin sources of potential meaninglessness: on the one hand the unformed and incommunicable experience existing beyond language, and on the other the immobility of the fixed poetic product. In both poets the seemingly polemical is often performatively dialogical, the seemingly strident performatively subtle, and my thesis considers the similar and differing ways in which each poet approaches the loose holding of mobile and shifting meaning, maintaining in the created work the activity and energising turmoil of the creating process. It explores the means by which the poems engage in dialogue with themselves, conscious of and in critical conversation with their evolution and propensities for both meaning-making and the failure of meaning-making.

In addition to publishing remote learning course materials for students of English Literature and completing a Research Assistantship under Mark Sandy on his 2013 book Romanticism, Memory, and Mourning, I have reviewed for the journal Romanticism (‘‘But He Talked of the Temple of Man’s Body’: Blake’s Revelation Un-Locked’, by Elena Borkowska), written for the Keats-Shelley Review (‘’Straining After Impossibilities’: Textual Presentation and the Scrope Davies Find’, Keats-Shelley Review, 27:2 (2013): 91-104) and presented a paper at the 2016 University of Sheffield ‘Summer of 1816: Creativity and Turmoil’ International Conference (‘The holding of unstable meaning in Shelley’s ‘Hymn to Intellectual Beauty’ and ‘Mont Blanc’’).

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