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Mr Jake Phipps

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My DDS funded doctoral thesis, under the supervision of Professor Fiona Robertson, focuses on Robert Burns and Romantic poetry. I am interested in evaluating Burns’s influence on the English Romantic tradition, as well as arguing that Burns deserves a more central placement within the Romantic canon. Wordsworth, Keats, Coleridge, and Byron all hailed Burns as a major influence, and my thesis explores explicit moments of intertextuality between Burns and later Romantic poets, as well as issues of language, periodicity, genre, as well as paratextual material.

Aside from Romantic poetry, I am also interested in Poetry of the First World War, particularly that of Siegfried Sassoon, Edmund Blunden, Edward Thomas, Joyce Kilmer, and Geoffrey Dearmer.

Conference Papers

‘Writ in Water: Soldiers’ Responses to Trauma at Craiglockhart During the First World War’ Presented at Conflict, Healing and Arts in the Long Nineteenth Century, Durham University, 27 May 2017

‘Shadow and Shade: An examination of Robert Burns’s Influence on the poetry of Keats’. Given at Keats Bicentenary Conference, May 18th, 2018

‘The Cumberland Bard: Dialect, Paratexts, and Influence in the poetry of Robert Anderson’ Given at Wordsworth Summer Conference, August 2018.

Further Roles

SSCC Representative 2018-2019

Co-convener for Inventions of the Text 2018-2019. Inventions, is a postgraduate-led seminar series. Roles include organising and chairing talks, inviting speakers both internal and external, managing the budget, and liaising with department for events.


MA Durham University Studies in Poetry- With Distinction.

BA University of Virginia- English Studies


Durham Doctoral Studentship (2017-2020)

Ena Wordsworth Bursary (2018)


Professor Fiona Robertson

Professor Mark Sandy