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PhD Students

PhD students aligned with the Centre for Poetry include:


  • Aneesh Barai (SLLF; supervised by Kiera Vaclavik): working on translations of British Modernist Children’s Literature (including Eliot) into French, and has written on Plath’s poetry for children.
  • Ilaria Cervone (SLLF): extensive research on Pablo Neruda, including translations from Spanish to Italian. Her PhD focuses on another major Chilean poet, Violeta Parra.
  • Hetta Howes (SED): examining imagery of water in late medieval devotional prose and verse addressed to, or authored by women.
  • Stephen McGregor (EECS): a PhD student in computing science, his interests include computational creativity and computer-generated poetry.
  • Sophie Seita (supervised by Andrea Brady; SED): researches avant-garde literary communities, with a focus on poetry and critical prose, from proto-Dada New York magazines and salons, to mimeographed magazines in the 60s, to contemporary poetry magazines and reading series, co-curates the unAmerican Activities Transatlantic Reading Series, and is a poet. Sophie was awarded a Beinecke Research Fellowship for summer 2014 to research avant-garde little magazines and correspondence.
  • Akshi Singh: studies the disciplinary and administrative connections between anthropology, medicine and psychoanalysis through a history of psychoanalysis in India.  She is also a poet, who has written a series of poems about Calcutta and about the Regent's Canal.
  • Lisandra Sousa (SLLF): a PhD student working on Portuguese Poetry and a poet. She co-translated the New London Librarium's recently published collection Ex Cathedra: Stories by Machado de Assis, a bilingual edition of 21 newly translated stories by the Portuguese author
  • Thomas Williams (SED): a PhD student researching '"Dirty reality": Social Observation in the Poetry of John Clare'.


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