Thesis Title: Transnational Self-Fashioning in the Works of T. S. Eliot and W. H. Auden
Supervisor: Professor Seamus Perry
Research Interests: Transnational poetics, expatriate experience, modernist periodical print culture, T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, W. B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, and politics, philosophy, and aesthetics
Doctoral Research: My research examines the works of T. S. Eliot and W. H. Auden in an effort to discern how writing served as a space for these poets to self-fashion their transnational identities. By building from recent developments in theories of transnational modernism and reading individual pieces of these writers' works within the context of their original publication in the small press periodicals frequently associated with modernism as 'speech acts', I will trace and compare how Eliot and Auden perform different versions of their complex national identities, relative to the different audiences on each side of the Atlantic they are 'addressing'.