Visiting Research Fellows

Current Visiting Research Fellows to the Institute of English Studies:

  • Dr Gert Buelens (Universiteit Gent) is working on a scholarly edition of Henry James’s Confidence and Washington Square (Cambridge University Press).
  • Professor Marie-Françoise Cachin is researching for a project titled: 'British Book Publishing and the Search for Lost Archives of the Booktrade'.
  • Dr Tita Chico (University of Maryland) is the editor of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation. She is currently writing a monograph: Experimentalism: Literary Knowledge and Science in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Her book argues that late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature allowed writers and their readers to imagine new possibilities for individuals and the worlds they inhabited by specifically addressing the structures of authority and objectivity that practitioners and advocates of early science were beginning to formulate.
  • Dr Mary Coghill (Fellow, London Metropolitan University): research title: The Development of Roman Jakobson’s semiotic interpretation of poetic form and function with special reference to his axial model of the poles of language: metaphor and metonymy; and the application of this developed model to the construction of city poetics with reference to Vladimir Mayakovsky’s poetry.
  • Dr Lise Jaillant (Newcastle University): 'Cheap Modernism: Publisher’s Series and the Avant-Garde'.
  • Dr. Josephine A. McQuail (Tennessee Technological University) is researching the works of James Joyce and William Blake which most challenge readers – Finnegans Wake and Vala: Or the Four Zoas, respectively-- for a proposed book, The Seim Anew:  Recirculations of Blake through Joyce.  These works challenge our notion of a text, of signification, and even of what it means to be a reader, not to mention a literary critic, all things she is exploring.  She also considers issues regarding the manuscripts of the works, employing insights which “genetic criticism” can give on these difficult creations, and the nature of literary influence, both generally and specifically, as regards Blake’s impact on Joyce.
  • Dr Aakanksha Virkar-Yates (University of Sussex) is completing a monograph on The Mysticism of Gerard Manley Hopkins which will be published by Ashgate.  Her study moves against the current tide of literary criticism in placing the nineteenth-century Jesuit poet within the tradition of Christian mysticism. She argues for the central influence on Hopkins of the "philosophical spirituality" which originates in the early Alexandrian school with Clement of Alexandria and Origen.
  • Dr Benjamin Ware (University of Manchester) is completing his monograph Modernism and the Ethical Turn.