Dr Tara Stubbs

Formerly a lecturer in English Literature at St. Peter’s College, Oxford, Dr. Tara Stubbs works on modernist poetry and fiction, with particular interests in Irish and American literature and life writing. The author of a recent monograph, American literature and Irish culture, 1910-1955: the politics of enchantment (MUP: 2013), Dr. Stubbs has recently begun a new project on the idea of the sonnet within twentieth and twenty-first century Irish writing.

American literature and Irish culture, 1910-1955 discusses how modernist American writers (including Fitzgerald, Moore, O’Neill, Steinbeck and Stevens) engaged with Irish culture, and underlines the importance of Ireland as a locus of inspiration for American modernism. Associated projects include an ongoing, collaborative project on ‘The idea of influence in American literature’, which began with a conference at Oxford (March 2010); this led to a ‘special issue’ of Comparative American Studies (June 2011).

Dr. Stubbs continues to write on Moore in particular, and has recently completed an article on Moore and England for a special issue of Modernist Cultures (March 2016), ed. David Barnes, on 'New Transatlanticisms'. A forthcoming book chapter discusses Moore's preoccupation with 'lyrical lexicons', to be published in an edited collection on Poetry and the Dictionary, ed. Andrew Blades and Piers Pennington (2017).

She is also interested more generally in questions of transatlantic exchange. She set up and continue to convene the Oxford English Faculty's 'Transatlantic Literature in Context' seminar, which has been running since 2012. This has led to an essay collection, to be published with Routledge later in 2016, entitled Navigating the Transnational in Modern American Literature and Culture, co-edited with Doug Haynes and developed from seminar papers given at Oxford (among others).

Since working for Prof. John Kelly on the Collected Letters of W. B. Yeats in 2007–9 Dr. Stubbs has developed concurrently her interests in W. B. Yeats. This has led to several publications, including a chapter on Yeats and the Ghost Club for an edited collection on Irish writers in London, and a book chapter on Yeats and contemporary American poetry and song. Together with a forthcoming chapter on the Irish poet Richard Murphy and his sonnet sequence The Price of Stone,my ongoing interests in Yeats have also informed her new longer-term project, a book-length study on the idea of the 'Irish sonnet' within twentieth-century literature entitled provisionally The Irish Sonnet in the Twentieth Century: Revision and Rebellion.


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