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Irish Centre for Poetry Studies

These students are currently engaged in Poetry Studies research at the School of English:


Ellen Dillon is a PhD student at the School of English, Dublin City University. She has a B.A. in French and Italian and an M.A. in Italian from UCD, with a thesis on the poetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini. She is currently working on a project called “Dynamic Abstraction as a Mode of Reading in Modern and Contemporary Poetry.” Her research interests include modernist, modern and contemporary poetry in English and French, with a particular focus on the literary criticism of Charles Altieri, the poetry and translation of Peter Manson and the work of Peter Gizzi. She has presented papers on her work at conferences in Ireland and the UK, and published an article on the work of Peter Manson inPOST: A Review of Poetry Studies  and a review of the 'Outside Poetry Festival' at the University of Glasgow in the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry.


Ellen is a Ph.D. candidate under the supervision of Prof. Eugene McNulty in the School of English at DCU. The focus of her project is a comparative reading of Irish and Caribbean poetry. In particular, her research will examine how four poets – Lorna Goodison, Seamus Heaney, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Derek Walcott – treat ideas of the nation and of gender in their work. Ellenholds a Masters in Literature and Modernity from the University of Edinburgh (2015). Her dissertation explored Elizabeth Bishop’s and Derek Walcott’s use of the sea as a space to examine identity. Prior to this, she was awarded a B.A. International in English and French from UCD (2014). She has also studied at Université Paris-Sorbonne as part of the Erasmus programme. 


Arthur is a Ph.D. student under the supervision of Dr. Michael Hinds in the School of English at D.C.U. The focus of his project contends with the application of Edward Said's theory of 'Late Style' to the works of Bob Dylan. Arthur attained a Masters in Literature of the Americas from Trinity College Dublin (2012/13). With similar focus on the works of Dylan, his dissertation considered certain shared characteristics of these works and the mythical trickster figure Lewis Hyde discussed in his seminal text on the subject. Prior to this, he was awarded his Bachelors Degree in English and Education from D.C.U (2008/12). 


Liza Costello is a PhD candidate under the supervision of Dr Kit Fryatt in the School of English at DCU. The focus of her project is the writing of Irish writer Dermot Healy. Her research will explore the pastoral mode, in particular the post-pastoral, in his poetry, novels, memoirs and plays. Liza holds a Masters in Poetry from the Mater Dei Institute/DCU (2016). Her dissertation explored the pastoral tradition in Healy's poetry. Prior to this, she was awarded a BA (II.I) in European Studies from UL (1998) and a BA (I) Open Arts (Literature) from the Open University (2008). 


Ailbhe is a Masters Research candidate under the supervision of Dr Michael Hinds and Dr Kit Fryatt in the School of English at DCU. The focus of her research is on John Milton. Specifically, her research will examine how previously unexplored elements of comedy can be found in Paradise Lost through applying modern comedy theory to the epic poem. Samuel Beckett's representations of a darkly comic world are also explored and compared to Milton's Paradise Lost. Ailbhe completed a Bachelor of Religious Education and English from Mater Dei in 2012 and the Graduate Diploma in Special Education from St Patricks College, DCU in 2016. She has just submitted her thesis.


Annette Skade is a PhD student under the supervision of Dr Kit Fryatt in the School of English at DCU. She is researching into allusion and intertext in the poetry of Anne Carson. She has a degree in Ancient Greek and Philosophy from Liverpool University and an MA in Poetry Studies from the Mater Dei Institute / DCU (2012. ) Her article, Hatmaker, on Basil Bunting's Briggflatts appears in POST IV : A Review of Poetry Studies . Skade is a poet whose first collection, Thimblerig was published by Bradshaw Books, Cork in 2013. http://annetteskade.com.