Sylvia Plath

Academia

Since April 2019, I've started a PhD in English Literature at the University of Huddersfield under the supervision of Professor Heather Clark. I'm the recipient of The University of Huddersfield’s Contemporary Poets Project Scholarship.

My research project "'What Made You Stay?' Sylvia Plath, England and her Transnational Identity" aims at understanding the complex relationship between Sylvia Plath and her adoptive country. This aspect of her life has been neglected in academia and I believe studying Plath’s identity as a foreigner in England, an outsider in her own country, a woman in a mixed marriage, and a writer with personal and intellectual connections with Europe would shed a new light on her writing.

Her case demonstrates that living abroad can be a personal journey to discover oneself, that it is not contradictory to love and hate a country at the same time, and that having a double or triple identity is not incompatible. I find this project particularly relevant in these days of national identity crises.

 

Ideally, I would like to pursue a career in academia: I already have in mind other projects I'd like to work on which would involve investigations into émigré literature and intercultural experiences, such as the works of Lucia Berlin and Irène Némirovsky.

I'm talking about my research in the video below:

Articles

The Modernist Review, a publication which is part of the British Association for the Modernist Studies, published my review of Amanda Golden's brilliant book Annotating Modernism: Marginalia and Pedagogy from Virginia Woolf to the Confessional Poets in February 2021.

Conferences and events

gave a paper on Sylvia Plath's special relationship with Ireland

on 5th June 2021 at the American Conference for Irish Studies.

I was one of the organisers and speakers for the Sylvia Plath Birthday Party that takes place on 24th October 2020. I will discuss the tea and sherry parties Plath attended upon her arrival in Cambridge and how they helped her getting integrated into British society. You can watch the event again here.

On 6th June 2020, I took part in the Sylvia Plath Zoomposium II. My presentation, "What Made you Stay?: Sylvia Plath, England and Her Transnational Identity" is available on YouTube.

QUALIFICATIONS

PhD in English Literature, University of Huddersfield         2019 -Present

  • Thesis: "What Made You Stay?": Sylvia Plath, England and Her Transnational Identity

  • Supervisors: Professor Heather Clark and Dr James Underwood

  • Funding and prizes: The University of Huddersfield’s Contemporary Poets Project Scholarship; the Santander Research Support and Travel Fund 2021 

M.Phil in Literary Translation, Trinity College Dublin        2018

  • Dissertation: "Je réservais la traduction": the challenges of translating Arthur Rimbaud into English

  • Grade: First Class Honours

  • Funding and prizes: The Christopher Donovan Translation Prize 2016/2017 

MA in Early Modern History, King's College London            2016

  • Dissertation: Attitudes Towards Virginity in Early Modern England

  • Grade: with Merit

Licence LLCE Anglais, Université Denis Diderot-Paris VII 2014

French equivalent to a BA in Anglophone studies.

  • Subjects: British & American Literature, British & American History, English Linguistics, Translation (French into English & English into French)

  • Grade: 2.1