ANCIENT LANGUAGE, LANDSCAPE & HYBRIDITY in experimental poetic practice
Practice-based PhD research at Royal Holloway, University of London, beginning Autumn 2018. Supported by a scholarship from the TECHNE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership.
This research explores how late modernist and experimental poetics enact encounters with the ancient languages and regional dialects of the British Isles via formal innovation, translation and linguistically hybrid methods. Experimental poetry creates openings in which ancient language encounters can take place, encounters which in turn bring important dimensions of otherness to the discourses of eco-criticism and literary geography. ‘Hybridity’ is used as a suggestive and provocative term, referring both to interlingual practice and to interactions with the nonhuman to construct radically combinative ways of thinking, writing and performing. Critical research will provide the basis for new creative work: written texts that engage with ancient etymology, geographic history and non-human utterance; and performed sound works that combine field recordings from researched locations with electronic composition and spoken text.