Anna Nickerson, Girton

Degree: PhD
Course: 1830-PD
Supervisor: Dr M Hurley
Dissertation Title:

Poetic Syntax in the Long Nineteenth-Century


Biographical Information

I studied for my BA at Selwyn College, Cambridge (2009-2012) before returning to take up the Doris Russell scholarship at Girton College for an MPhil in Modern and Contemporary Literature (2013-14), writing a dissertation on the English villanelle, 1877-1887. I am now writing an AHRC-funded PhD on pattern and meaning in nineteenth- and twentieth-century poetry.

Research Interests

I work on questions concerning the nature of knowledge and experience under the conditions of verse. As such, my work is concerned with pattern, language, style, form, knowledge, inheritance, and prosody.

Poets considered in my work include: Shelley; Tennyson; Christina Rossetti; Thomas Hardy; G. M. Hopkins; T. S. Eliot.

Other interests include: prose-style; more general questions of style; lineation; stanza-form; the poetry of Geoffrey Hill; the work of Isaac Pitman.

Areas of Supervision

Practical criticism; Paper 7a and b; 19th and 20th century poetry.

I have supervised Part I and Part II dissertations on: G. M. Hopkins; Thomas Hardy's poetry and prose; Paul Muldoon and the 20th century sestina.

Selected Publications

'Hardy's Apprehensions', Esssays in Criticism (forthcoming June 2017)

'Critical Exchange: On The Philosophy of Poetry ed. John Gibson', Philosophy and Literature (April 2016)

'"How you call to me, call to me": Hardy's self-remembering syntax', Victorian Poetry 54.1 (Spring 2016)