Imogen Cassels, Gonville and Caius

Degree: PhD
Course: 1830-PD
Supervisor: Dr Deborah Bowman
Dissertation Title: Dylan Thomas, form and memory

Biographical Information

I read English at Gonville & Caius from 2014-17, and graduated from the MPhil in Criticism & Culture with a Distinction in 2018. I'm presently in the second year of my PhD, funded by a Gonville scholarship.

Research Interests

Dylan Thomas; poetic form and vers libre; S/surrealism; the phenomenology of reading and/or writing; (later) modernism; W.S. Graham; 20th century and contemporary experimental poetry; inter-war literature; ambiguity; flirtation; writers' correspondence; Empson; puns and wordplay; ghosts; translation; folk song; histories of practical criticism/close reading; Lisa Robertson; lyricriticism / the essay; language, form and memory; writing and speaking; B.S. Johnson; Elizabeth Bowen; Muriel Spark; grief writing; fashion, couture and tailoring; ritual and performance; revenge tragedy; paradise; marmalade

Areas of Supervision

Practical Criticism; Part I paper 7B; Part II papers 11, 12 & 17. I'd be very happy to hear from any students working in my areas of interest. I've recently supervised dissertations on snow and modernism, and Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy.

Selected Publications

'B.S. Johnson's scaffolding: form, the city, cancer, weeds', Modernist Cultures (forthcoming)

'Response, irradiated', CounterText (forthcoming)

'"Surrealism found me": British surrealism and encounter'Cambridge Quarterly

Review: The Fifth Notebook of Dylan Thomas, Times Literary Supplement 

'You met me at a very strange time in my life'Still Point

'Beginning further back: Dylan Thomas's early work'Process (Modernism/modernity)

'Mother; beautiful things'minor literature[s], 2017 / Face, 2018