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 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 supervised dissertations on snow and modernism, Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy, islands in literature, & on love as literary self-fashioning.

Selected Publications

'Against Explanation: Dylan Thomas and smudginess', Textual Practice (forthcoming)

'B.S. Johnson's scaffolding: form, the city, cancer, weeds', Modernist Cultures, 16.3 (August, 2021), 295-315

'Response, irradiated', CounterText, 7.1 (April, 2021), 153-159

'"Surrealism found me": British surrealism and encounter'Cambridge Quarterly, 50.1 (March, 2021), 1-17

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)