Doctor of Philosophy Student, Member Student
My doctoral thesis examines the relationship between breath and death in the poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Alfred Tennyson and Thomas Hardy. Each chapter engages with distinct themes and ideas of breath, alongside common threads that run throughout the thesis: the tension between physicality and insubstantiality, voice and talk, voicelessness and breathlessness, an anxiety about how to commemorate the dead.
Broad research interests include: Romantic afterlives, elegy, literature and the sea, literary responses to the ‘Golfo dei Poeti’ in Italy, and literary geography.
I have taught on the Approaches to Poetry unit at the University of Bristol, and am also teaching a course on Women and the Nineteenth Century Novel for the Stanford Programme at the University of Oxford. I have worked as an undergraduate thesis supervisor on Mary Shelley and Science Fiction at Wycliffe Hall (SCIO), University of Oxford.
In 2012-13 I was the postgraduate seminar co-ordinator for the English Department Research Seminar series, University of Bristol. In the same year I co-founded and co-convened the University of Bristol Fin-de-Siecle to Modern Reading Group.
I have reviews published in the New Welsh Review, and have blogged on Tennyson for the Life of Breath Wellcome Trust Research Project.
I also write poetry, and am an award-winning travel writer.
I tweet about literature, nature and education @ElsaAHammond