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Dr Michael MalayBA(Qld.), MA(Bristol), PhD(Bristol)

Lecturer in English Literature and Environmental Humanities

Michael Malay

Dr Michael MalayBA(Qld.), MA(Bristol), PhD(Bristol)

Lecturer in English Literature and Environmental Humanities

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Research interests

I'm currently working on a project entitled 'Faceless Extinctions'. This project examines the lives of endangered animals in the UK, particularly creatures without 'faces', and tries to think through the implications of what would be lost – both for the environment and for culture – if certain species were to disappear. I am especially interested in molluscs, beetles, crickets and moths.

My first book, The Figure of the Animal in Modern and Contemporary Poetry, appeared in 2018 with Palgrave Macmillan. Offering close readings of animals in the poetry of Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, Ted Hughes and Les Murray, the book argues that there is a special relationship between the poetic and the creaturely, based on poetry’s distinctive use of rhythm, sound, metaphor and image. Poetry, to adapt a phrase from Rilke, allows us to 'see animals more seeingly'. 

I would be happy to supervise postgraduate work on modern and contemporary poetry, environmental writing, and literary animal studies. If you would like to discuss your research plans, please feel free to write.

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Postal address:
11 Woodland Road
Clifton
Bristol
United Kingdom