Dr Fiona Becket

Dr Fiona Becket

Head of School

Senior Lecturer in English Literature (Modern and Contemporary)

+44(0) 113 343 4752

Summary: Teaching and research in modern and contemporary literature.

Location: 8 Cavendish Road

Overview

I have worked primarily in the area of literary modernism with particular reference to D. H. Lawrence, language and modernist poetics. My first book D. H. Lawrence: The Thinker as Poet (1997) is a study of metaphor as a mode of understanding in Lawrence which concentrates on the fiction and discursive writing, especially his two books on the unconscious. It is a study which is informed by Heidegger's thought on language. Since then I have had other opportunities to write on Lawrence and language, psychoanalysis, environmental philosophy, the reception of Lawrence's work in Poland, and the trial of Penguin Books on the publication in 1960 of the British edition of the unexpurgated Lady Chatterley's Lover. I have also written on Lawrence and the Blues. I have recently completed a project on Lawrence's poetry and his last book, Apocalypse, in the context of green thinking. I have examined the life, work and critical contexts informing Lawrence studies in The Complete Critical Guide to D. H. Lawrence (2002). More recently I have written on contemporary poetry, with a special interest in British and Irish poetry, and eco-poetics. 

My interests in environmental philosophy were first represented in a  book with an interdisciplinary focus co-edited with Terry Gifford (Culture, Creativity and Environment: New Environmentalist Criticism, 2007). I have a sustained interest in the area of green cultural critique and the environmental humanities and I am interested in supervising doctoral work in this area. I am currently working on a book-length project on poetry and technology in the post-War, pre-computer period; and I am curating an exhibition of visual and concrete poetry based on the holdings in the Brotherton special collections.

I currently supervise research students working on a range of topics which include representations of nature in the work of John Cowper Powys; the green poetics of Jon Silkin and Simon Armitage; modernist poetry and Jung; olfactory sensation in modernist writing. Former supervisees have worked on topics which include theorisations of the object in contemporary and Anglo-Saxon poetry; comparative study of W. B. Yeats and Rabindranath Tagore; Ted Hughes and eco-poetics; James Joyce and irreverance, Rushdie, Djuna Barnes, George Orwell. I welcome research proposals from potential students in any area of literary modernism, D. H. Lawrence studies; eco-criticism and green cultural critique; twentieth-century British and Irish writing; modern and contemporary poetry; visual and concrete poetry. Applications from doctoral students who wish to use the resources of the Brotherton Library, and the special collections are welcome.

Teaching

Undergraduate

Modern Literature 
Contemporary Literature

Final Year Project supervision

Postgraduate

Dissertation supervision