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My research investigates poetic form from two perspectives: the effect of form on the writing and reading process, particularly in relation to attention; and the connection between the form of creative works and cultures of protest. Current projects include a single-authored book on a major twentieth-century French poet, André du Bouchet: Poetic Forms of Attention (under contract), and a British Academy/Leverhulme-funded series of activities on responses to the protest and events of '1968' in different parts of the world. These projects build on previous research into modern and contemporary French poetic practice, and the connections between French writers and the visual arts.
I have taught at the University of Birmingham since 2006, contributing to core courses at all levels and offering specialist teaching on French poetry, experimental writing and the visual arts. I am currently Director of Undergraduate Studies in Modern Languages.
Previously I held temporary teaching posts at Trinity College, Cambridge and at the université Paris XII at Créteil. I was Research Fellow at St John's College, Cambridge from 2002-2005, having completed my PhD in French and undergraduate degree in French and German at Trinity College.
PhD in modern French poetry, supervised by Jean Khalfa (Cambridge, 2003)
MPhil in European Literature (Cambridge, 1999)
BA Hons in Modern and Medieval Languages (Cambridge, 1998)
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge
Time and Forgetting in the Poetry of Andre du Bouchet, Philippe Jaccottet and Bernard Noel1 Oct 1999 - 30 Jun 2003
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy,
Willingness to take PhD students
Dr Wagstaff would welcome enquiries from prospective researchers wishing to pursue doctoral research in the areas of modern French poetry and experimental writing, and text-image interactions.