Tara Stubbs

Official Fellow

University Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing, OUDCE

Faculty of English

MA Cantab MSt DPhil Oxford


Dr. Stubbs came to Kellogg and OUDCE from St. Peter’s College, Oxford. She works on modernist poetry and fiction, with particular interests in Irish and American literature. The author of American Literature and Irish Culture, 1910-1955: the politics of enchantment (MUP: 2013), which was re-issued in paperback in 2017, Dr. Stubbs is now writing her second monograph on the idea of the sonnet within twentieth and twenty-first century Irish writing.

Dr. Stubbs continues her interests in modernist American and transatlantic literature, and recently published an article on the American modernist poet Marianne Moore and England for a special issue of Modernist Cultures (March 2016), ed. David Barnes. A forthcoming book chapter discusses Moore’s preoccupation with ‘lyrical lexicons’, to be published in an edited collection on Poetry and the Dictionary, ed. Andrew Blades and Piers Pennington (2018).

She is also interested more generally in questions of transatlantic exchange. She set up the Oxford English Faculty’s ‘Transatlantic Literature in Context’ seminar, which ran between 2012 and 2015. This led to an essay collection, Navigating the Transnational in Modern American Literature and Culture: Axes of Influence (March 2017), co-edited with Doug Haynes and including her own chapter on ‘W. B. Yeats in Contemporary American Poetry and Song’. Further recent publications within this area include ‘”Beyond the lines of poetry”: Ethnic Traditions and Imaginative Interventions in Irish-American Poetics’, a survey article for Oxford Handbooks Online (February 2017); and ‘T. S. Eliot, 1922, and Transatlantic Culture’ for The London Magazine (August/September 2017).

Dr. Stubbs’s on-going specialisms in Irish literature and poetry are reflected in a forthcoming chapter on the contemporary Irish poet Richard Murphy and his sonnet sequence The Price of Stone, and her second monograph The Modern Irish Sonnet: Revision and Rebellion (Palgrave Macmillan: 2020). This book will survey the ‘Irish sonnet’ from 1900 to the present day, taking in a range of male and female poets. Dr. Stubbs is also the Book Reviews editor for the new biannual journal International Yeats Studies.

From Michaelmas Term 2017 to Trinity Term 2019, Dr. Stubbs is serving as the Academic Programme Director for Oxford’s Rothermere American Institute.

For OUDCE, Dr. Stubbs teaches literary theory and modernism for the Foundation Certificate in English Literature, gives weekly classes on Irish and American literature, and runs the Creative Writing and English Literature summer schools in alternate years. She was Director of Studies in English Literature and Creative Writing for 2014­–16 and will be again in 2018–2020.  For the English Faculty, Dr. Stubbs acts as a supervisor and assessor for BA, MSt and DPhil dissertations in a range of topics including twentieth-century Irish poetry and drama, American modernism and poetry and poetics. She also lectures annually on American Modernist Poetry.

For Kellogg Dr. Stubbs currently acts as the Chair of the Sports and Recreation committee, and sits on Academic Board and Governing Body.