Tara Stubbs

Official Fellow

University Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing, OUDCE

Faculty of English

MA Cantab MSt DPhil Oxford


Formerly a lecturer in English Literature at St. Peter’s College, Oxford, Dr. Tara Stubbs works on modernist poetry and fiction, with particular interests in Irish and American literature and publication history. Her monograph, American Literature and Irish Culture, 1910–1955: the politics of enchantment (Manchester University Press, 2013) discusses how and why American modernists from Steinbeck to Stevens turned to Ireland at various stages during their careers.

Since completing her DPhil on the modernist American poet Marianne Moore and Irish writers in 2007, she has published several articles and chapters on Moore; has edited a ‘special issue’ of Comparative American Studies (June 2011) on ‘The idea of influence in American literature’; and has published book chapters on ‘Yeats and the Ghost Club’ for a new study, Irish Writing London, and on the Irish poet Thomas MacGreevy and American modernist poets for a new edited collection on MacGreevy.

Following publication of her monograph in 2013 Dr. Stubbs has written book chapters on T. S. Eliot, 1922, and transatlantic modernism; and on W. B. Yeats and contemporary American literature and culture for a forthcoming edited collection, which she is co-editing with Doug Haynes (Sussex), entitled Navigating the Transnational in Modern American Literature and Culture (Routledge, 2016). She is also writing a literature review on ‘Transatlantic Poetics’ for a special, ‘Irish-American’ edition of Symbiosis: A Journal of Anglo-American Literary Relations. Future projects include an article on Marianne Moore and England for a special issue of Modernist Cultures (2016), and a longer-term project on the idea of the ‘Irish sonnet’ in the twentieth century.

For OUDCE, she teaches literary theory and modernism for the Foundation Certificate in English Literature, gives weekly classes on Irish literature, and runs the Creative Writing summer school.  She also acts as a supervisor and assessor for MSt and DPhil dissertations for the English Faculty and OUDCE.