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The John Rylands Research Institute

Imogen Durant

Ideas of Difference: Re-viewing British Poetry on the Margins, 1930-1950

Imogen is an AHRC-funded second year PhD student. Her research focuses on the influence of the cinema on British poetry in the 1930s and 1940s. Working on two marginal writers, Dawson Jackson and ASJ Tessimond, Imogen is using the Dawson Jackson Papers at the John Rylands Library and the Tessimond Archive at the University of Liverpool to explore the ways in which the poetry from this period was shaped by the new and rapidly emerging mechanical art form of film. 

Imogen completed an MA in English and American Studies at the University of Manchester in 2015, focusing her dissertation on British and American Countercultural poets in the 1950s and 1960s.