Dr Carrie Smith

Dr Carrie Smith

Lecturer

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

Email:
smithc47@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0317
Location:
2.17, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

I am part of the School's English Literature research section. My research focuses on literary manuscripts and Ted Hughes. My published work on Ted Hughes focuses on questions of authenticity and voice in his poetry readings and recordings using original interviews and research undertaken in the BBC Written archive. I have also published on Hughes’s creative partnership with American artist Leonard Baskin. I am currently preparing a monograph Poetry in the Making: Ted Hughes and the Art of Writing making extensive use of the writer’s literary archives. I have also co-edited a collection titled The Boundaries of the Literary Archive: Reclamation and Representation (Ashgate, 2013) which draws together archivists and literary scholars to think through the multifaceted nature of archival study.

I am happy to supervise PhDs in the following areas: manuscript and archival study, material culture, Ted Hughes, 1950s/60s British poetry, modernism, Virgina Woolf.

I joined Cardiff University as a Lecturer in English Literature in September 2013, after receiving my PhD (2013) from the University of Exeter.

I co-founded the  Ted Hughes Society Journal and currently sit on its Editorial Board. I am also on the Advisory Board of Wales Art Review

At undergraduate level I have taught the following option modules:

  • Poetry in the Making: Modern Literary Manuscripts
  • Modernist Fictions
  • ˜The Post-1945 American Novel
  • ˜The Twentieth CenturyNovel in the British Isles
  • Introduction to the Novel and Poetry
  • Star Cross'd Lovers: The Politics of Desire

At Masters Level I have taught:

  • Modernisms
  • Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries
  • Woolf's Modernism

I am happy to supervise PhDs in the following areas: manuscript and archival study, material culture, Ted Hughes, 1950s/60s British poetry, modernism, Virgina Woolf.

My research focuses on literary manuscripts. My published work on Ted Hughes focuses on questions of authenticity and voice in his poetry readings and recordings using original interviews and research undertaken in the BBC Written archive. I have also published on Hughes’s creative partnership with American artist Leonard Baskin. I am currently preparing a monograph Poetry in the Making: Ted Hughes and the Art of Writing that makes extensive use of the writer’s literary archives. It explores Hughes’s composition techniques throughout his career, arguing that his self-conscious experimentation with the processes by which he wrote profoundly affected both the style and subject matter of his work. I have also co-edited a collection titled The Boundaries of the Literary Archive: Reclamation and Representation (Ashgate, 2013) that draws together archivists and literary scholars to think through the multifaceted nature of archival study.

Research interests

  • modern literary manuscripts
  • poetic process and development in manuscripts drafts
  • Ted Hughes
  • voice and regional accents in 20th century BBC radio broadcasting
  • the creative process of ekphrasis
  • archival study
  • archives and memory

Selected conference papers

‘A different kind of roots and branches: resisting the patriarchal family tree, alternative female inheritances in Orlando’, International Virginia Woolf conference, Leeds Trinity University, 16th-20th June 2016.

‘Concealing and revealing: Mining for Welsh Dahl in the Archive’, Roald Dahl Centenary Conference, Cardiff University, 16th-18th June 2016.

‘Chasing ‘Skylarks’: an archival exploration of the early drafts’, Ted Hughes: Dream as Deep as England, Sheffield University, 9th-12th September 2015.

‘The Composition footprint of “The Hawk in the Rain”’, Ted Hughes Society Conference, Pembroke College, Cambridge, 14th-15th September 2012.

 ‘Audio recordings and the “myth” of Ted Hughes’, Paper for international 5 yearly conference “Ted Hughes: from Cambridge to ‘Collected’”, Cambridge University, 15th -18th September 2010.

 ‘“His real authentic voice... the entire Ted Hughesness of Ted Hughes”: The impact of Ted Hughes’spoetry recordings on perception of his Poetic Voice’. Paper for international conference “Poetry and Voice, a creative and critical conference” at University of Chichester, June 25th-June 27th 2010. 

Invited talks

GENESIS conference, Finnish Literature Society (SKS), Helsinki, 7th-9th June 2017