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Tracy Brain

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Academic qualifications

  • PhD, University of Sussex
  • MA, University of Sussex
  • BA, University Of California, San Diego

Training

  • Selecting and Interviewing PhD Students, training event at UWE, October 2005
  • Independent Chair Training for Phd Vivas, May 2006. Refresher training Summer 2013.
  • Employability for Creative Writing and English Literature Postgraduates in the School of English and Creative Studies
  • UK Council for Graduate Education One Day Training Event:
    Practice-Based and Practice-Led Doctorates: Supervison and Success, May 2011
  • Led a Training Event, together with Professor Paul Davies
    'Recruiting and Developing PhD Cohorts'
    School of Humanities and Cultural Industries Staff Development Day, June 2011
  • Ensuring PhD Completions for Research Excellence Framework 2014
    Missenden Centre for the Development of Higher Education
    September 15-16, 2011
  • Member of Working Party on Bath Spa University's PhD Regulations. Summer and Autumn, 2013.
  • Recruitment and Selection. One-Day Training event. December 2013.

  • The National Association for Writers and Teachers of English
  • The Higher Education Academy (formerly the Institute for Teaching and Learning)
  • The UK Council for Graduate Education
  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs
  • The Society of Authors

Key roles at Bath Spa University

  • Creative Writing Subject Lead for the South West and Wales Arts and Humanities Research Council funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)
  • Programme Leader, PhD in Creative Writing - includes designing and coordinating funded training and development programme
  • Member of the University's Higher Degrees (Research) Committee
  • Member of the College of Liberal Arts Research and Postgraduate Sub-Committee
  • Higher Degrees Tutor, Field of Writing and Performance, College of Liberal Arts
  • Line manager for several colleagues in the Field of Writing and Performance
  • Member of Creative Writing Leadership Group
  • Member of Writing and Performance Leadership Group.

External examiners

  • MA in Creative Studies, University of Wales, Bangor, 2001-2005
  • Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Arts in Professional Writing, University College, Falmouth, 2001-2005
  • PhD on Sylvia Plath, University of New South Wales, 2004
  • MA Thesis on Sylvia Plath, University of Malaya, 2006
  • BA in Creative Studies, University of Sussex, 2006-2010
    BA in Creativity and the Arts, University of Sussex, 2007-2010
  • PhD on Sylvia Plath, Leeds Metropolitan University, 2008
  • MA in Creative Writing, Birkbeck College, University of London, 2011-2014.
  • PhD in Creative Writing by Publication, Oxford Brookes University, 2014.
  • PhD on Sylvia Plath, University of Ulster, 2016.
  • Undergraduate Diploma in Creative Writing, University of Oxford, 2016-2019.

Other external roles

External auditing/review:

  • External Panel Member, Final Stage Validation for the MA in Creative and Critical Writing, King Alfred's Winchester, 22 March 2002.

Editorial work:

  • Reader for the peer reviewed academic journal English, July 2002.
  • Reader for the peer reviewed academic journal Textual Practice, November 2002 and August 2005.
  • Reader for the peer reviewed academic journal The Review of English Studies, December 2010.
  • Reader for Ashgate Publishing, 2011
  • Reader for the peer reviewed academic Journal of American Studies, Summer 2013.

Teaching specialisms

  • Psychological Thrillers
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Ted Hughes
  • The Nineteenth Century Novel (especially Dickens, Hardy and the Brontes)
  • Samuel Richardson
  • Literature and Reproductive Medicine

Bath Spa University Teaching Fellowship, 2007/2008

Current Scholarship

Books:

  • Pregnancy and the Novel: Representation and Concealment from Richardson to Hardy
  • Scholarly monograph to be published by Palgrave Macmillan and
  • Sylvia Plath in Context. To be published by Cambridge University Press.

Articles and essays:

  • 'Sylvia Plath in the Early Twenty-First Century'. To be published in a collection of new scholarly essays. American Poetry Since 1945. Edited by Eleanor Spencer. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Casebook. Forthcoming 2016 or 2017.

Research supervision

Two English Literature PHDs supervised to completion:

  • "The Secret Vice: Masturbation in Victorian Fiction and Medical Culture". This research was supported by a full time AHRC studentship. Published as a book by Manchester University Press in 2008.
  • "Women and Self-Sacrifice in the Mid-Victorian novel".

Ten creative writing PhDs supervised to completion: 

  • "Elizabeth Bishop's Anxiety of Influence", plus Poetry Collection
  • "Narrative Distance Between Living and Telling in Childhood Memoirs", plus Fictional Memoir, "The Diplomat's Wife"
  • "Narrative Techniques in Women's Wilderness Memoirs", plus Fictional Memoir: "The Games We Play at Forty Below"
  • "The Forests of the Mind: the Poetry of Pascale Petit", plus "The Ivy Hides the Fig Ripe Duchess". Poetry Collection, published by Seren, 2011
  • "The Making and Changing of 'Stolen': A Memoir"; plus "Stolen", A Novel for Young Adults (Chicken House, 2009). This research was supported by a full time AHRC studentship
  • "The Baker's Daughter" (Memoir, Macmillan 2014), plus "A Study of European Expatriate Food Memoirs"
  • "The Pink Suit" (Novel, published by Little Brown in the US and Virago in the UK, 2014), plus "A Reflection of the Considerations Made When Portraying Jackie Kennedy in Fiction"
  • "Pain Body" (Poetry Collection, to be published as "What the Willow Said", Red Hen Press, 2016), plus "Writing at the Intersection of Elegy and Witness"
  • "Gris-Gris" (A Novel), plus study of Toni Morrison and Isabel Allende
  • "Rainbow" (Working Title - Historical Novel set in the late 18th century), plus "Literary Transgressions: Reconstructions of Gender in the Historical Novel". This research was supported by a full time AHRC studentship.

Current PhD in Creative Writing supervisions:

  • 'The Book of Astolat' (Historical Novel), plus "The Call to Adventure: the Twelfth-Century Grail Story's Impact on Contemporary Narratives"
  • Poetry Collection: 'The Poem Under the Ground'; plus a study of 'Lyric Site-Based Poetry'. This research is supported by a full time AHRC studentship.
  • 'Sugar' (Historical Novel); plus a study of 'Writing, Self-Consciousness and the Unhappy Queer Ending'. This research is funded by a full time AHRC studentship awarded by the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership.

Low residency PhD in Creative Writing programme for international students:

  • I lead this full time, specialist strand of Bath Spa University's PhD in Creative Writing programme.
  • Together with Professor Gerard Woodward, I successfully supervised our first cohort, who began in October 2012.
  • Professor Woodward and I began working with our fourth cohort in October 2015.

PhD in Creative Writing Research Forum

Together with Professor Gerard Woodward and Professor Kate Pullinger, I convene this specialist forum, which meets each month.

Research and academic outputs

Go to ResearchSPAce

Representing Sylvia Plath
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Brain, T and Bayley, S (2011) Representing Sylvia Plath. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9781107006751


The other Sylvia Plath
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Brain, T (2001) The other Sylvia Plath. Pearson Education. ISBN 0-582-32730-X


Sylvia Plath in the early twenty-first century
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Brain, T (2016) 'Sylvia Plath in the early twenty-first century.' In: Spencer, E, ed. American poetry since 1945. Palgrave, London, pp. 111-132. ISBN 9781137324467


Story, body and voice: dating and grouping Sylvia Plath's poems
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Brain, T (2013) 'Story, body and voice: dating and grouping Sylvia Plath's poems.' In: Critical insights: Sylvia Plath. Salem Press, Ipswich MA. ISBN 9781429838337


Fictionalising Sylvia Plath
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Brain, T (2011) 'Fictionalising Sylvia Plath.' In: Bayley, S and Brain, T, eds. Representing Sylvia Plath. Cambridge University Press, Cambrige. ISBN 9781107006751


Hughes and feminism
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Brain, T (2011) 'Hughes and feminism.' In: Gifford, T, ed. The Cambridge companion to Ted Hughes. Cambridge Companions to Literature . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9780521145763


Unstable manuscripts: the indeterminacy of the Plath canon
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Brain, T (2007) 'Unstable manuscripts: the indeterminacy of the Plath canon.' In: Helle, A, ed. The unraveling archive: essays on Sylvia Plath. University of Michigan Press, Michigan, pp. 17-38. ISBN 0472099272


Sylvia Plath's letters and journals
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Brain, T (2006) 'Sylvia Plath's letters and journals.' In: Gill, Jo, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Sylvia Plath. Cambridge University Press, pp. 139-155. ISBN 0-521-60685-3


Dangerous confessions: the problem of reading Sylvia Plath biographically
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Brain, T (2006) 'Dangerous confessions: the problem of reading Sylvia Plath biographically.' In: Gill, Jo, ed. Modern Confessional Writing. Routledge, pp. 11-32. ISBN 0-415-33969-3


Stitching a life, telling a story: sewing in 'Jane Eyre'
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Brain, T (2014) 'Stitching a life, telling a story: sewing in 'Jane Eyre'.' Women's Writing, 21 (4). pp. 464-487. ISSN 1747-5848


Medicine in Sylvia Plath's late poems
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Brain, T (2013) 'Medicine in Sylvia Plath's late poems.' Plath Profiles: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Sylvia Plath Studies, 6 (Summer). pp. 9-26. ISSN 2155-8175


Wish I had a Sylvia Plath
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Brain, T (2008) Wish I had a Sylvia Plath. In: Oxford Literary Festival after-performance discussion, 4 April 2008, Oxford Playhouse, Oxford, UK.


Presenting Sylvia Plath
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Brain, T (2007) Presenting Sylvia Plath. In: Syliva Plath 75th Year Symposium, 25-27 October 2007, Balliol College, Oxford, UK.


The manuscripts of Plath's last poems
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Brain, T (2007) The manuscripts of Plath's last poems. In: Modern Manuscripts Series Seminar, 20 November 2007, University of London, London, UK.


Plath the working writer: editing and the manuscripts
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Brain, T (2002) Plath the working writer: editing and the manuscripts. In: Sylvia Plath 70th Year Symposium, 31 October - 2 November 2002, Indiana University IN, USA.


Rethinking the Plath canon
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Brain, T (2002) Rethinking the Plath canon. In: Research Series, December 2002, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK.


"It's not just about the writing": effective personal and professional development for creative writing PhD candidates
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Fenby-Hulse, K, Whiting, M, Middleton, T and Brain, T (2015) "It's not just about the writing": effective personal and professional development for creative writing PhD candidates.


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