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Tracy Brain

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

Sylvia Plath in context
book

Brain, T, ed. (2019) Sylvia Plath in context. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9781108470131 (Forthcoming)


Fiction published under a pseudonym
book

Brain, T (2019) Fiction published under a pseudonym. Harper Collins, London. (Forthcoming)


Fiction published under a pseudonym
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Brain, T (2017) Fiction published under a pseudonym. Harper Collins, London.


Fiction published under a pseudonym
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Brain, T (2014) Fiction published under a pseudonym. Harper Collins, London.


Representing Sylvia Plath
book

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 and you
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Brain, T (2019) 'Sylvia Plath and you.' In: Brain, T, ed. Sylvia Plath in context. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9781108470131 (Forthcoming)


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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