Dr Tara Stubbs

Associate Professor in English Literature and Creative Writing, Department for Continuing Education; Fellow of Kellogg College


Dr Stubbs’ researches the modernist period, focusing on Irish and American literature, transatlantic exchange, and publication history.

Her 2013 work, American Literature and Irish Culture, 1910–1955: the Politics of Enchantment, discusses how modernist American writers such as F Scott Fitzgerald, Marianne Moore, Eugene O’Neill, John Steinbeck and Wallace Stevens engaged with Irish culture, and underlines the importance of Ireland as a locus of inspiration for American modernism. She has also written on Irish writers including W B Yeats and Richard Murphy, and is currently working on a book-length study on the idea of the 'Irish sonnet' within twentieth-century literature, provisionally entitled The Irish Sonnet in the Twentieth Century: Revision and Rebellion.


  • Irish literature, culture, politics
  • English, Irish and American poetry from c.1850 to the present day
  • Modernism (British, Irish, American)
  • Individual writers: W B Yeats, Seamus Heaney, Marianne Moore, F Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, contemporary Irish poets
  • Close reading and the practice of reading poetry, especially form
  • Transatlantic/ transnational literature and culture, particularly twentieth century
  • American literature from 1900 to the present day