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Ted Hughes StudyLink (Projects & Reseach)

Last updated 16-viii-2005: Matthew Howard

The aim of this page is to create a space where students and ›scholars‹ of Ted Hughes' work can list their projects, and, if they wish, get in touch with each other.

If you would like to have a few lines on your project included, please contact me about it. Alternatively, if you'd prefer not to be listed but have me distribute the details of your project to other people working in that field, please let me know.

Please note that I cannot list simple term papers here, or papers which you may be required to write for school - there would just be too many.

So this page will list theses, projects, studies or works in progress on Ted Hughes. Finished theses are listed separately (see Menu).

The listing is alphabetical:

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Claas Kazzer

is working on a PhD on Ted Hughes books for children. The project is nearing completion.

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Janne Stigen Larsen

is working on a project sketched out as follows:

»The idea that I am working on, is to explore what I see as a dialectic between psychoanalysis and religion in Hughes's work. These two terms are not fully developed on my part, but by and large they may be said to correspond to an interior and an exterior search for answers to questions such as ›What am I?‹, ›What made me?‹ and ›What will come to me here?/ Is this everlasting? Is it/stoppage and the start of nothing?‹.

In my opinion, the masculine/feminine antithesis (which formed the focus of my thesis, entitled ›A Reconciliation of Opposites: Ted Hughes's Gaudete and Cave Birds‹) forms a dynamic principle in connection with this dialectic, in the sense that it functions as a primary metaphor as well as a fundamental starting point for formal experimentation.

For this project I will forcus on Wodwo, Crow, Gaudete and Cave Birds. As a theoretical background I plan to employ work done by Julia Kristeva, specifically Powers of Horror and Tales of Love.

As this project is very much in process, however, I have yet to develop both on the idea itself and on the secondary literature that is to be included. If anybody would like to contact me. As I have worked on this project rather intensely the last couple of weeks, there is a danger that what I have written above does not make any sense to a reader. If so, please let me know.

Best wishes,

Janne Stigen Larsen«

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Matthew Howard

I am currently working on a project focused on the Hughes letters held within the various archives.

I would like to review all of the Hughes correspondence that is archived and condense it down into individual 'cribs'. These could be as simple as providing the basic information such as date written, where from, who to, number of pages of handwritten/typed and so on, but will also include brief details of the content of the letter. In other words, the crib could highlight where exactly TH writes about his own work, the work of others, ecology, biographical facts, animal life etc. My idea is that these cribs could then be made available to scholars which would ultimately save time in the archive, or even visting the archive as, if done thoroughly, the information would be pinpointed to specific, individual letters. It may also be possible to put the 'cribs' into a computer database which would enable even easier searching.

This idea evolved out of the intial thought of my producing a calendar of all of TH's extant letters. Doubtless there will be a collected letters produced at some stage and it would be essential to trace and have copies of each letter as soon as possible as those not in collections are always at risk of being lost forever. That said this original idea is likely to be too great for one person, in the tracing alone. Formulating the calendar thereafter would also be a mammoth task. Thus, the idea of doing the same kind of thing for the letters in the various archives is a kind of smaller version, but with the additional perceived benefit of making a searchable database to aid Hughes scholarship.

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Diane Middlebrook

is currently writing a book about the way Ted Hughes shaped a literary career at the end of the 20th C. The project was completed in a book: Her Husband. She has a web site at http://www.dianemiddlebrook.com.

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Keith Sagar

Literature and the Crime Against Nature, which includes a chapter on Hughes, is Keith's major current work. I have listed additional information on a page fully dedicated to the book.

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Cristina Valtorta

is working on a thesis on »Ted Hughes as essay-writer«. Cristina can be contacted at Cristina.Valtorta<at>fhp-ww.com. She studies at Milan I.U.L.M (Istituto Universitario Lingue Moderne).

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Daniel Weissbort

A friend of Ted Hughes's from their time at Cambridge, is working on a book on Ted Hughes and Translation for Oxford University Press.

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