- Diversity and Inclusion Lead for the School of Languages and Literatures
- Module convenor: EN3MT (#MeToo: Women's Writing as Resistance) and EN3RR (Routes and Roots: Migration in Contemporary World Literature)
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Dr Shamma is a specialist in 20th-21st century literatures. Her research tends to focus on the poetry of place, and ranges across regions in its focus-from New York City, to refugee camps. She has published on topics including The New York School, Eco-criticism, Caribbean poetry, Women's poetry, and Testimonies of Migration, and authors including Frank O'Hara, Alice Notley, Ted Berrigan, Ron Padgett, Joe Brainard, T.S. Eliot, Lorna Goodison, Olive Senior. She is interested in what Wallace Stevens calls, "the pressures of the contemporaneous" and how these pressures influence perceptions, and by extension, literary forms.
She is currently Principal Investigator on the British Academy funded 'Lost and Found: Testimonies of Displacement, Migration, and Resettlement' project, creating the digital archive: Making Home Away (www.makinghomeaway.com). Her current book projects both incorporate interview material into their texts: We are The New York School (under contract with Edinburgh University Press), and When We Talk About Home: Testimony, Oral History, and Poetry of Migration, funded by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2021-2022).
For further details about Dr Shamma's work at large please visit her website.
Dr Shamma teaches widely across the period 1800 - present day (tending to offer modules and seminars on poetry, Women's Literature, American Literature, and or Postcolonial Literature) at all levels of the Department's undergraduate degree programmes and on the MA in English. She is currently supervising doctoral research on a range of topics in contemporary world literature. She is always keen to receive informal enquiries from potential PhD students interested in The New York School, Literature of Migration, and Modern/Postmodern American or Global poetry.