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Dr Will May 

Associate Professor

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Dr Will May is an Associate Professor in English at the University of Southampton.

I completed my doctoral thesis at Balliol College, Oxford in 2007 and went on to lecture at Bath Spa University and St Anne's College, Oxford before joining Southampton as a teaching fellow in 2008. I was made a research fellow in 2009, a lecturer in 2010, and a senior lecturer in 2013.

I am a member of the Centre for Modern and Contemporary Writing (CMCW), and am committed to projects that use writing to bring different communities together. I helped set up the F.T. Prince Memorial Lecture, an annual English lecture which celebrates the work of the poet F.T. Prince, a former Professor of English at Southampton, and was part of the Leverhulme-funded project Story Places. This year I will be helping run Peripeteia, a website to support A-Level English students, and working on arts initiatives across the city. I also run the Department's Visit Days.

I am on the executive of University English where I represent the UK to the European Society for the Study of English.

Research interests

I am the editor of Stevie Smith’s Collected Poems and Drawings, and am currently researching mentoring practice in British poetry. I enjoy thinking about poets that trouble critics and modes that trouble poets, and have written a number of articles on poetry and whimsy. I also have research interests in contemporary British fiction, and music and modern literature. I would be interested in supervising students working in any of these areas.

I have recently edited a book of essays on the poet F.T. Prince; other publications include Stevie Smith and Authorship (Oxford University Press, 2010), which won the CCUE 2011 book prize, and Postwar Literature: 1950-1990 (Longman, 2010).

I guest edited special issues on text-setting and libretti for Contemporary Music Review (Routledge), and international espionage fiction with Phyllis Lassner. I have also written articles on Emily Dickinson, Edward Lear, Elizabeth Taylor, and the pianist Harriet Cohen.

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  • May, W. (Composer), Williams, L. (Other), & Frowde, R. (Performer). (Accepted/In press). The Night Dances. Performance

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I convene a number of modules which make connections between our discipline and the wider world, and between creative and critical practice: these include Creative Writing in Schools, a final-year module with schools placements, Animals Forms, which considers poetic form in relation to the human and the non-human, and Literary Industries and New Media.

I also convene the MA in Global Literary Industries Management, a one-year specialist postgraduate programme which prepares students for work in the creative industries.

I have supervised 11 doctoral students to completion on a variety of critical and creative projects. I currently supervise Joan McGavin, who is completing a poetry collection inspired by phrenology, and Karen Jane Cannon, whose work explores contemporary eco-poetry.

Dr Will May
Faculty of Arts and Humanities University of Southampton Avenue Campus Highfield Southampton SO17 1BF United Kingdom

Room Number: 65/2027

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