Matthew Lear

Thesis title: Gathering the Mess: Repurposed Poetics and Anthropocene Time

Background

Matthew studied English as an undergraduate at the University of Exeter, receiving the Dean’s Commendation for Exceptional Academic Performance. After working briefly as an English teacher in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, he studied for an MPhil in English Studies: Criticism & Culture at the University of Cambridge. He is a first year PhD student and his project on Repurposed Poetics and Anthropocene Time is funded by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership.

Qualifications

MPhil English Studies, University of Cambridge, 2021.

BA (Hons) English (1:1), University of Exeter, 2019.

 

Research summary

Matthew's research focuses on natural archives and the notion of ‘repurposed’ poetics, whereby writing is recycled – both textually and materially – to think more dynamically about environmental contexts. He is interested in how literature engages with the temporal and ontological theories generated within Anthropo-scene discourse.

Past research interests

Matthew has previously worked on the Philosophy of Attention in the works of Iris Murdoch, Miklós Vető, and Simone Weil. He has a strong interest in identity, property and institutional crises in (Post-)Celtic Tiger Irish fiction.

Affiliated research centres

Current project grants

Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship