This week we are joined by Alice Tarbuck, a Ph.D student studying the poetThomas A. Clark, who is interested in the boarders and liminal space between art and literature.
Hello! My name is Alice and you can often find me on Twitter as @atarbuck. Currently, I'm beginning my final year as a PhD student at Dundee University. Working with the Scottish Poetry Library, I'm currently working on cataloguing the archive of the poet who I study, Thomas A. Clark, alongside my academic research on him. I'm lucky enough to have been funded under the AHRC collaborative doctoral award scheme, which provides unique access to, and support from, a non-academic institution.
My research topic, the poetry and practice of Thomas A. Clark, combines the close focus of researching a single person with the enormous, broad rafts of modern art, contemporary poetry, artists' books and innovative and experimental writing. I also brush shoulders with Ecocriticism/ecopoetics, an area I am extremely interested in. Thomas A. Clark is a poet and visual artist, born in Greenock, and now resident in Pittenweem, where, with his wife and collaborator Laurie Clark, he runs the small press Moschatel Press and Cairn Gallery, a space for conceptual art. Clark eludes categorisation, drawing inspiration from Concrete poetry, conceptual art, land art, innovative poetry and the New Nature Writing. He presents a fantastic topic for research, and is a warm and generous interviewee, which I am grateful for.
Amongst general Phd-ing, I am currently learning Gaelic, writing a novel, becoming continually attracted to small islands, attempting to get my immune disorder into stable remission, getting used to living alone, worrying about jobs and life post-PhD, and learning to embroider. Having worked in fiction publishing, I'm very interested in current academic publishing news, as well as what everyone is reading - and fiction reading habits amongst academics more generally.
I'm hoping to begin some discussions about the borders between art and literature, particularly discussions about text-based artworks and visual poetry to @WetheHumanities. I'm very interested in Zen and its influence on Minimalism at the moment, so hoping to pop that in too. Additionally, as a Scot, I'm interested in the ways that Scottish academia might differ from experience in the rest of the UK, especially post the Independence vote. As a feminist, I'm interested the ways in which feminism intersects with research that, at first glance, has very little obviously 'feminist' content. Because I work on a living poet, I am fascinated by how other researchers approach their own living subjects – challenges and rewards. On less research-based themes, I'd love to discuss language acquisition, dealing with limitations to wellness in academic life, teaching, islands and how to go about getting a post-doc. I am absolutely not above soliciting advice!