Ms Jennie Cole

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Educational background

2014-present    Candidate for PhD by Practice-based Research, Royal Holloway, University of London
2011-2013        MA Poetic Practice, Royal Holloway, University of London
2004-2007        BA English, Queen Mary, University of London
2002-2003        Fine Art Painting, Chelsea College of Art, The London Institute


EN1011 Thinking as a Critic (UG Yr 1 course)

EN1112 Introducing Poetry (UG Yr 1 course)

Personal profile

I am a PhD candidate and Visiting Tutor at Royal Holloway. My doctoral thesis is provisionally entitled 'A Citational Poetics.' It examines a range of uses of citation in art and poetry, and is heavily informed by the writings of Walter Benjamin.

My thesis seeks to differentiate between varied poetic uses of found language and the engagement with citation in works of conceptual writing. It undertakes comparative study of the dialectics of citation and allegory, while also addressing uses of citation that interrelate practices of poetry and visual art, as demonstrated by reference to a selection of specific works by practitioners in each field.

This is accompanied by a submission of practical works exploring poetic uses of citation, a number of which have been exhibited internationally and are represented in collections. This ongoing research is funded through the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership as a full AHRC scholarship, and is supervised by members of the Poetics Research Centre.

Research interests

  • poetry and poetic practice, particularly contemporary and modern poetry of Britain and the Americas;
  • citation, collage and found language;
  • interview practices, orality and self-representation, testimony;
  • Walter Benjamin;
  • text, image, and performance;
  • relationships between literature, philosophy, and critical and literary theory;
  • relationships between literature and visual arts practice;
  • artists' film and video;
  • artists' books.

Other work

I am an artist and poet, working across film and video, audio, performance, artist's books, and other printed matter, with enthusiasm for unruly formats and the crossing of discourses. My works often investigate the means of finding language, while establishing material and structural frameworks that emphasise and unsettle its referential functions.

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