Ms Michaela Atienza

Supervised by

  • James Smith First/primary/lead supervisor

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Personal profile

My doctoral thesis, ‘Related Literature’: How T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land Shaped a Research Process’, generates writing that is contingent on and impassioned by Eliot’s poetry as well as scholarly and critical writing on his life and work. In my creative critical component, elements of poetry, scholarship, and criticism interact, affecting the form, structure, and content of each chapter. Using such strategies, the project aims to demonstrate a deep and synoptic understanding of its subject matter, but also to ask: What is it to know or understand The Waste Land? What does such knowledge entail, and what effects does it have? What happens when a reader, armed with (or disarmed by) such knowledge, meets such a text? In this way, the project re-enacts and reframes the practices of academics engaging with the poem. More broadly, the thesis proposes that such experiments are viable, and valuable, in other research contexts.

Research interests

My research interests include:

- writing that fuses or frustrates distinctions between "critical" and "creative" (e.g. creative critical writing, fictocriticism)

- the poetry and prose of T.S. Eliot

- academic writing and the history of academic forms and practices


I am currently a faculty member of the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of the Philippines.

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