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Michael Green

michael.green.16@ucl.ac.uk

I graduated from Queen Mary University of London in 2016 with a BA in English & Drama (First Class) and from UCL in 2017 with an MA in History of Art (Distinction). For my undergraduate results I was awarded five academic prizes, including the Written Research Prize for my dissertation on myth-making in the work of Cy Twombly, as well as prizes for overall academic performance. My MA dissertation looked at the entwined roles of psychical and political resistance in the video works of Silvia Kolbowski. 

My PhD at UCL is fully funded by The Wolfson Foundation and is supervised by Professor Mignon Nixon.

Thesis

After H.D.: Between Art, Poems, War, and Psychoanalysis

My research tracks the conceptual exchanges between the modernist poet H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) and a group of artists working between 1960 and the present day. Taking H.D.’s 1961 epic poem Helen in Egypt as a starting point and thinking about how it has been drawn upon by artists such as Joan Jonas and Nancy Spero, I consider why such artists turn back towards H.D. in order to address issues pertaining to contemporary conflicts, war violence, and the causes and justifications of war. Working within a psychoanalytic framework, particularly theories of transference, I will examine the implications of returning H.D.’s poetic voice and her retelling of the Trojan War to the present to bear upon and critique the stark realities of war which surround these artists, that is the wars in Vietnam, the Gulf, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Research interests

Contemporary art; psychoanalysis; the writings of H.D. and Virginia Woolf; processes of adaptation/appropriation; gender and subjectivity; film and the moving image; artistic response to war; performance studies

Funding

2018-2021 Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities, The Wolfson Foundation

Awards

2017 Postgraduate Dean’s List, UCL

2016 Westfield Trust Prize, Queen Mary

2016 Finalists’ Prize, Queen Mary

2016 Written Research Prize, Queen Mary

2016 Practice-based Research Prize, Queen Mary

2015 Second-Year Prize, Queen Mary