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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, and for my results I was awarded a place on the Postgraduate Dean’s List.   

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

Thesis

H.D. and Artists After (1970 to Present)

In the 1970s and 1980s there was a concerted effort made by feminist scholars to recover the poet H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) from within the male-dominated ranks of literary modernism. These scholars aimed to loosen the shackles of the Imagist label that had previously portrayed H.D. as a poet of limited range by exploring her rich and varied body of work that had been previously neglected and which ranged from novels to memoirs to film criticism. My research project will account for a concurrent emergence of H.D. that takes place within artistic practice. That is to say, this thesis will highlight how the 1970s and 1980s also marked a significant moment for the recovery of H.D. and her writings as found in the work of artists. I foreground four artists and filmmakers (Joan Jonas, Nancy Spero, Laura Mulvey, Jenny Holzer), all of whom have tangible links with H.D., be it her early Imagist poetry, her late revisions of the epic tradition, her meditations on aesthetics and the creative process, or her well documented analysis with Sigmund Freud. My research accounts for this blind-spot within H.D. scholarship; that while H.D. became an important figure for feminist literary studies and, crucially, feminist revisions of the modernist cannon, she too became a significant figure for a contemporaneous generation of artists. Thus, my project aims to understand why H.D. and her writings became an important place to think and question the demands facing these artists, such analogous issues pertaining to gender and subjectivity, war and violence, the image and the word, montage and the epic.

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

Publications

(Editor), H.D.: Visions and Ecstasies (David Zwirner Books, 2019) [forthcoming]

Review of ‘Joan Jonas: In the Trees II, Amanda Wilkinson Gallery, London, 2018’, Object, 21 (2019) [forthcoming]

Conferece Papers

‘Notes on H.D.’s Scrapbook’, Paratactics, UCL, 15 June 2019

‘World on the Brink: Joan Jonas and H.D.’, Psychoanalysis and American Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, 22-23 March 2019

Teaching

Autumn 2019: History of Art and its Objects

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