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Xiaofan Xu

Research Student, Faculty of Arts


Research Summary

Current Status

PhD (full-time) - writing up

Research Topic

A Poet's Country: Landscape and Nationhood in T. S. Eliot's Post-conversion Poetry and Politics


Dr Leena Kore-Schröder, Dr Bridget Vincent

Dr Sarah Davison (on leave)


Beijing Foreign Studies University (MA, BA)

Grants Received

Graduate School Travel Prize, University of Nottingham, April 2017.

The Great Britain-China Educational Trust (GBCET) award, November 2015.

School of English Research Committee Funding for International Symposium "Time and Place in T. S. Eliot and His Contemporaries." Florence, Italy. 18-21 January 2015.

Bursary Award, T. S. Eliot International Summer School, Institute of English Studies, University of London (2014)

Selected Conference Papers and Presentations

'Cosmopolitan Location: T. S. Eliot's Rooted Cosmopolitanism' (paper accepted), Modernisms and Modernities East, West and South. Fudan University, Shanghai. 19-22 July 2017.

'"United to the Spiritual Flesh of Nature"': T. S. Eliot among the British Surrealists of the 1930s' (paper accepted), Modernist Life, BAMS (British Association of Modernist Studies) Triennial Conference. Birmingham University. June 2017.

'Poet as translator and the burden of faithfulness: The case of T. S. Eliot's translation of Anabasis', Nottingham Poetry Series, University of Nottingham. 23 February 2017.

'T.S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas, and British Surrealism in the 1930s'. A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales, The Inaugural Modernist Network Cymru Conference. University of Swansea. 7 September 2015.

'From the Rose-garden to Hedgerows: Mapping Eliot's Englishness in Four Quartets'. Local Modernisms: 1890-1950. Centre for the Study of Cultural Modernity, University of Birmingham. 22 June 2015.

'The English Rose-garden and Eliot's Ruralism: Four Quartets revisited'. International Symposium "Time and Place in T. S. Eliot and His Contemporaries." Florence, Italy. 18-21 January 2015.

'Four Quartets, the figure of the garden, and Eliot's alienated Englishness'. New Work in Modernist Studies. BAMS postgraduate conference. Cardiff Metropolitan University. 6 December 2014.

Research Institutes, Centres and Research Clusters Memberships


Chinese translator of Lyndall Gordon, The Imperfect Life of T. S. Eliot (London: Virago, 2012), Shanghai Literature and Art Publishing house, forthcoming 2017.

School of English teaching affiliate, Tutorial Support Assistant, 2015-2017.

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