Current PhD Students

Melony Bethala

Thesis Title

Women, institutions and the politics of writing: A comparative study of contemporary Anglophone Irish and Indian women poets


Dr Claire Chambers & Prof Matthew Campbell


My doctoral research examines how institutions of the nation-state and the publishing industry have shaped the literary careers of contemporary women poets from Ireland and India. I use case studies of seven Anglophone writers—Eavan Boland, Medbh McGuckian and Paula Meehan from Ireland and Sujata Bhatt, Eunice de Souza, Melanie Silgardo and Kamala Das from India—to create a multilayered, transnational comparison of the personal, social, and cultural pressures placed on women’s poetry and their careers. My thesis draws on historical and political narratives, archival research, interviews, creative industry practices, as well as postcolonial feminist theory to explore how contemporary Irish and Indian women poets respond to and challenge the politics of writing in their home countries and abroad.
Before coming to York, I completed an M. Phil. in Creative Writing at the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing at Trinity College Dublin, and I hold a B. A. in English Literature from EmoryUniversity. My poems have appeared in The Honest Ulsterman, When Women Waken, Abridged, The Narrator and in the anthology A Thoroughly Good Blue.