Behind The Plath Diaries.

My name is Maeve, I'm 27 and beginning my final year as a Ph.D. candidate at The University of Ulster, working on a thesis primarily discussing the poetry of Sylvia Plath. I hope that my blog will not only serve as a resource on this fascinating topic but more broadly on life as a graduate student as well.

My interest in Sylvia Plath, like many, began when I was in my mid-teens. I was completely entranced by Plath's fiery and vivid use of language and the emotions explored in her work. As a typical teenager, I found Plath's poetry instantly relateable: all my angsts, concerns and feelings seemed to be perfectly described in Ariel.

From 2003-2006, I studied for a BA (Hons) degree in English Literature and Modern History at Queen's University Belfast where my final year dissertation focused on the work of Plath. My experiences as an undergrad studying American poetry and fiction definitely shaped the way I consider literature in general. Completing my MLitt at the University of Glasgow in 2007, I wrote on Jorie Graham and L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry, which was an immensely satisfying experience. My masters study afforded me the opportunity to study weird and wacky fringe elements within American poetry, challenged me to think about literature in different ways and made me unafraid of the unknown!

Following on from my MLitt, I worked in University administration for three years and my love for Plath began to re-emerge distinctly at this point. Having put her work on the back-burner while at Glasgow, coming back to the novels, short stories and poems in my mid-twenties was so refreshing. Plath's writing took on brand new meanings for me. I became interested in the larger issues that surround her work, the Cold War, WW2, McCarthyism, the pre-second wave feminist era, motherhood, daughterhood, wifedom, psychoanalysis, the evolution in sound that the poems make... I could go on.

It became clear to me that should I ever go for a Ph.D., Plath had to be the poet I work on. And so I enrolled in my programme in 2010 and have never looked back! I am happy to discuss my dissertation topic in more detail with anyone interested.

Please don't hesitate to email me or add my academia.edu profile if you have questions/anything to add. I am also happy to suggest books and discuss work with other English Literature students,  and am interested to hear from anyone curious about Plath!

My c.v. is available upon request.