Sally Connolly

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Assistant Professor

Sally Connolly is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Poetry and is an authority on American, British and Irish verse from the Modern period to the present day. She previously taught at Wake Forest University and was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. Dr Connolly’s main area of research is the elegiac tradition, and particularly elegies for poets. She has recently finished her first book entitled A Genelaogy of Poetry: Elegies for Poets since 1939. Her second book will be a critical biography of the Anglo-American poet Thom Gunn. Her reviews and articles appear in publications such as Poetry, The Times Literary Supplement, and Yeats Annual. She has been the recipient of several prestigious honors and awards including the Kennedy Scholarship at Harvard University.


  • BA University College London, English Literature and Language
  • MA University College London, Poetry and Cultural Studies
  • PhD University College London, Modern and Contemporary Poetry

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Honors and Awards

  • University of Houston New Faculty Grant
  • Archie Grant for Research Excellence (2007)
  • Kennedy Scholarship (2004-2006)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholarship (2003-2006)

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Research Interests

Dr Connolly's chief area of specialization is elegy but her research interest include poetic responses to disaster; transatlantic literary relations; the nature of poetic influence and inheritance; confessional verse; neoformalist criticism; epigraphs and allusion.

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  • 3325: Structures of Poetry
  • 4332: Modern and Contemporary Poetry


  • 7380: A History of Poetry and Poetics
  • 7396: Modern Epic
  • 7396: Elegy
  • 7396: Confessional Poetry

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Selected Publications

  • Review of Dying Modern: A Meditation on Elegy, by Diana Fuss. The Times Literary Supplement, 26 April 2013.
  • Review of The Oxford Handbook of Poetry, Ed. Karen Weisman (Oxford University Press) and The Elegies of Ted Hughes by Edward Hadley (Palgrave Macmillan). The Times Literary Supplement, 25 March 2011.
  • “‘Breaking Bread with the Dead’: W. H. Auden, Seamus Heaney and Yeats’s legacy.” Yeats Annual 17 (Palgrave Macmillan, Spring 2008): 197-226
  • “Comment.” Poetry (Chicago), December 2002: 160-169

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