Dr Sally Bushell PhD (Queens' College, Cambridge), BA (London), MA (York), MA (Lancaster), PGCE (Cambridge), is Reader in British Romanticism, Director of Research (2011-2013) and co-director of the Wordsworth Centre. Major publications are: Re-Reading The Excursion (Ashgate, 2002); The Excursion ([co-edited] Cornell University Press, 2007); and Text as Process: Creative Composition in Wordsworth, Tennyson and Dickinson (University Press of Virginia, 2009). She has undertaken a collaborative pilot project with The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, putting Wordsworth's manuscripts online for the first time. She is also General Editor (with Isobel Armstrong) of a new Reading Guides to Long Poems Series with Edinburgh University Press.
Dr Bushell's second critical book,Text as Process: Exploring Creative Composition in Wordsworth, Tennyson and Emily Dickinson(2009), connects literary critical with text-critical and philosophical ideas about poetic creativity and composition and aims to open up manuscript material to more creative critical interpretation. It is concerned with defining new ways of responding to text as process, or the "coming into being" of the literary work and with opening up draft materials to a wider readership.
A second area of research interest concerns the relationship of place, space and poetry as embodied in the manuscript object. In 2007 Dr Bushell explored such ideas in her own research through an AHRC funded collaborative project with The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere. This project is primarily concerned with putting the manuscripts online in an accessible form. Current research is on literary mapping, exploring the relationship between reading and mapping in fictional works and between visual and verbal meaning in literature.
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