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Sally Connolly

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Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor

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  • Office: Main English Department Office (Roy Cullen 205)
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Sally Connolly is the Graduate Director of the English Department. She is an Associate 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. Her first book Grief and Meter: Elegies for Poets After Auden was published by the University of Virginia Press in 2016. Her second book Ranches of Isolation: Transatlantic Poetics will be published in 2017 followed by 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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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; modern and contemporary epics; epigraphs and allusion.

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


  • 7380: A History of Poetry and Poetics
  • 7390: Introduction to Doctoral Studies
  • 7396: Modern Epic
  • 7396: Elegy
  • 7396: Confessional Poetry

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Selected Publications

  • Ranches of Isolation: Transatlantic Poetics (MadHat Press, forthcoming 2017)
  • “‘Dead Enigmas’: Seamus Heaney’s elegies for Robert Lowell and Francis Ledwidge,” Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies (University of Notre Dame Press), Forthcoming 2017
  • “Two Genealogical Elegies for Seamus Heaney,” Literary Imagination (Oxford University Press), 2016, Volume 18, Issue 3: 1-9
  • Grief and Meter: Elegies for Poets After Auden (University of Virginia Press, 2016)
  • 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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Honors and Awards

  • University of Houston New Faculty Grant (2009)
  • Archie Grant for Research Excellence (2007)
  • Kennedy Scholarship (2004-2006)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholarship (2003-2006)

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Affiliations and Links

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