Bowen Wang is a current PhD candidate in Englis, Trinity College Dublin (co-funded by TCD-CSC scholarship program) and an Early Career Researcher based at Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute. He holds an MSc in Literature and Modernity at the University of Edinburgh, following the completion of his BA in English Language and Literature at Sun Yat-sen University, with an exchange year in English/American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark. He is particularly interested in the approach of intermediality between literature and visual art (especially in terms of poetry and painting), and through which how the artisthood as painter-poet (e.g. Mina Loy, e. e. cummings, Djuna Barnes) is constructed and how their poetics and aesthetics are interacted across media, among different disciplines and cultures.
His BA thesis, which won the Best Graduate Thesis of Sun Yat-sen University, explores the tension between and the complexity of text-image relations by focusing on Blake’s composite artistry and cummings’ graphic poetry, which reflect a change from romanticism to early modernism in terms of values, ideologies, and cultural manifestations. His interest in this interdisciplinarity soon became more focused when he worked on an MSc dissertation about the visual influence upon modernist poets (Pound, Williams, Stevens), thus highlighting the “pictorial turn” in the twentieth century as it brought to light the confluence of literature with image, visual culture, and modernist aesthetics.
|Academic interests||Modernism and postmodernism; intermediality studies between literature and art (e.g. text-image intersection, ekphrasis, illustration, graphic narrative, visual culture); ut pictura poesis; experimental poetry and poetics; avant-garde movements and aesthetics; critical theory|