Bowen Wang is a current PhD candidate in English literature, Trinity College Dublin (fully 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 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 University of Southern Denmark. He is particularly interested in the approach of intermediality between literature and visual art (especially in term 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 the romanticism to the early modernism in terms of values, ideologies, and cultural manifestations. His interest in this interdisciplinarity soon became more focused when he worked on MSc dissertation about the visual influence upon modernist poets (Pound, Williams, Stevens), thus to highlight the “pictorial turn” in the twentieth century as it brought to light the confluence of literary modernism with visual culture, and the genesis of a sense of aesthetic modernity.
|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|