Christopher Thomas

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Office:  111 Neville Hall

Email: christopher.thomas@maine.edu

Office hours – by appointment

Courses Taught

ENG 101: College Composition

Bio

Originally from Oxford, England, I received my BA from the University of Bristol and an MA in Modern Literature and Culture from King’s College London. I joined UMaine as a Teaching Assistant and graduate student, specializing in Poetry and Poetics in the Department of English.

My research at King’s included treatments of uncanniness and the surreal in short fiction and poetry of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. I completed projects on “forgotten” writers such as Anna Kingsford, Lucy Clifford, and Hope Mirrlees. I developed my final thesis project around the unsettling onset of photographic vision, inspired by the work of French poet and critic Yves Bonnefoy, and using as my case-study Virginia Woolf’s Monday or Tuesday (1921).

Writers and artists I return to and who inspire my own creative output include the British poet David Gascoyne, novelist Angela Carter, and painters and authors of the bizarre including Dorothea Tanning, Leonora Carrington, and Ithell Colquhoun.