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  • University of Huddersfield Queensgate Huddersfield HD1 3DH

    United Kingdom

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Heather Clark joined the University of Huddersfield as Professor of Contemporary Poetry in 2019. She is the author of Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath, which will be published in October 2020 by Alfred A. Knopf in the US, and Jonathan Cape in the UK; The Grief of Influence: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes (Oxford UP, 2011), which was a Choice Outstanding Academic Title, and The Ulster Renaissance: Poetry in Belfast 1962-1972 (Oxford UP, 2006), which won both the Robert Rhodes and Donald Murphy Prizes from the American Conference for Irish Studies. Her reviews and essays have appeared in the Harvard Review, the Times Literary Supplement, PN Review and elsewhere.

Heather received a 2017-18 Public Scholar Fellowship and a 2006-07 Research Fellowship from the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as a 2016-17 Biography Fellowship from the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the City University of New York, for her work on Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. She has recently been a Visiting U.S. Fellow at the Eccles Center for American Studies at the British Library and a Visiting Scholar at the Oxford Center for Life-Writing. In 2018 she appeared in a BBC documentary on Sylvia Plath, Life Inside the Bell Jar, for which she was also the scholarly consultant. Her research interests include postwar British, Irish and American poetry and literary biography. She welcomes MA and PhD proposals in these areas.


DPhil in English Literature, University of Oxford, 2002

MSt in English Literature, University of Oxford, 1999

MPhil in Anglo-Irish Literature, Trinity College Dublin, 1997

BA in English and American Language and Literature, Harvard University, magna cum laude, 1996

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Research Output

P(l)athography: Plath and Her Biographers

Clark, H., 2019, Sylvia Plath in Context. Brain, T. (ed.). Cambridge University Press, p. 360-370 11 p. (Literature in Context).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Sylvia Plath: The Light of the Mind: A biography of Sylvia Plath

    Clark, H., 6 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Sylvia Plath's Ninth Kingdom

    Clark, H., 11 Apr 2019, Harvard Review.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review

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    The Belfast Group

    Clark, H., Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) Seamus Heaney in Context. Higgins, G. (ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    "The Voice Within: Sylvia Plath's Juvenilia, 1947-1950"

    Clark, H., 2 Aug 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Modern Literature. 44, 1

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


    • 2 Visiting an external academic institution

    City University of New York

    Heather Clark (Visiting researcher)

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    Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, Woflson College, Oxford

    Heather Clark (Visiting researcher)

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