Daisy Gudmunsen, BA (Oxon), MA (KCL)
Daisy Gudmunsen works on twentieth-century French poetry and philosophy of literature. She is interested in how the extreme limits of human experience can be approached via poetry as a mode of writing, paying particular attention to poetry’s formal distinctiveness. Her research is informed by Martin Heidegger’s, Maurice Blanchot’s and Georges Bataille’s ideas about literary language; her corpus of modern French poetry, meanwhile, includes poets such as Jacques Dupin, René Char and Louis-René des Forêts. Her other interests include twentieth-century prose narratives, and the relationship between poetry and the plastic arts.
She received the R. Gapper Postgraduate Essay Prize in 2016 for an essay entitled ‘The Representation of Jewishness in Denis Guénoun’s Un Sémite and Jacques Derrida’s Le Monolinguisme de l’autre’. Daisy currently holds a Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities for her DPhil work at the University of Oxford. Daisy is also co-editor of the MHRA early-career journal, Working Papers in the Humanities.