Diarmid Sullivan

email - d.sullivan.1@research.gla.ac.uk

Research title: Dog-roses: Field Notes on Proserpina & Others

Research Summary

My research concerns adopting & applying a radical Romantic compositional method—partly modelled on the critical-creative examples of Jeffrey C. Robinson & Jerome Rothenberg— to the interpretation of experiential writing. Both revisionary & polemical, this method attacks the conservative Romantic orthodoxies on which many of our contemporary understandings & interpretations of experiential prose still depend. Though this project depends on a strategy of drawing from many writers, for instance John Ruskin, Marcel Proust, & Romantic/Post-Romantic poets, it remains rooted in my readings of, & returns to, the writing of the German writer W.G Sebald.

My MLitt dissertation was on the Proustian sentence in Sebald’s Austerlitz; alongside editing this for publication, and the doctoral thesis, I am currently researching an article on John Ruskin & Edward Lear.

Areas of Interest:

  • G. Sebald
  • John Ruskin & Marcel Proust
  • Romanticism/Post-Romanticism
  • Auto/biographical studies
  • Travel Writing
  • Geoffrey Hill




  • ‘Proustian Structures in W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz’:— Mood: Aesthetic, Pscyhological and Philosophical Perspectives; Univeristy of Warwick, May 6 – 7th 2016.
  • ‘Re/visionary Ruskin’:— Afterlives: UoG PG Conference; University of Glasgow, July 1st- 3rd 2020.


  • English Literature 2B: Writing & Text