Areas of Interest: British and Irish Modernism, Global Anglophone & Postcolonial Literature, Poetry & Poetics, Religion & Literature
Education: Wheaton College, BA
Sarah Elizabeth Coogan is a doctoral candidate in English and an Irish Studies minor at the University of Notre Dame. Her research focuses on the intersection of nostalgia and national identity in British and Irish Modernist poetry. Her dissertation examines how the modernist epic nostalgically excavates cultural memory, juxtaposing the past with the present and preserving that past in art. The project considers how nostalgia functions not only as a reactionary or naive sentiment, but also as a source of political empowerment and artistic inspiration. Her work focuses on poets like T. S. Eliot, David Jones, Lynette Roberts, and James Joyce. She currently serves as a managing editor for the scholarly journal Religion & Literature.
“Remembering the Great War in Frank McGuinness’ Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme.” New Hibernia Review 21.4 (Winter 2017)
“‘you will furnish / that fatigue’: Typological Interpretation and David Jones’ Ambiguous Soldier.” Religion & Literature 49.1 (forthcoming)
“History as Grail Quest: David Jones’ Controversial Search for Sacrament.” In David Jones: Christian Modernist?, edited by Erik Tonning, Paul Fiddes, Jamie Callison, and Anna Johnson. Brill, 2017.