Irralie Doel's research crosses 20th and 21st century literature and creative process, especially poetry and poetics, drama, and women’s writing.
She leads the English Literature pathway at the University of Brighton in Hastings and also teaches creative writing and research relations between writing, reading and creative practice. She has an interest in how visual texts intersect with literary texts, and in practitioners who employ both.
Irralie Doel lectures and researches in English Literature and creative practice. Her principle research interests are in twentieth and twenty-first century literature and creative process, especially poetry and poetics, drama, and women’s writing.
Her research involves making connections across period and discipline specific boundaries and she has taught and researched in literature and culture from ancient and medieval to contemporary. Irralie also teaches creative writing and research relations between writing, reading and creative practice. She has an interest in art history and practice, especially by twentieth century and contemporary women, in how visual texts intersect with literary texts, and in practitioners who employ both.
She is currently completing a book on Muriel Rukeyser’s poetry and creative practice, co-editing The International Dictionary of Feminist Writing with Kate Aughterson for Scarecrow Press, and is writing an article on Muriel Rukeyser’s children’s literature. She is also researching poetry and creative process, dramatic tragedy, and practitioners working in both visual art and literature.
Irralie was awarded a first class degree in English Language and Literature in 2003, achieved a distinction in her MA by Directed Research with a dissertation entitled ‘Traversing Boundaries: An Investigation into Poetic Prose in the work of Hélène Cixous, Anne Michaels and Jeanette Winterson’ in 2006, and completed her doctorate in 2010 on the poetry of the American writer Muriel Rukeyser. She joined the University of Brighton in February 2011 after teaching for nearly ten years at the University of Liverpool in the School of English, Continuing Education and Widening Participation. Irralie Doel also taught at Liverpool Hope University and ran arts projects and courses for the WEA, SWAN Women’s Centre, and various arts and community organisations including the National Trust, UNISON, Tate Liverpool and the Walker Art Gallery. She was an invited member of the steering committees for Arts and Health in Sefton (Sefton Primary Care Trust) and the Sefton Literature Festival.
Irralie Doel is currently Pathway Leader for English Literature at the university's Hastings Campus. She organises the Hastings Interdisciplinary Research Workshop, facilitates the Staff/Student Creative Writing Group, and has been involved with the Hastings Storytelling Festival.
Arts Council, Sefton PCT, Mental Health Implementation Team for arts and health pilot project at SWAN Women’s Centre, Sefton, Merseyside