Hannie Phillips

Hannie Phillips


I joined the University of Leeds School of English in October 2018 as a Postgraduate Researcher, and embarked on my PhD project 'The Poetics of Post-Holocaust Memorial'. My research is interested in poetic memorialisation of the Holocaust in Britain and Ireland between 1960 and 2010. I am supervised by Professor John Whale in the School of English and Dr Helen Finch in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies. My PhD is funded by the AHRC WRoCAH consortium.

I hold an MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature, Culture and Thought from the University of Sussex and a BA in English with Creative Writing from the University of Nottingham.

Research interests

My research interests include:

  • late twentieth and early twenty-first century poetry
  • memory studies and mourning and memorialisation in literature
  • war and genocide studies
  • monuments, memorials and commemorative architecture
  • gender studies

My doctoral research is focused on the ways that the Holocaust has been memorialised by British and Irish poets between 1960 and 2010. I am interested in poets such as Geoffrey Hill, Tony Harrison, Michael Longley, and Seamus Heaney, who were not first-hand witnesses of the Holocaust, but nonetheless attempt to remember and mourn victims of the Holocaust in their poetics. I am navigating an understanding of memorial poetics through theories of post-Holocaust memory, and memorial acts found in sites and spaces after the Holocaust, such as in memorials, museums, and architecture. This involves investigating the ways in which Holocaust memorial poetry can be understood alongside developments in memorial and monumental traditions since the Holocaust. I am also examining the multidirectional context of Holocaust memorial poetry written by Irish poets during the Troubles.


  • MA Modern and Contemporary Literature, Culture and Thought (University of Sussex)
  • BA English with Creative Writing (University of Nottingham)