Declan Lloyd

PhD student

Research Overview

my thesis is provisionally entitled 'the implicit art: tracing the underlying presence of art and art movements in late modern texts'. my research centers around discerning how art can be present within literature without being explicit (i.e. with actual images and specific references to art/artists), for example through language, style and thematics, tonality, experimentation with visual forms, blurring of text and image (etc. etc.). These permeations, the suffusion of art movements within literary texts, often expose how the authors use the preexisting philosophies of art to bolster their own ideas, and in frequent cases as a critical lens up to society. I am interested in works by J. G. Ballard who engages the surrealists, Douglas Coupland and the Pop artists, William Burroughs and the cut-up method of Brion Gysin, and Anne Carson and the ancient aesthetics of Sappho. Theoretically my research uses the experimental psychoanalytic/media works of Marshall McLuhan, whose work is particularly focused on art and how art can be wielded as critical lens.