Sophie Baldock, PhD (University of Sheffield)

Teaching Fellow in British Studies

Sophie Baldock

My research and teaching interests include modern and contemporary British and American literature, particularly poetry and archival research. My PhD thesis, titled ‘“A correspondence is a poetry enlarged”: Robert Duncan, Elizabeth Bishop, Amy Clampitt and Poet-War Poets’ Letters’, explored the work of three post-1945 poets and the close and complex relationships between their poetry and letters. The thesis demonstrated the centrality of letter writing in the creative process and the forging of literary communities. During my doctoral studies I was awarded a British Association for American Studies Malcolm Bradbury Award along with a Petrie Watson Exhibition from Sheffield University to support research using poets’ archives held at Yale University’s Beinecke Library and the New York Public Library. I have a chapter on Elizabeth Bishop’s letters and poems forthcoming in Reading Elizabeth Bishop: An Edinburgh Companion (Edinburgh University Press 2018) and am currently working on further articles and a monograph based on my thesis.

Before coming to Harlaxton, I taught undergraduate courses at the universities of Sheffield and Keele. Through a University of Sheffield-British Library Scholarship I also gained experience working as an archivist, and helped to catalogue contemporary poet Wendy Cope’s archive held at the British Library.


  • ‘Migrating Letters’ in Reading Elizabeth Bishop: An Edinburgh Companion. Ed. Jonathan Ellis. Forthcoming from Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018.
  • ‘(Re)Presenting the Archive: 360˚ Analysis and Discussion in the Round.’ Contributor to Special Issue of The Archive Journal 4 (Spring 2014).
  • ‘Born digital: archives in the digital age.’ The Author: Journal of the Society of Authors. (Autumn 2012): 101-102.

British Studies