Talitha Slabbert

To formulate my research interests quite broadly, I am interested in how we think about meaning, and specifically, in how our myths and fictions – what Giambattista Vico called our “fantastic wisdom” – might serve as signposts whereby we can situate ourselves within the world and orient ourselves, not only in relation to the other, and to our socio-political contexts, but also in relation to history and to the future. I consider the study of literature to constitute a remarkable mode in which to examine what, historically speaking, we have made, and continue to make of our own being-in-the-world. In my DPhil, I would like to study the way in which the images of sea voyage and of descent into the underworld operate together in the texts of Modernist authors like Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot, and I would like, furthermore, to examine the relation of these strangely paired images to the respective authors’ conceptions of meaning and hermeneutics. Apart from my academic interests, I enjoy playing football and listening to music: particularly to The Smiths, David Bowie, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.