School of the Arts, English and Drama

Postgraduate research

Al-Obaidi Mohammed

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Mohammed joined the English Department/College of Education/University of Mosul in 1998. There, I was influenced by some professors who have a great and essential role during my study. I finished my B.A. courses in 2002 and ranked fourth. Literature, for me, unites everything that I find exciting about life, and most of my spare time is taken up with reading poetry as I considered it to be the spiritual food to my soul. To me, literature is mankind's greatest attainment, which is why I am determined to dedicate my life to its study.

 In 2003, he started my M.A. study in the field of Literature at the College of Arts/University of Mosul. In 2005, I finished my M.A. study in English and American Literature. Two years of M.A. are spent, one year for courses and the next one is successfully dedicated for writing a thesis in Modern and Postmodern American Poetry. Within a year period, I could accomplish my thesis entitled ‘The Fusion of the Personal and the Public: A Study of Marianne Moore's Selected Poems.’

Mohammed is exceedingly interested in teaching English Literature. He has been teaching English Literature for seven years at Mosul University. Mohammed occupied a Deputy Head of the English Department during 2007-2012.

Mohammed thesis is about the ‘representation of Space and Place the American confessional Poetry.’ It includes the poetics of landscape and setting, including domestic interiors which are quintessential for the confessional poetry. Moreover, the ‘spaces’ of memory/landscapes of the past, spaces of confinement, gothic spaces, and natural spaces (flora and fauna could be included here).

The thesis main focal point is topophilia and topophobia: Affinity or aversion between places and bodies in American confessional poetry will be a part of the thesis as I think that it will contribute to how these poets may perceive different, (un)familiar places. For example the image of the home as a prison and the only safe shelter from the outside fears, is extremely illustrative of this point. The American confessionalists’ Gothic covers the argument concerning the horrors of domesticity as twentieth century women are more likely seen to be imprisoned in domestic spaces; the kitchen for example, as opposed to haunted or deserted places endemic to the eighteenth/ninetieth centuries.         Exploration of the attachment to a place that also includes people who lived there will be examined in this thesis.

Brian Jarvis, Senior Lecturer in American Literature & Film

Patriarchy in Virginia Woolf's ‘Jacob's Room. University of Tikrit, 2010.

Death, Mortality and Decay in Shelley's ‘Ode to the West Wind’ and Keats’ Ode to the Psyche.’ Mosul University, 2011.

Love, Murder and Suffering in William Wordsworth’s ‘The Thorn.’ Mosul University, 2011.

Modernity and Postmodernity in R. Jackson's Selected Poems. University of Tikrit, 2012.


Member of Association of Independent Teachers in Iraq               2007-date

Member  of Examination Control Board                                       2008-date

Member of the Scientific Board of English Department Council     2009-date

Member of ITP TOEFL Centre at Mosul University                        2011-date