Edward Lear, On the road, two hours from Tepelene, 19 April 1857.
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Donald C. Gallup.
Having retired from the Department of English at the University of Bristol I am an independent scholar based in Oxford and London. These pages
describe some of my current and earlier projects.
My web edition of Edward Lear's Journey in Greece and Albania in 1857 is now available.
Web editions of Lear's Greek journey of 1856 are under construction.
At present I am working mainly in classical reception; I am particularly interested in the relationship between Greek literature (ancient and modern) and literatures in English.
Other current projects include:
- Greek in literary Modernism (especially Joyce and Pound)
- the reception of Hesiod
and Pindar in English poetry
- the idea of a national poet: C. Day Lewis and George Seferis.
Recent essays and papers include:
- “I sailed never with Cadmus: Modernism’s
Thebes”, Classical Association Conference,
Leicester, April 2018.
- “Starlight and Electric Light: Seamus
Heaney’s Greece”, in Landscapes of Irish and Greek Poets, ed. Joanna Kruczkowska (Oxford: Lang, 2018)
- (with Rose Little) “‘In a Different Light’: Imagining Greece in Elizabeth Taylor and Barbara
Pym”, in Greece in British Women’s Literary Imagination 1913-2013, ed. Eleni Papargyriou et al. (Lang, 2017)
- “Betty Radice and the Survival of Classics”, in Women Classical Scholars: Unsealing the Fountain from the Renaissance to Jacqueline de Romilly, ed.
Rosie Wyles and Edith Hall (OUP, 2016).
- “Heaney and Hesiod”, in
Seamus Heaney's Classics: Bann Valley Muses, ed. Stephen Harrison et al. (OUP).
Previous papers include:
- “Tin Wreaths and Broken Statues: Ezra Pound, Commemoration and the Classical Text”, UCL, June
- “William Rothenstein:
The Artist as Reader”, Cartwright Hall, Bradford, March 2015
- “‘Si credere dignum est’: Crediting the Georgics from Browning to Hill”, UCL, April
Greek”, Durham University, July 2013.
My background is in the Victorian period; on this website are details of my work on Robert
Browning and Edward Lear.
Other research interests include:
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Last updated: 21 August 2018