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.

Forthcoming essays and papers include:

  • Poem as Inscription: from Ezra Pound to Ian Hamilton Finlay, Fleshing Out Words, University of Warwick, March 2019
  • “Heaney and Hesiod”, in Seamus Heaney's Classics: Bann Valley Muses, ed. Stephen Harrison et al. (OUP, 2019).

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 work includes:

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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Website maintained by: Rowena Fowler

Last updated: 15 December 2018