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Dr John Holmes

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Responsibilities

I am Part 3 exams officer for English Literature, Co-convenor of the MA module Modern English Studies (nineteenth-century) and Liaison officer for English and History of Art and Fine Art.

I convene undergraduate modules including 'The Nineteenth-Century Novel' and 'Modern Epic'.

For a complete list of my teaching, please see John Holmes Teaching and Convening.

Along with Andrew Mangham, I am joint Director of the new Faculty Research Theme on Interdisciplinary Research in the Humanities and Science. For details of my areas of interest and research activities, please see John Holmes' research and interests.

Recent publications include:

Darwin's Bards: British and American Poetry in the Age of Evolution (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009; new in paperback in 2013) (http://www.euppublishing.com/book/978-0-7486-3940-3)

Science in Modern Poetry: New Directions (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2012) (http://www.liverpool-unipress.co.uk/html/publication.asp?idProduct=4074)

Horae Amoris: The Collected Poems of Rosa Newmarch, co-edited with Natasha Distiller, University of Cape Town (High Wycombe: Rivendale Press, 2010) (http://www.rivendalepress.com/newpub.html)

For a complete list of my publications, please see John Holmes Further Publications.

John Holmes's Research and Interests

My primary research interest is in nineteenth- and twentieth-century British and American poetry from the Romantics to the present day. I work particularly on literature and science, especially evolutionary theory; poetic form, including the sonnet and the epic; and Victorian intellectual culture and aesthetics, including the relationship between literature and the visual arts. I have also worked on Renaissance culture, particularly poetry.

I am the Chair of the British Society for Literature and Science http://bsls.ac.uk/ and on the editorial board of the Journal of Literature and Science [link to http://www.literatureandscience.org/. From 2006 to 2008 I held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to work on Darwinism, poetry and poetics. From October 2012 to June 2013 I held an AHRC Research Fellowship working on a new project on the Pre-Raphaelites and science, in collaboration with the Oxford University Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Manchester Museum and the Manchester Art Gallery.

I have worked with colleagues in Biology, History, French and English on an AHRC-funded project to see what biologists make of research on biology by scholars in the humanities. (http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/cultivating-common-ground/). Along with Andrew Mangham and other colleagues across the University, we are now launching a new Research Theme on Interdisciplinary Research in the Humanities and Science.

I co-ordinate the department's research in Modern Studies (19th, 20th and 21st Century Literature), with specific responsibility for Literature and Science, including organising the Modern Studies Research Seminar. For details of my areas of interest and research activities, please see John Holmes' research and interests.

Research Supervision:

I am currently co-supervising PhDs on the novels of Sir Henry Rider Haggard and on the nineteenth-century historical novel, and an AHRC-funded collaborative doctoral project with the Royal Society on the place of the Royal Society in Victorian literary culture. I would welcome applications for research students planning to work on any of my main research interests, including interdisciplinary projects and projects bringing together more than one of these fields.

 

Areas of Interest

Research groups / Centres

Publications

 Recent publications include:

For a complete list of my publications, please seeJohn Holmes Further Publications.

 

 Academic Affiliations:

Darwins Bards

 

  • Chair, British Society for Literature and Science (http://www.bsls.ac.uk)
  • Member, British Association of Victorian Studies
  • Member, North American Victorian Studies Association
  • Member, Society for Literature, Science and the Arts

                                                                        

 

 

 

 

 

Literature and Science

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