Dr Chris Jones
Education and Experience
Chris Jones received his BA from King's College London and an MA in Medieval English from the Queen's University of Belfast. After several years teaching English as a foreign language in Rome, Berlin and Oxford, Chris came to St Andrews to research his PhD on the role and influence of Old English in nineteenth- and twentieth-century poetry. He was awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship in 2007 and is a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy of Scotland. Chris has also written for the Guardian, on the occasion of Tony Blair's resignation from office, and for the Times Higher Education on the arts of foraging.
Chris is a Member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy, and a Fellow of the English Association.
Chris has wide research interests in poetry, especially that of the Anglo-Saxon period and the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has written on Beowulf, Old English, Tennyson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, William Morris, Ezra Pound, W. H. Auden, W. S. Graham, Edwin Morgan, Seamus Heaney and Basil Bunting. Chris is interested in reception, influence and poetic technique and also works on the phenomenon of Medievalism: the reception and adaptation of of the Middle Ages in the post-medieval world. Chris is commissioning co-editor for Boydell & Brewer's Book Series 'Medievalism'. His book Strange Likeness: the use of Old English in twentieth-century poetry (Oxford, 2006) was shortlisted for the ESSE best book prize of 2007 and his monograph Fossil Poetry: Anglo-Saxon and Linguistic Nativism in Nineteenth-century Poetry is forthcoming.
See also Mediaeval literature web pages.