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 from 2007 to 2010 to work on the history of verse lineation in English. 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 has wide research interests in poetry, especially that of the Anglo-Saxon period and the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is interested in reception, influence, poetics and poetic technique, intertextuality and the materiality of poems as textual objects. He is also concerned with the phenomenon of Medievalism, the reception and adaptation of of the Middle Ages in the post-medieval world. Chris has written on Beowulf, Old English, Gerard Manley Hopkins, William Morris, Ezra Pound, W. H. Auden, W. S. Graham, Edwin Morgan, Seamus Heaney and Basil Bunting. He oversees a joint, Carnegie-funded project with the University Library to develop their extensive archive of Douglas Dunn's unpublished papers. Chris is also commissioning co-editor for Boydell & Brewer's Book Series 'Medievalism'; the first volume 'Anglo-Saxon Culture and the Modern Imagination' is now out.