I am interested in supervising MPhil and PhD theses on any aspect of eighteenth-century poetry; literary aspects of the history of ideas in the eighteenth century; the history and theory of poetic language.



Poetic Language: Theory and Practice from the Renaissance to the Present (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012) More information...

Pope and Berkeley: The Language of Poetry and Philosophy (Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) More information...

Edited volume

The Poetic Enlightenment: Poetry and Human Science 1650-1820, ed. by Tom Jones and Rowan Boyson (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2013) More information...

Special issue of journal

‘Conjectural Histories from the Renaissance to Romanticism’, Forum for Modern Language Studies Special Issue 42:4 (October 2006), ‘Introduction’, 333-38, and ‘Language Origins and Poetic Encounters in Rousseau, Shaftesbury, Smith and Ferguson’, 395-411 (12K in total).

Book chapters

‘Prosody, Knowledge and Humanity in Enlightenment Language Science’, in The Poetic Enlightenment (see above).

‘Andrea Brady’s Elections’, in Complicities: British Poetry 1945-2007, ed. by Sam Ladkin and Robin Purves (Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2007), pp. 238-52.


‘Pope and the Ends of History: Faction, Atterbury, and Clarendon’s History of the Rebellion’, Studies in Philology 110:4 (Autumn 2013), forthcoming.

‘George Berkeley and the Value of the Arts’, 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era 20 (2013), forthcoming.

‘Performing Gender in Augustan Criticism and Pope’s To a Lady’, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 33:1 (March 2010), 1-21.

'George Berkeley and Thomas Secker: A Note', The Berkeley Newsletter, 17 (2006), pp. 14-19 More information...

'Pope's Epistle to Bathurst and the Meaning of Finance', Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 44:3 (2004), pp. 487-504

'Pope and Translations of Plutarch's Moralia', Translation and Literature, 12:2 (2003), pp. 263-73

'Plato's Cratylus, Dionysius of Halicarnassus, and the Correctness of Names in Pope's Homer', Review of English Studies, n.s. 53:212 (2002), pp. 484-99

Online resources

‘Theories of Language in the Eighteenth Century’, Oxford Handbooks Online, forthcoming, 2014.

‘Alexander Pope’, Oxford Bibliographies in ‘British and Irish Literature’, ed. by Andrew Hadfield (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012). More information...
General introduction, section introductions and 150 annotated bibliographical entries.

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Dr Tom Jones

Education and Experience

Tom has worked in St Andrews since 2001, after completing a PhD on Alexander Pope, philosophy and literary criticism. He teaches eighteenth-century poetry, fiction and philosophy, as well as literary theory and the theory of literary language across a broader historical range. Tom is interested in ways of increasing participation in higher education, and is an active member of UCU. He is also General Editor for Reviews for Forum for Modern Language Studies.

Research Interests

Tom's main areas of research are the relationship between theories of meaning and poetic practice, and the history of ideas in the eighteenth century, particularly the history of linguistic thought. His work on poetry and poetics has concentrated on Alexander Pope, but extends across the range of post-renaissance English language poetry. He also has a particular interest in George Berkeley, of whom he is writing a biography.

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Contact information

Room: KH 206
Phone: 2648

Consultation hours:
Tues 9-11am

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