Dr Tom Jones
Education and Experience
As an undergraduate and postgraduate student Tom Jones worked at the University of Cambridge, completing a PhD on Alexander Pope and his relation to the literary critical and linguistic thought of the later seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He has worked in St Andrews since 2001, teaching 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.
Tom's research is concerned with the relationship between theories of meaning and poetic practice. He has explored this relationship most thoroughly through readings of Pope's poetry, but is currently working on theories of poetic language across the history of English language criticism in relation to structural and post-structural accounts of language. He also has particular interests in George Berkeley, amongst other seventeenth- and eighteenth-century philosophers, and in the Enlightenment historical imagination.