Chris' PhD students are working on:



Fossil Poetry: Anglo-Saxon and Linguistic Nativism in Nineteenth-Century Poetry. (Forthcoming)

Strange Likeness: The Use of Old English in Twentieth-Century Poetry (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006). Shortlisted for the ESSE book award 2008. More information...


‘Excavating the Borders of Literary Anglo-Saxonism in Nineteenth-Century Britain and Australia’, co-authored (50/50%) with Louise D’Arcens, University of Wollongong,Representations, 121 (2013), 85-106.

‘Old English after 1066’, in Malcolm Godden and Michael Lapidge, eds., The Cambridge Companion to Old English Literature, 2nd edn (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 313-30.

‘Earlier English Influences’, in Anthony Sharpe, ed., W. H. Auden in Context (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 257-65.

‘While Crowding Memories Came: Edwin Morgan, Old English and Nostalgia’, special Edwin Morgan edition of Scottish Literary Review, 4/2 (2012), 123-44.

 ‘Inclinit to diversities: Wyntoun’s song on the death of Alexander III and the ‘origins’ of Scots vernacular poetry’, Review of English Studies (2012), doi: 10.1093/res/hgs063.

‘Recycling Anglo-Saxon Poetry: Richard Wilbur’s ‘Junk’’, in Julian Weiss and Sarah Salih, eds., Locating the Middle Ages: The Spaces and Places of Medieval Culture (London: King’s College London Medieval Studies, 2012), pp. 213-225.

'Old English for Non-specialists in the Nineteenth Century: a Road not Taken', in Stuart McWilliams, ed., Saints and Scholars: New Perspectives on Anglo-Saxon Literature and Culture in Honour of Hugh Magennis (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2012), pp. 234-51.

'"Birthplace for the poetry of the sea-ruling nation": Stopford Brooke and Old English', in Sebastian I. Sobecki, ed., The Sea and Englishness in the Middle Ages: Maritime Narratives, Identity and Culture (Cambridge: Brewer, 2011), pp. 179-194

'Anglo-Saxonism in Nineteenth-century Poetry', Literature Compass, 7 (2010), 358-369.

‘ “No Word For It”: Postcolonial Anglo-Saxon in John Haynes’ Letter to Patience’, The South African Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 20 (2010), 63-90. Download article

‘New Old English: The Place of Old English in Twentieth- and Twenty-first-century Poetry’, Literature Compass, 7 (2010), 109-1019.

'From Heorot to Hollywood: Beowulf in its Third Millennium', in Anglo-Saxon Culture in the Modern Imagination, eds. David Clark and Nicholas Perkins (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2010), pp. 13-29.

'Anglo-Saxonism in Nineteenth-Century Poetry', Literature Compass, 7 (2010), 358-369. More information...

'"Where Now the Harp?" Listening for the Sounds of Old English Verse from Beowulf to the Twentieth Century', Oral Tradition, 24 (2009), 485-502. With e-companion. More information...

'The Reception of William Morris's Beowulf', in Writing on the Image: Reading William Morris, ed. David Latham (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007)

'Knight or Wight in Keats's 'La Belle Dame'?: An Ancient Ditty Reconsidered', The Keats-Shelley Review, 19 (2005), pp. 39-49. Runner-up in Keats-Shelley Memorial Association essay competition 2005. Read here...

'Unchained Daimons: Auden and the "Barbaric Poetry of the North"', Review of English Studies, ns 53 (2002), pp. 167-185. RES essay prize winner 2001. Read here...

"'One can Emend a Mutilated Text": Auden's The Orators and the Old English Exeter Book', TEXT, 15 (2002), pp. 61-275. Several articles in this volume of TEXT were co-edited with Professor Andrew Murphy. Read here...

"'One a Bird Bore Off": Ezra Pound and the Elegiac in The Cantos', Paideuma, 30 (2001), pp. 91-98. Read here...


Chris has published poems and translations from Old English in a variety of journals, including PN Review, Agenda, English, The Reader, The Oxford Magazine, Archipelago, Poetry Scotland and Horizon Review.

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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.

Research Interests

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.

PhD Supervision

Chris Eddington, Elizabeth Marshall

Dr Chris Jones

Contact information

Room: KH 205
Phone: 2673

Consultation hours:
2pm on Tuesdays, 10am on Thursdays

Research Profile on PURE

School role

Director of Research (Digital Research, Impact & Environment)