Chris' PhD students are working on:

Chris's former PhD students have successfully completed (and published) their PhDs on:



Fossil Poetry: Anglo-Saxon and Linguistic Nativism in Nineteenth-Century Poetry. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018). More information...

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...

Edited Collections

Co-editor with Bettina Bildhauer of The Middle Ages in the Modern World (London: Proceedings of the British Academy/Oxford University Press, 2017): a collection of essays partly resulting from the interdisciplinary conference ‘The Middle Ages in the Modern World’, celebrating the 600th anniversary of the University of St Andrews. More information...

Co-editor with Neil Rhodes of issue 24/2 of Oral Tradition (2009): a series of articles based on papers delivered at ‘Sound Effects’, St Andrews 2006. Includes e-companion of digital audio material. More information...

Co-editor with Andrew Murphy of issue 15 of TEXT (University of Michigan Press, 2002): a series of articles based on papers delivered at ‘Re-Ma(r)king the Text’, St Andrews 2001.

Digital Media

‘Five Fables’ (Touchpress, 2014). Scholarly and interpretative annotations to Seamus Heaney’s translations of Robert Henryson’s Aesop’s Fables, incorporated within a multi-media iPad app. More information...

Articles and Chapters

‘Overhearing the past: poem-making in Beowulf and the origins of desire for origins’, in Graham Caie and Michael Drout eds., Transitional States: Change, Tradition and Memory in Medieval Culture (Tempe: AZ Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 2018).

‘The Once and Future Medieval Poetry’, in The Middle Ages in the Modern World (London: Proceedings of the British Academy/Oxford University Press, 2017), pp. 168-85.

‘From Eald Old to New Old: Translating Old English Poetry in(to) the Twenty-first Century’ in Translating Early Medieval Poetry: Transformation, Reception, Interpretation, ed. Tom Birkett and Kirsty March (Cambridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2017), pp. 13-28.

‘Medievalist Poetry’, in Louise D’Arcens, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Medievalism (2016), pp. 14-28.

‘Collaborative Writing as Methodology: an inquiry between a palliative health care professional, an academic of English, and an absent poet’, co-authored (50/50%) with Catriona MacPherson (NHS) Cultural Studies <=>Critical Methodologies, 14/4 (2014), 361-368. DOI: 10.1177/1532708614530307.

‘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 and 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

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Prof 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 has been awarded research grants and Fellowships for his work from the AHRC (2006), The Leverhulme Trust (2007), The Carnegie Trust (2009), The Australian Academy of the Humanities (2009), The Royal Society of Edinburgh (2011), and The British Academy (2013). In 2013 he was elected a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy of Scotland. He has appeared on BBC Radio on several occasions to talk about medieval poetry, including a discussion with Melvyn Bragg of The Ruthwell Cross Poem, which was selected as BBC's 'Pick of the Week'. He was co-writer and contributor on an award-winning iPad app version of Seamus Heaney's translations of the Scottish poet Robert Henryson's Fables (also broadcast on BBC). Chris has also written for the Guardian, on the occasion of Tony Blair's resignation from office, for the RSE on whether ISIS is 'medieval', and for the Times Higher Education on the arts of foraging.

Chris is a Fellow of the English Association.

Research Interests

Chris has wide research interests in English-language poetry, especially that of the Middle Ages and its reception in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has written on Beowulf as well as on Old and Early Middle English poetry more generally, the 'earliest surviving poem' in Scots, 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 the Middle Ages in the post-medieval world. Chris is a commissioning co-editor for Boydell & Brewer's Book Series 'Medievalism', and co-editor of The Middle Ages in the Modern World (OUP, 2017). His monograph Strange Likeness: the Use of Old English in Twentieth-century Poetry (OUP, 2006) was shortlisted for the ESSE best book prize of 2007 (reviews), and his most recent monograph Fossil Poetry: Anglo-Saxon and Linguistic Nativism in Nineteenth-century Poetry (OUP, 2018) is now out.

See also Mediaeval literature web pages.

PhD Supervision

Chris Eddington, Elizabeth Marshall

Dr Chris Jones - chair

Contact information

Room: KH 205
Phone: 2673

Consultation hours:
S2: 2pm on Tuesdays and 10am on Thursdays

Research Profile on PURE

School role

School Library Representative