Dr Alex Wong, St John's



Biographical Information

Research Fellow at St John's College (from 2015).


Research Interests

English poetry of the early modern period until 1700, especially in relation to humanism and the 'classical tradition'.

The influence, imitation, appreciation and criticism of early modern English literature (Tudor and Stuart authors, forms and styles) in later British culture, from the late eighteenth century to the mid-twentieth.

Victorian literature, with an emphasis on authors associated with the Aesthetic Movement.

Essayists, critics and writers on aesthetic matters from the nineteenth century onward, especially in the tradition of Ruskin and Pater.

Form, style and genre.



Selected Publications


The Poetry of Kissing in Early Modern Europe: From the Catullan Revival to Secundus, Shakespeare and the English Cavaliers (Boydell and Brewer, forthcoming 2017).

          BOOKS EDITED:

Selected Verse of Algernon Charles Swinburne (Carcanet, 2015).


[‘Catullus in Europe: 1400-1700’, in The Cambridge Companion to Catullus, ed. Ian Du Quesnay and Anthony Woodman (CUP, forthcoming).]

[‘“Non Sum Qualis”: Three Comparative Readings’, in 'Betwixt the Bounds of Life and Death': Selected Essays on Ernest Dowson (1867-1900), ed. Alice Condé and Jessica Gossling (Peter Lang, forthcoming).]

‘Dowson’s “Cynara” and the English Alexandrine: A Study of Form in Context’, English Literature in Transition, 60:2 (Jan 2017), 210-34.

‘Vernon Lee’s Problem with Landor’, Cambridge Quarterly, 45:2 (2016), 135-56.

‘The Hard and the Soft in the Humanist Poetry of Kissing’, The International Journal of the Classical Tradition, 21:1 (2014), 30-66.

‘Sir Philip Sidney and the Humanist Poetry of Kissing’, The Sidney Journal, 31:2 (2013), 1-30.

‘Joseph Beaumont and Richard Crashaw: A Study in Standing-Points’, English, 62:238 (Autumn 2013), 316-36.

‘An Allusion to Tasso in W. S. Landor’s Gebir, and its Generic Implications’, Notes and Queries, 60 [258]:2 (June 2013), 223-26.

‘“Dainty Martyrdom” and “Hot Devotion” in the Verse of Joseph Beaumont’, Religion and Literature, 44:2 (Summer 2012), 1-34.

‘Uttering Angels and Minting Metaphors: Some Numismatic Tropes in Early Modern British Poetry’, British Numismatic Journal, 82 (2012), 121-32.

          SOME REVIEWS:

[Review of Sara Lyons, Algernon Swinburne and Walter Pater: Aestheticism, Doubt, and Secularisation (Legenda, 2015), in Studies in Walter Pater and Aestheticism, 3 (forthcoming).]

‘Still to be Neat’: review of Adam Roberts, Landor’s Cleanness: A Study of Walter Savage Landor (OUP, 2014), in Essays in Criticism, 66:1 (2016), 123-31.

Review of Keith Hanley and Brian Maidment, Persistent Ruskin: Studies in Influence, Assimilation and Effect (Ashgate, 2013), in Notes and Queries, 61 [259]:2 (June 2014), 317-18.

Review of George Meredith, Modern Love and Poems of the English Roadside, with Poems and Ballads, ed. Rebecca N. Mitchell and Criscillia Benford (Yale, 2013), in TLS (Sept 13 2013: No 5763), 13.

Review of Barrie Cook, Angels and Ducats: Shakespeare’s Money and Medals (British Museum Press, 2012), in The British Numismatic Journal, 83 (2013), 328-29.

Review of Richard Cronin, Reading Victorian Poetry (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), in TLS (Aug 3 2012: No 5705), 27.