Dr Thomas Owens, Churchill

 

 

Biographical Information

I am a Junior Research Fellow in English at Churchill College. I took my undergraduate MA at the University of St Andrews (2009), before doing the MSt (2010) and DPhil (2013) at St John’s College, Oxford.

For Part I of the English Tripos I teach Paper 1 (Practical Criticism and Critical Practice) and Paper 6 (English Literature and its Contexts 1660-1870). 

Research Interests

I am completing a monograph for Oxford University Press on William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Astronomy. Other recent or current work includes projects on the integrity of prose style (in writers such as Richard Hooker, Thomas Browne, Joseph Addison, and Edmund Burke); the Romantic reception of Michelangelo's sonnets; Matthew Arnold; and Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Selected Publications

  • Wordsworth's and Southey's Translations of Michelangelo, 1805-6’, Modern Language Notes, 132.1 (2017), 68-75.
  • ‘Sweetness and Light’ from Swift to Arnold’, Review of English Studies, 68.283 (2017), 99-122. 
  • Nature's Motto: Wordsworth and the Macmillans’, Notes and Queries, 62.3 (2015), 430-35.
  • Review essay: ‘Mark L. Reed, A Bibliography of William Wordsworth 1787-1930, 2 vols. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)’, The Book Collector, 63.4 (2014), 653-57.
  • ‘Coleridge’s Parentheses and the Question of Editing’Essays in Criticism, 64.4 (2014), 373-93.
  • ‘Coleridge, Nitric Acid and the Spectre of Syphilis’, Romanticism, 20.3 (2014), 282-93.
  • ‘Did the Wordsworths Own a Telescope?’, Notes and Queries, 258.2 (2013), 232-35.
  • ‘Coleridge’s Reading of Two Translations of Galileo's Dialogue Concerning The Two Chief World Systems (1632)’, Notes and Queries, 258.2 (2013), 229-32.
  • ‘“Form One Consciousness”: Coleridge, Wordsworth, Milton and the Origins of the “Optic Tube” in Poetry’, Notes and Queries, 258.2 (2013), 227-28.
  • ‘Coleridge's lost marginalia to Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (November 1803-May 1809)’, The Book Collector, 62.2 (2013), 241-53.
  • ‘“The Telescope of the church”: Coleridge, Astronomy, and Religion’, The Coleridge Bulletin, 39.2 (2012), 37-47.
  • ‘Coleridge's Marginal Annotations to Robert Percival's An Account of the Island of Ceylon... (1803)’, Notes and Queries, 59.3 (2012), 373-75.
  • ‘Astronomy at Stowey: The Wordsworths and Coleridge’, The Wordsworth Circle, 43.1 (2012), 25-29.
  • ‘Wordsworth and G.E. Papendiek (1788-1835)’, Notes and Queries, 58.4 (2011), 540-42.
  • ‘Wordsworth, William Rowan Hamilton and Science in The Prelude’, The Wordsworth Circle, 42.2 (2011), 166-70.
  • ‘A Wordsworth Manuscript and a Little-Known Literary Connection’, Notes and Queries, 58.1 (2011), 74-75.
  • Wordsworth, Galignani, and the Aesthetics of Piracy’, The Library, 12.1 (2011), 23-36.