Fergus McGhee, Trinity
Supervisor: Dr Ewan Jones
Robert Browning's poetics of work and play
I read Theology at Cambridge before working in the City for a couple of years. With the help of a generous scholarship I was able to read for a second BA in English at Oxford, where I was awarded the Gibbs Prize for best overall performance in final examinations. My MPhil is supported by an AHRC Studentship.
Romantic and Victorian poetry; nineteenth-century literary and art criticism; the Victorian reception of the Renaissance; Victorian notions of work and play; ideas of poetic difficulty; literature and theology; verse form.
Authors I am particularly interested in include the Brownings, Clough, Hopkins, Meredith, Pater, Ruskin, Swinburne, Tennyson, Wordsworth and Shelley.
Review of Cecil Dreeme: A Novel by Theodore Winthrop, Times Literary Supplement 5949, 7 April 2017, p. 31
‘A Venice Collection’, The Book Collector 65.3 (Autumn 2016), pp. 457-64
- Various essays and reviews for The Oxonian Review, which I edited in 2015.