Fergus McGhee, Trinity

Course: 1830-PD
Supervisor: Dr Ewan Jones
Dissertation Title:

Robert Browning's poetics of work and play


Biographical Information

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.

Research Interests

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.

Selected Publications

  • 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.