Dr Ewan Jones, Downing




Biographical Information

I am Associate Professor in the Nineteenth Century at the Faculty of English, and a fellow and Director of Studies for Part II at Downing. I completed my BA, MPhil and PhD at King's College, Cambridge, and was previously Thole Research Fellow at Trinity Hall. I teach for Part I, Papers I (Practical Criticism and Critical Practice), 6 (English Literature and its Contexts 1660-1870) and 7a (English Literature and its Contexts 1830-1945); and for Part II, Papers 9 (Lyric), 10 (1847–1872), 15 (The English Moralists) and 16 (The History and Theory of Literary Criticism). I supervise dissertations in the above areas.

I am currently at work on three separate projects. The first of these takes the form of a second book that traces the development of the concept of rhythm across the nineteenth century; portions of this work have appeared in Representations and ELH. I am also a member of the Concept Lab, based at the Centre for Digital Knowledge at CRASSH, which seeks to develop new computational resources so as to uncover and account for the structure and change of concepts over long historical periods. Finally, I am presently collaborating with Phyllis Weliver on a project to digitise manuscripts relating to Alfred Lord Tennyson; in making them available to a wider public, we hope to demonstrate overlooked relations between poetry, visual culture and music. 

I have been a Fulbright Scholar, and residential fellow at the Swedish Collegium of Advanced Study. In the academic year 2021/22, I will take up a Leverhulme Research Fellowship on the topic of 'Close Reading as Attentional Practice'. 

Research Interests

Verse form; aesthetics; psychoanalysis; history and philsophy of science; computation and digital culture.

Areas of Graduate Supervision

I supervise for the MPhils in Modern and Contemporary Literature, Criticism and Culture, and 18th Century and Romantic Studies. I presently supervise doctoral work on themes that include: 'radical conservatism' in Victorian poetry; queer theory and historical poetics; the reception of Wagner in Anglophone poetry; morphogenetic conceptions of form; metre and exact measurement. I welcome enquiries from prospective graduate students whose work intersects with any of my research interests. 

Selected Publications


  • Jones, E., Coleridge and the Philosophy of Poetic Form (Cambridge University Press, 2014; paperback 2017).


  • Jones, E., 'Coleridge's Metres', forthcoming in The Cambridge Companion to Coleridge, ed. Tim Fulford.
  • Jones, E, 'Verse Arabesque', forthcoming in Victorian Poetry ('Poetry and the Victorian Visual Imagination: New Conversations' special issue, ed. Heather Bozant Witcher and Jill Ehnen). 
  • Jones, E., 'Tennyson, 1842, and the Ghost of Ballad', forthcoming in Victorian Poetry.
  • Jones, E., 'What is a Computational Emotion?', forthcoming in Studia Neophilologia ('Constructing Spaces through Practices, Bodies, and Literature' special issue, ed. N. Katherine Hayles and Sophia Ahlberg).
  • Jones, E., 'Four Oblique Pedagogical Strategies', forthcoming in Romantic Circles.
  • Jones, E., 'Computing Knowledge in Historical Corpora', forthcoming in Textométrie (Éditions de la Sorbonne).
  • Jones, E., 'Pretty Vacant: Shelley's Metrical Stops', The Wordsworth Circle, 52.1 (Winter 2021), 72–93 ('Metrical Movements' special issue, ed. Charles Mahoney). 
  • Jones, E., 'How to Learn, Together, Alone', Critical Inquiry, 47.S2 (Winter 2021), 123–126.
  • Jones, E., Recchia, G., Nulty, P., Regan, J., & de Bolla, P., 'The Idea of Liberty 1600-1800: A Distributional Concept Analysis', Journal of the History of Ideas, 83.3 (July 2020), 381-406.
  • Jones, E. and Weliver, P., 'The Tennysons' Princess, and the Performance of Childhood', in The Edinburgh Companion to Literature and Music, ed. Delia da Sousa Correa (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020), 462–475.
  • Healey R, Jones, E., Recchia, G., Nulty, P., Regan, J., ., & de Bolla, P., ‘The Uses of Genre: Is there an ‘Adam Smith Question?’, Representations 149 (Winter 2020), 73–102.
  • Jones, E. and Nulty, P, 'Quantitative Measures of Lexical Complexity in Modern Prose Fiction', Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, 34.4 (December 2019), 914–937.
  • de Bolla, P., Jones, E., Nulty, P., Recchia, G. and Regan, J., 'The Conceptual Foundations of the Modern Idea of Government in the British Eighteenth Century: A Distributional Concept Analysis'. International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity, 7 (September 2019).
  • Jones, E., Recchia, G., Nulty, P., Regan, J., & de Bolla, P., 'Distributional Concept Analysis: A Computational Model for parsing Conceptual Forms',  Contributions to the History of Concepts, 14.1 (Summer 2019), 66–92.
  • Jones, E., 'Rhythm and Affect in "Christabel"', Critical Rhythm, ed. Jonathan Culler and Ben Glaser (Fordham UP, 2019), 274–295.
  • Jones, E., ‘Thermodynamic Rhythm: The Poetics of Waste’, Representations, 144 (Fall 2018), 60–88.
  • Jones, E., 'The Sonic Organization of "Kubla Khan"', Studies in Romanticism, 57.2 (Summer 2018), 243–264.
  • Jones, E., Carlson J. & Ruderman, D., 'Romanticizing Historical Poetics' in Essays in Romanticism, 25.1 (2018), 1–9 ('Romanticizing Historical Poetics' special issue, ed. Julia S. Carlson, Ewan Jones and David B. Ruderman').
  • Jones, E., 'Wordsworth's Strenuous Indolence', in Essays in Romanticism, 25.1 (2018), 101–121 ('Romanticizing Historical Poetics' special issue, ed. Julia S. Carlson, Ewan Jones and David B. Ruderman').
  • Recchia, G., Jones, E., Nulty, P., Regan, J., & de Bolla, P., 'Tracing shifting conceptual vocabularies through time' in Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management: EKAW 2016 Satellite Events, EKM and Drift-an-LOD, Bologna, Italy, November 19–23, 2016, Revised Selected Papers, ed. P. Ciancarini, P. et al., 19–28.
  • Jones, E., 'Coventry Patmore's Corpus', ELH 83.3 (Fall 2016), 839–872.
  • Jones, E., '"Let the Rank Tongue Blossom": Browning's Stuttering', Victorian Poetry, 53.2 (Summer 2015), 103–132.
  • Jones, E., 'Split Lines in Shakespeare and Coleridge', Essays in Criticism, 65.4 (October 2015), 421–446.
  • Jones, E., 'John "Walking" Stewart, and the Ethics of Motion', Romanticism, 21.2 (July 2015), 119–131.
  • Jones, E., 'Lyric Explanation: Tennyson's Princesses', Thinking Verse, 4.1 (November 2014), 50–78. 
  • Jones, E., '"Earth Worm Wit Lies Underground": the Compositional Genesis of Coleridge's "Limbo" Constellation', Modern Philology, 110.4 (May 2013), 513–535.
  • Jones, E., '"Less Gross than Bodily": Materiality in the Conversation Poem Sequence', Review of English Studies, 64.264 (April 2013), 267–88.
  • Jones, E., 'Coleridge, Hyman Hurwitz and Hebrew Poetics', Coleridge Bulletin, Winter 2012, 59–68.


  • Jones E., 'Marjorie Levinson, Thinking Through Poetry: Field Reports on Romantic Lyric', forthcoming in Romanticism.
  • Jones, E., 'Joseph North, Literary Criticism: A Concise Political History', Review of English Studies, 70.294 (April 2019), 396–98.
  • Jones, E., 'Andrew Piper, Dreaming in Books: The Making of the Bibliographic Imagination', Nineteenth-Century Literature, 71.1 (June 2016), 132–36.
  • Jones, E., 'Chris Murray, Tragic Coleridge', Coleridge Bulletin, Winter 2015, 125–29.
  • Jones, E., 'Romantic Poetry: An Annotated Anthology, ed. Michael O'Neil and Charles Mahoney', Coleridge Bulletin, Summer 2014, 77–83. 
  • Jones, E., 'Tim Milnes, The Truth About Romanticism', Coleridge Bulletin, Summer 2012, 118–122.
  • Jones, E., 'Richard Holmes, The Age of Wonder'Coleridge Bulletin, Summer 2010, 106–111.
  • Jones, E., 'Noel Jackson, Science and Sensation in Romantic Poetry', Coleridge Bulletin, Winter 2009, 87–91.