Dr Ross Wilson, Faculty of English




Biographical Information

Ross Wilson was born in Salford and brought up in north Manchester, where he attended Philips High School and Bury College. He was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and University College London before completing his doctorate at Cambridge in 2004. He held a Research Fellowship at Emmanuel (2004-7) and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in the Faculty of English, Cambridge (2007-9) before being appointed to a lectureship in Literature in the School of Literature, Drama, and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in 2009. He returned to Cambridge in 2013 as Lecturer in Criticism in the Faculty of English. He is co-editor of Romantic Circles Reviews & Receptions , held a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship in 2016/17 for work on a book provisionally entitled Critical Forms, a history and theory of the genres of criticism, and was in Michaelmas term 2015 the Crausaz Wordsworth Fellow in the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities.

Research Interests

The history, theory, and practice of literary criticism; British and European Romanticism; English poetry from 1750 to the present (especially Percy Shelley, John Clare, Robert Browning); 'animacy' in literary and art criticism; literature and theology; literature, politics, and ethics.

Areas of Graduate Supervision

I welcome enquiries concerning graduate supervision in the areas suggested by 'Research Interests' above. Examples of the topics of dissertations that I have supervised at doctoral level (not all at Cambridge) include: Walter Benjamin's literary criticism; the poetry of William Blake; contemporary siege literature; Adrian Stokes and lapidary aesthetics; Ludwig Wittgenstein and the philosophy of translation. I have supervised dissertations on a still wider range of topics at M.Phil. level.

Selected Publications

Shelley and the Apprehension of Life (Cambridge University Press, 2013). ix + 225 pp.

Editor, The Meaning of 'Life' in Romantic Poetry and Poetics (New York: Routledge, 2009). vii + 197 pp.

Theodor Adorno, Routledge Critical Thinkers (London: Routledge, 2007). xiii + 141 pp.

Subjective Universality in Kant’s Aesthetics(Oxford: Lang, 2007). 236 pp.

Articles and chapters in books

'Hegel and the Matter of Poetry', Textual Practice, online 21 October 2016

'Reading Habits', Thinking Verse, 'A la recherche: Essay for Clive Scott', special issue of Thinking Verse, 4:2 (2014)

‘Browning’s Balancing Acts’, in The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Poetry, ed. by Matthew Bevis (Oxford University Press, 2013), pp.437-50

‘The Beautiful and the Sublime’, in The Oxford Handbook of Theology and Modern European Thought, ed. by Nick Adams, George Pattison, and Graham Ward (Oxford University Press, 2013), pp.419-34

‘Clare’s Indistinct Array’, Romanticism, 17 (2011), 148-59.

‘Shelley’s Sounds of Air’, Thinking Verse, 1 (2011)

‘Voluptuousness and Asceticism in Adorno’, in ‘Writing Pleasure Now’, special issue of German Life and Letters, ed. by Lucia Ruprecht and Michael Minden, 62 (2009), 270-83

‘Robert Browning’s Compounds’, Literature Compass, 6 (2009), 524-31

‘Introduction’, in The Meaning of ‘Life’ in Romantic Poetry and Poetics (see above under ‘Books’), pp.1-12

‘Poetry as Reanimation in Shelley’, in The Meaning of ‘Life’ in Romantic Poetry and Poetics (see above under ‘Books’), pp.125-145

‘Dialectical Aesthetics and the Kantian Rettung: On Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory’, New German Critique, 104 (2008), 55-69

‘Coleridge’s German “Absolutism”’, in Coleridge’s Afterlives, ed. by James Vigus and Jane Wright (Houndmills: Palgrave, 2008), pp.171-87

‘Aesthetics’, in Adorno: Key Concepts, ed. by Deborah Cook (Stocksfield: Acumen, 2008), pp.147-60

‘Coleridge and the Life of Language’, Coleridge Bulletin, n.s. 27 (2006), 38-44

Encyclopaedia and dictionary entries

‘New Critical Theory’, in Michael Ryan (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory, Blackwell Publishing, 2011. Blackwell Reference Online. http://www.blackwellreference.com/public/book?id=g9781405183123_9781405183123 (accessed 8 October 2011)

Occasional writing, etc.

'Is the Bible Literature?' (text and audio), Trinity College Chapel, Twentieth Sunday after Trinity (9 October) 2016

'Lords and Sizars' [on Lord Byron at Trinity], 'Scenes from Student Life', BBC Radio 4, 22 April 2016

'Do Rave Reviews Count as Literary Criticism?' New Statesman, 12 October 2015

35 Reviews for the TLS, Review of English Studies, Textual Practice, Radical Philosophy, Keats-Shelley Journal, etc.