Oliver Goldstein, Trinity Hall

Degree: PhD
Course: CC
Supervisor: Dr Ewan Jones
Dissertation Title: Radical conservatism and poetic form

Biographical Information

I studied for my undergraduate degree at Trinity Hall, and took my MPhil at Robinson. I'm now back at Trinity Hall for my PhD, which seeks to give an account of "radical conservatism" via the writing of Thomas Carlyle in nineteenth century verse. I'm currently writing a chapter on Charles Doughty's six-volume epic, The Dawn in Britain. Writers of particular importance to my project include: Carlyle; John Ruskin; William Morris; Tennyson; Elizabeth Barrett Browning; Lionel Johnson; Doughty; Mina Loy. I'm the recipient of a month-long research fellowship at the Huntingon Library in California for 2018-19. 

I have worked since 2012 as a boxing writer in a variety of media. In recent years, my writing has appeared in The Sunday Times, Boxing News, Boxing Monthly, and Inside HBO Boxing. I've also worked as a script writer on two boxing documentary series for Showtime/CBS, in 2013 and more recently in 2017, the former of which was the recipient of a 2014 Emmy Award. 

Research Interests

Verse form; aesthetics; nineteenth-century political thought; Jewish history; the novels of J. M. Coetzee

Areas of Supervision

Practical criticism; history of literary criticism; lyric; literature from 1830 to the present 

Selected Publications

‘A Muse in Tatters: Hardy’s Poems and Ballads’, Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies (Fall, 2017), 129-44

Four poems, in Hotel #4