Timothy Anderson, St John's

Degree: PhD
Course: CC
Supervisor: Dr Ewan Jones
Dissertation Title: Interpretations of Richard Wagner's Musikdrama in English-Language Poetics (1848-1924)

Biographical Information

I studied Philosophy and English Literature at the University of East Anglia before coming to Cambridge for the MPhil in Criticism and Culture and my ongoing PhD.

In 2019-20, I was a Baden-Württemberg scholar at Heidelberg University, taking part in an exchange organised by St. John's College.

Research Interests

I'm researching Richard Wagner's influence on English language poetry of the nineteenth century. I'm especially interested in the ways that nineteenth century poets, translators, critics and fans articulated their confidence (and sometimes their doubt) that Wagner's music and poems could stimulate social and cultural change. I'm also considering why Wagner appealed to critics of racism and empire in the nineteenth century.

My research takes in English and German poetry and poetics, translation studies, questions about literature as a profession, and thinking about race. I'm looking closely at Edmund Gurney, Vernon Lee, George Bernard Shaw, A . C. Swinburne, Alfred Forman, Alma Murray, Arthur Farwell, and W. E. B. Du Bois.

Areas of Supervision

I supervise for the Practical Criticism and Lyric papers. I supervise dissertations about nineteenth and twentieth century poetry.

Selected Publications

'Edmund Gurney's evolutionary anti-Wagnerism'Textual Practice, 03 March 2020.

'There's Something about Murray: Victorian Literary Societies and Alfred Forman's Translation of Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen', Modern Language Quarterly, 82.3 (forthcoming, 2021).