|Lecturer in Literature||
Ross dot M dot Wilson at uea dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)1603 59 2971
I was born in Salford and brought up in Manchester. I gained my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cambridge in 2000 and my Master’s from University College London in 2001. In 2004 I graduated with a PhD, entitled ‘Subjective Universality in Kant’s Aesthetics’, from the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge. Subsequently, I held a Research Fellowship at Emmanuel College, Cambridge from 2004-7, before securing a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, again at the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, which I held from 2007 until my arrival at UEA in 2009. My PhD was published in 2007. I have also written a book on the work of the German thinker Theodor Adorno and edited a volume on the understanding of ‘life’ in Romantic poetry and poetics. I am currently writing a monograph entitled Shelley and the Apprehension of Life which concerns the opposition in Percy Shelley’s work between the mere fact of life and emphatically being alive, and the consequences of this opposition for his poetry and poetics.
B.A. (Hons) in English, University of Cambridge (2000)
M.A. in Issues in Modern Culture, Faculty of English, University College London (2001)
PhD, University of Cambridge (2004)
My main research interests are in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century poetry, British and European Romanticism, philosophical aesthetics, and literary theory (especially poetics). I have published on the work of Percy Shelley, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Clare, and Robert Browning, and also Immanuel Kant and Theodor Adorno. I am currently writing a book about the poetry and poetics of Percy Shelley, as well as articles on the poetry of Robert Browning (for The Oxford Handbook to Victorian Poetry) and theology, beauty, and modern thought (for The Oxford Handbook to Theology and Modern Thought). Planned research projects also include essays on the following topics: ‘justification’ and ‘proof’ in Walter Benjamin’s literary criticism; the idea of consumption in William Blake; and ‘grammetrics’ in the work of the contemporary poet Giles Goodland.
For full details of my publications, please see my ‘Publications’ tab above.
I am happy to hear from students wishing to undertake doctoral research in any of the areas of my research interests (listed above).
I teach modules on British and European Literature from the eighteenth century to the present, and on the history, theory, and practice of literary criticism. I am also involved in the development of a new MA/MSc programme in Environmental Science and Humanities, which will be a major innovation in interdisciplinary collaboration between the sciences and humanities. In particular, I have had oversight of the development of a compulsory module, ‘Evaluating Nature’, for the programme, and I am scheduled to be the organiser of this module once the MA/MSc is up and running. Details of this MA/MSc programme will be made available shortly.
Wilson, Ross (2011) Clare's Indistinct Array. Romanticism, 17. pp. 148-59. ISSN 1354-991X
Wilson, Ross (2010) Shelley's Sounds of Air. Thinking Verse, 1.
Wilson, Ross (2009) Voluptuousness and Asceticism in Adorno. 'Writing Pleasure Now', special edition of German Life and Letters, 62 (3). pp. 270-83.
Wilson, Ross (2009) Robert Browning’s Compounds. Literature Compass, 6(2). pp. 524-31.
Wilson, Ross (2008) Dialectical Aesthetics and the Kantian Rettung: On Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory. New German Critique, 104. pp. 55-69.
Wilson, Ross (2006) Coleridge and the Life of Language. Coleridge Bulletin, 27. pp. 38-44.
Wilson, Ross (2013) Browning's Balancing Acts. In: The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Poetry. Oxford University Press, Oxford. (In Press)
Wilson, Ross (2013) Beauty and Sublimity. In: The Oxford Handbook of Theology and Modern Thought. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 397-412. (In Press)
Wilson, Ross (2011) New Critical Theory. In: The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory. Blackwell. ISBN 9781405183123
Wilson, Ross (2009) Introduction. In: The Meaning of 'Life' in Romantic Poetry and Poetics. Routledge Studies in Romanticism . Routledge, New York, pp. 1-12. ISBN 9780415956680
Wilson, Ross (2009) Poetry as Reanimation in Shelley. In: The Meaning of 'Life' in Romantic Poetry and Poetics. Routledge Studies in Romanticism . Routledge, New York, pp. 125-145. ISBN 9780415956680
Wilson, Ross (2008) Coleridge’s German “Absolutism". In: Coleridge’s Afterlives. Palgrave, Houndmills, pp. 171-87.
Wilson, Ross (2008) Aesthetics. In: Adorno: Key Concepts. Acumen , Stocksfield, pp. 147-60. ISBN 9781844651207
Wilson, Ross Browning. In: The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Poetry. Oxford University Press, Oxford. (In Press)
Wilson, Ross The Sublime and the Beautiful. In: The Oxford Handbook of Theology and Modern European Thought. Oxford University Press, Oxford. (In Press)
Wilson, Ross (2013) Shelley and the Apprehension of Life. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. (In Press)
Wilson, Ross, ed. (2009) The Meaning of 'Life' in Romantic Poetry and Poetics. Routledge Studies in Romanticism . Routledge, New York.
Wilson, Ross (2007) Theodor Adorno. Routledge Critical Thinkers . Routledge, London.
Wilson, Ross (2007) Subjective Universality in Kant's Aesthetics. Lang, Oxford.
I have been the Director of Teaching for the School of Literature and Creative Writing since January 2010. I convene the School’s Teaching Committee and am a member of its Executive, Promotions, and Staff-Student Liaison Committees.
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