Biography

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I joined UEA in 2014, having spent a year as an Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellow at Trinity College, Dublin. I completed my PhD at Stanford University and I did my BA, BA (Hons), and MA at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. 

My forthcoming book Anecdotes of Enlightenment from Locke to Wordsworth (The University of Virginia Press, 2018) studies the role anecdotes play in eighteenth-century and romantic literature and philosophy. I'm also editing the works of the Norfolk clergyman Jermyn Pratt for the Norfolk Record Society. My work appears in the journals Eighteenth-Century LifeEighteenth-Century FictionEighteenth-Century Ireland, and the new Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics.

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Wood, J. R.

(2017)

Peter Bell's Founding Anecdote,

in Notes and Queries

64.

pp. 97-99

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Wood, J.

(2015)

William Molyneux and the Politics of Friendship,

in Eighteenth-Century Ireland

30.

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Wood, J.

(2014)

Richardson's Hands,

in Eighteenth-Century Fiction

26.

pp. 331-353

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Wood, J.

(2014)

Mr. Spectator's Anecdotes and the Science of Human Nature,

in Eighteenth-Century Life

38.

pp. 63-92

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Wood, J.

(2013)

Jack Ketch in Dryden's 'A Discourse Concerning Satire',

in The Explicator

71.

pp. 60-64

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Wood, J.

(2012)

Anecdote,

in Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics.

Princeton University Press

ISBN 9780691154916

(Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary)

(Published)


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Wood, J.

(2017)

Four Ways of Telling Anecdotes about the Endeavour,

in Scénographie du voyage et imaginaire viatique (XVIe-XVIIIe siècles).

Éditions Hermann

ISBN 9782705694678

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Wood, J. R.

(2017)

Peter Bell's Founding Anecdote,

in Notes and Queries

64

(1)

pp. 97-99

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Donaldson, C., Wood, J.

(2015)

Literature 1780–1830: The Romantic Period: Poetry,

in The Year's Work in English Studies

92

(1)

pp. 538-646

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(Book/Film/Article review)

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Wood, J.

(2015)

William Molyneux and the Politics of Friendship,

in Eighteenth-Century Ireland

30

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Wood, J.

(2014)

Richardson's Hands,

in Eighteenth-Century Fiction

26

(3)

pp. 331-353

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Wood, J.

(2014)

Mr. Spectator's Anecdotes and the Science of Human Nature,

in Eighteenth-Century Life

38

(1)

pp. 63-92

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Wood, J.

(2013)

Doing Things With Acts,

in Criticism

55

(3)

article no. 8

(Book/Film/Article review)

(Published)


Wood, J. R.

(2013)

Eighteenth-Century Thought, vol. 4. Edited by James G. Buickerood. New York: AMS Press. 2009. 410 p. $137.50 (hb). ISBN: 0-404-63764-7,

in Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies

36

(2)

pp. 314-315

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(Book/Film/Article review)

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Wood, J.

(2013)

Jack Ketch in Dryden's 'A Discourse Concerning Satire',

in The Explicator

71

(1)

pp. 60-64

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Wood, J.

(2013)

"Adapting King Lear for the Stage" by Lynne Bradley,

in Early Modern Studies Journal

5

pp. 97-98

(Book/Film/Article review)

(Published)


Vyroubalova, E., Wood, J. R.

(2012)

Propping up the King's Two Bodies in Richard II,

in Early Modern Studies Journal

4

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Wood, J.

(2012)

Anecdote,

in Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics.

Princeton University Press

ISBN 9780691154916

(Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary)

(Published)


Key Research Interests

I work on eighteenth-century and romantic literature, with a focus on the connections between literature and sociability. I am interested in how literary forms represent social life and in how literary forms themselves become agents in social interaction.

My first book Anecdotes of Enlightenment explores the role conversational anecdotes play in the literature and philosophy of the Enlightenment. In my second book Friendship and the Anglo-Irish Writer, 1680-1750 I am investigating how Irish Protestant writers in the eighteenth-century use the idea and practice of friendship to redefine their relationship with England.

Other interests of mine include moral philosophy, travel literature, and genre theory. I also maintain a strong interest in New Zealand and Pacific literature. I would welcome proposals for PhD dissertations on any aspect of the "long" eighteenth-century. 

Teaching Interests

Reading Texts I

Reading Texts II

Eighteenth-Century Writing

Eighteenth-Century Voyage Literature