Staff Profiles: Prof. John Hughes

Prof. John Hughes

Staff Profile: Prof. John Hughes
Professor of nineteenth-century literature

Prof. John Hughes

Prof. John Hughes

Professor of nineteenth-century literature

Literary and Critical Studies

I've always enjoyed running courses that allow students to address and develop their individual approaches. My teaching reflects the enthusiasms that got me into the study of literature including Thomas Hardy, William Wordsworth and even Bob Dylan.


I chose a career in academia because I always loved reading, but I also wanted to explore how to write and teach in ways that remained true to the kinds of responses and pleasures that readers have. I studied English and Philosophy as an undergraduate at Cardiff University, before moving to Jesus College at Oxford where I did my doctorate. I also trained as a secondary teacher, and worked for a while in educational publishing before beginning a career in lecturing.


Award Title Institution
BA English and Philosophy Cardiff University
MA English Literature Cardiff University
DPhil English Literature Jesus College Oxford
PGCE English Literature Jesus College Oxford

Teaching and research


I run the two main English Literature courses for first year students ('The Language of Literature' and 'The Short Story'), as well as two options in the final year ('Explorations in nineteenth-century literature' and 'Literary Theory').


Undergraduate, Postgraduate


Currently my research centres on writing about issues of versification and voice in the poetry of Thomas Hardy; the relations between Wordsworth's poetry and his early orphaning; the uses for literary theory of the work of Stanley Cavell; and the work of Bob Dylan.


More publications from Prof. John Hughes can be found in the Research Repository.

Thesis Supervision

External responsibilities

In recent years I have acted as a referee for many publishers and academic journals, including Oxford University Press, The Thomas Hardy Review, Routledge and The Explicator.

Subjects for media interviews

Nineteenth-century and Romantic literature

Literature and philosophy

Bob Dylan

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