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 am happy to supervise graduate work in any of my main research areas including the 'long' nineteenth century (particularly Wordsworth and Hardy); literary theory and the relations of literary and philosophical writing.


John Hughes's main research interests have always been in bringing together literary readings and philosophical or theoretical reflections in relation to the affective dimensions of literary texts. His recent research has centred on ideas of expression, individuation and voice, and draws on themes in the work of Stanley Cavell, but also Gilles Deleuze. These preoccupations inform his work on Wordsworth's sensibility, on metre and intonation in Hardy's poetry, and on Bob Dylan.


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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