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Prof John Hughes

Professor of 19th Century Literature

Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature Chevron icon


John completed his undergraduate degree at Cardiff, and his doctorate at Oxford, and has always taught and researched in the areas of Romantic and nineteenth-century literature, working particularly on William Wordsworth and Thomas Hardy. His work explores the links between literature and philosophy, and issues of voice in literature, particularly metre in poetry. More recently, he has also written on Bob Dylan.


  • BA: English and Philosophy, Cardiff University, *
  • MA: English Literature, Cardiff University, *
  • DPhil, English Literature, Jesus College Oxford, *
  • PGCE: English Literature, Jesus College Oxford, *

Teaching & Research


I have taught at every level of the curriculum, in English Literature, but also philosophy, and have specialised in Romantic and Nineteenth-Century Literature and Literary Theory, as well as in a range of first year work which I have always enjoyed.


John's research includes five books, two on Thomas Hardy ('Ecstatic Sound': Music and Individuality in the Work of Thomas Hardy, 2001, and The Expression of Things, 2017), two on nineteenth-century literature (Lines of Flight, 1996 and Affective Worlds, 2011), and a book on Bob Dylan, Invisible Now (2013).


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

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.

Subject for media interview

Nineteenth-century and Romantic literature

Literature and philosophy

Bob Dylan