Chris Jones


  • KY16 9AL

    United Kingdom

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Research overview

Chris Jones has wide research interests in English-language poetry, especially that of the Middle Ages and its reception in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has written on Beowulf as well as on Old and Early Middle English poetry more generally, the 'earliest surviving poem' in Scots, Tennyson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, William Morris, Ezra Pound, W. H. Auden, W. S. Graham, Edwin Morgan, Seamus Heaney and Basil Bunting. Chris is interested in reception, influence and poetic technique and also works on the phenomenon of Medievalism: the reception and adaptation of the Middle Ages in the post-medieval world. Chris is a commissioning co-editor for Boydell & Brewer's Book Series 'Medievalism', and co-editor of The Middle Ages in the Modern World (OUP, 2017).

His monograph Strange Likeness: the Use of Old English in Twentieth-century Poetry (OUP, 2006) was shortlisted for the ESSE best book prize of 2007 (reviews). His most recent monograph is Fossil Poetry: Anglo-Saxon and Linguistic Nativism in Nineteenth-century Poetry (OUP, 2018) (reviews). He has been awarded research grants and Fellowships for his work from the AHRC (2006), The Leverhulme Trust (2007), The Carnegie Trust (2009), The Australian Academy of the Humanities (2009), The Royal Society of Edinburgh (2011), and The British Academy (2013). In 2013 he was elected a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy of Scotland. He has appeared on BBC Radio on several occasions to talk about medieval poetry, including a discussion with Melvyn Bragg of The Ruthwell Cross Poem, which was selected as BBC's 'Pick of the Week'. He was co-writer and contributor on an award-winning iPad app version of Seamus Heaney's translations of the Scottish poet Robert Henryson's Fables (also broadcast on BBC). Chris has also written for the Guardian, on the occasion of Tony Blair's resignation from office, for the RSE on whether ISIS is 'medieval', and for the Times Higher Education on the arts of foraging. Chris is a Fellow of the English Association.

Research interests

Poetry of all periods, but particularly in Old English and modernism. Interested in source study, influence, intertextuality, adaptations and versions, poetics, metre, technique, materiality of language and texts.

Other expertise

Medievalism: the reception and adaptation of medieval literature in the post-medieval world.

Academic/Professional Qualification

BA, King's College London; MA, Old English and Old Norse, Queen's University of Belfast; PhD, University of St Andrews; Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland (TOEBI)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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