Professor John Woolford

Honorary Research Fellow

Room 5.13, Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA

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After graduating from Christ's College, Cambridge, in 1967, I held a Junior Research Fellowship at King's College, Cambridge (1969-1973) before going on to become Leathersellers' Fellow and Director of Studies in English at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (1974-81).

In 1981, I moved to a Lectureship at King's College, London, where I was awarded a Readership in 1992.

In 1999, I moved to Manchester as Professor of Nineteenth Century Literature and Culture and was appointed to a Research Chair at Sheffield in 2006.

I have held visiting appointments at the Universities of Virginia (1986), Hong Kong (1996) and Baylor (2006).

Research Interests

My research interests centre upon 19th century poetry, principally the poetry of Browning, which I am in the process of editing with Danny Karlin and Joe Phelan, though I have also published on Wordsworth, Keats, Tennyson, Arnold and Ezra Pound.

Recently, my focus has been on the poetics of the 19th century grotesque, which has led me to engage with the 'Sensation fiction' of the 1860s, especially the work of Wilkie Collins.

My involvement with the Longman Annotated English Poets edition of the poetry of Robert Browning dates back to 1973, when I was commissioned to work on Browning by the then General Editor of the series, Freddy Bateson. In 1991 volumes i & ii appeared, edited by me and Danny Karlin. Volume iii, published 2007, adds Joe Phelan to the editorial team. We have completed a selection of poems from vols i-iii, together with some from the future volume iv (published 2009). This will be followed by vols iv-v of the edition itself, taking us to The Ring and the Book (1868-9).

My other Browning-related publications include Browning the Revisionary (Macmillan 1988); Robert Browning (Longman 1996; with Danny Karlin); a collection of essays entitled Robert Browning in Contexts (1998) and a recent minigraph, Robert Browning, in the Writers and their Work series (2007). I was (with Danny Karlin) editor of Browning Society Notes from 1978-82. I was principal editor of the Browning section of vol. iv of the New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature (2000).

Other publications include essays on Victorian periodicals, Wordsworth, Keats, Tennyson, Matthew Arnold, and Wilkie Collins and an edited collection of essays (with Mariaconcetta Costantini), Nineteenth Century Landscapes.