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Dr Jane WrightMA (Leeds), PhD (Cantab)

Senior Lecturer

Jane Wright

Dr Jane WrightMA (Leeds), PhD (Cantab)

Senior Lecturer

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Research interests

Jane's research interests span the nineteenth century but focus on Victorian literature, and especially poetry. She has a long-standing interest in the literary fortunes of sincerity in Victorian poetry and poetics, and has published work in this area on authors including Coleridge, Carlyle, Tennyson, Browning, Hopkins, and Wilde. She is completing a book, provisionally called Sincere Means: Victorian Poetry, Literary Method, and Trust.

With James Vigus (QMUL), she has co-edited a collection of essays on Coleridge’s Afterlives, and she has recently begun work on a new edited collection: The Victorian Renaissance.

Alongside this, Jane is working on two related books. The first is an anthology of poems about bees, with an introduction explaining the literary associations of bees and their products through the ages. The second, building on work for the anthology, will become her next monograph, Poetry and Honey. Thinking towards this includes recent articles on 'Browning's Honeycomb', 'The Princess and the Bee', and 'Tennyson's Bees', and three talks on Tennyson (delivered at York, Clevedon, and Lincoln).

Jane is happy to supervise postgraduate work on most aspects of nineteenth-century poetry, and the following authors in particular: S. T. Coleridge, Jane Austen, Thomas Carlyle, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Alfred Tennyson, Robert Browning, George Eliot, Arthur Hugh Clough, Matthew Arnold, C. G. Rossetti, A. C. Swinburne, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Michael Field.

Contact details

Room 2.15, 3-5 Woodland Rd.   Tel: +44(0)117 92 89196.   Email:


Jane has taught literature, from 1550 to the present, across a wide range of units. She is currently teaching or lecturing for:

  • Victorian Materialities (level 3 / MA)
  • Victorian Fiction: Art and Ideas in the Marketplace (level 3)
  • Approaches to Poetry (level 1)
  • Victorian Literature and Place (MA)
  • Animal Planet: Humans and Other Animals in Modernity (MA)

In 2008, she received the Bristol Faculty of Arts 'Rising Star Award' for excellence in teaching, and in 2010 she was student-nominated a 'Best of Bristol' lecturer. In 2017, she was nominated in the Outstanding Teaching category of the student-led Bristol Teaching Awards.

Academic service

Since 2006, Jane has served on many committees, panels, and working parties at Department, School, Faculty, and University levels. She has convened units in the English Department, served as Department Library Officer and Web Officer, and coordinated the English Department Research Seminar. She has also served in the following roles:

  • 2015-2017 - Deputy Head of School and Education Director (Humanities)
  • 2012-2014 - Director of Exams (English)
  • 2010-2012 - Tutor for Admissions (English)

Jane is currently a member of the Committees for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity, in the School of Humanities and the Faculty of Arts.

Other activities

  • Since 2016: Co-founder and member of the Arts Research Cluster 'Global Feminisms' (please see link at top of page).
  • Since 2014: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • Since 2012: member of the Council for the Defence of British Universities (CDBU).
  • Since 2002: member of the Editorial Board of The Tennyson Research Bulletin (Reviews Editor 2004 - 2010). You can find out about The Tennyson Society here.

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Postal address:
3-5 Woodland Road
United Kingdom

Selected research outputs

  1. Published

    Tennyson's Bees

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Published

    The Princess and the Bee

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Published

    Hopkins's Dividing Errors

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  4. Published

    Browning's Honeycomb

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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