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Professor Julian Wolfreys


My research ranges across the long nineteenth century and English modernism, with particular interests in inter- and transdisciplinary approaches, while also being informed by continental philosophy from Kant to the present day, and with a particular philosophical interest in phenomenology. I have published on Romanticism, Victorian literature, Modernism and postmodern literature and culture. I have particular interests in questions of identity and subjectivity, the politics and poetics of urban representation, the rural subject in English culture, perception in literature, and the relationship between language, music and that which cannot be expressed directly. 

Most recently I have published on Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy. I am currently working on four books, a study of Victorian poetry and the influence of German Romanticism, a phenomenology of loss, the relationship between subjectivity and loss in the context of Englishness, from John Clare to Virginia Woolf, and the question of place and dwelling in novels of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, from the perspective of the concept of "dwelling."


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