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Summary: 19thc literature and culture; John Ruskin; A.C. Swinburne; conceptions of literary 'life'; Modernism; Venice; mental health and writing/reading; textual editing; poetry of all periods.
Location: 5 Cavendish Road
Professor Francis O'Gorman MA, DPhil (Oxford), FRHistS
Research and Writing Interests
My principal research and writing interests are in English literature including John Ruskin and Algernon Charles Swinburne; nineteenth and twentieth-century poetry; conceptions of literary 'life'; Venice; textual editing; biography; manuscripts; poetry of all periods. I am also developing a career as a writer of creative non-fiction.
Recent books are:
1. My edited collection of essays, The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Culture, was published in 2010.
3. My edition of John Ruskin's Praeterita for Oxford University Press, published in May 2012 and described by the Times Literary Supplement as 'exemplary'.
4. My edition of Margaret Oliphant's The Makers of Venice for Pickering & Chatto, published in June 2012.
5. My edition of Elizabeth Gaskell's Sylvia's Lovers (Oxford University Press, 2014). The surviving manuscript of this novel is in Special Collections, Brotherton Library.
My other books are listed below.
My current and recently completed projects are:
1. A substantial new edition of the selected plays, prose, poetry, and fiction of Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909), for Oxford University Press (now with the Press), General Editor: Seamus Perry;
2. A substantial new edition, edited with Katherine Mullin, of Anthony Trollope's Framley Parsonage for Oxford University Press. This is due in November 2014.
3. The Cambridge Companion to John Ruskin, edited by Francis O'Gorman (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015);
4. Volume 5 of the Oxford University Press Selected Prose of Edward Thomas (General Editors Guy Cuthbertson and Lucy Newlyn), which includes his literary critical studies Algernon Charles Swinburne: A Critical Study (1912) and Walter Pater: A Critical Study (1913). This is due for delivery in 2016.
5. I have just completed the period as PI on an AHRC-funded research network entitled Victorian Lives and Letters Consortium, which is leading the development of digital curation and editing in 19thc literary and historical studies. The Co-I was Dr Marion Thain, New York University. This grant culminated in an international colloquium on digital curation in June 2014. The current activity of the VLLC ,which is wider than this single grant--is currently centred on the the diary journals of John Ruskin, and those of Michael Field, together with the political and private correspondence of W.E. Gladstone. The VLLC more broadly defined involves colleagues from St Joseph's University Philadelphia, Western Carolina University, Center for Digital Humanities University of South Carolina, the British Library, the Ruskin Library University of Lancaster, as well as other major international collaborators.
6. Worrying: A Literary and Cultural History (New York: Bloomsbury, 2015)--this work of creative non-fiction is now with my publisher and scheduled for publication on 2 July 2015. This book is represented in the United States by my agent, Stacey Glick of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, One Union Square West, New York.
7. I have just completed a second volume, entitled Forgetfulness: Remembered Histories. Interweaving personal with cultural histories, this study of forgetfulness is an inventive account of a little-discussed but enormous problem. Exploring the narratives of reconstructed lives, of shattered memories and destroyed cities, Forgetfulness assembles a sequence of variations on a theme that tell, directly or obliquely, elements of the authors own surprising history. He writes about the testimony of restored buildings, of the survival of existence through fragments and the precariousness of anything that has clung on through time. Musing on a forgetful readers strange relationship with books that dont stay in the mind, Forgetfulness contemplates the history of damnation and the nature of Purgatory; it ruminates on painful personal scenes and secrets that need to be forgotten or which require the past to be remembered differently; it retells the medical histories of those whose minds have been damaged; and returns over and again to J.S. Bachs Goldberg Variations as a work of remembering and of seeing afresh what had been forgotten. Forgetfulness imaginatively places the authors own persistent and sometimes panicked forgetfulness among strands of the histories of loss. Considering a bracing view of modern life as a culture of amnesia, where forgetting is peculiarly installed in the ways we live and die, Forgetfulness is part cultural and literary history, part travel narrative, part private revelation, part humane reflection on what we are doing to ourselves, and part a salute to the precious things that stay in the mind despite dissolution.
Other recent information includes:
In the summer of 2013 I was an elected Visiting Scholar of St John's College Oxford, working on my Swinburne edition.
I am currently (2013-15) an external examiner for the University of Cambridge (English BA, Tripos Part II). I have recently served as external examiner for the University of Oxford (BA) and the University of York (MA) as well, prior to that, at the Universities of Hull (BA) and Lancaster (MA).
Recently, I have externally examined doctoral theses in the Universities of Oxford, Birmingham, St Andrews, Lancaster, Cambridge, Queen Mary London, King's College London, Reading, and Edith Cowan University Western Australia.
I have written widely on the defence of the arts and humanities in the modern English university and am a regular lecturer, reviewer, and plenary speaker on both nineteenth-century literature and the condition of the modern university.
I was an advisory editor (for Victorian poetry) for The Oxford Companion to English Literature, edited by Dinah Birch (2009) and am a Companion of the Guild of St George (the organization that Ruskin set up in the mid-1870s and which still exists for educational purposes). I am a Visiting Professor at the Ruskin Centre of the University of Lancaster and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. I currently serve on the editorial boards of the Journal of Victorian Culture , Worldviews, Carlyle Studies Annual, and the Ruskin Review and Bulletin and read proposals and mss for a wide variety of presses and periodicals in Europe and US.
I am on academic research leave during this period.
I was Tutor for Undergraduate Admissions in the School of English, 2000-2; Director of Learning and Teaching in the School of English, 2003-5; Director of the Leeds Humanities Research Institute, 2006-7; Head of the School of English, 1 June 2007-31 July 2011.
I have supervised and externally examined widely. Recent PhD students working with me at Leeds have written or are writing on topics including the novels of Mary Webb; bio-fiction about the Brontës between the two world wars; Ernest Jones and Chartist Poetry; Jerome K. Jerome and the work of parody; 'mysticism' in Victorian poetry; Emily Brontë; ancient Egypt in the late nineteenth century.
PUBLICATIONS (a complete list may be supplied on request)
1. John Ruskin (Stroud: Sutton 1999), ISBN 0750921420, pp.xiii, 114
2. Late Ruskin: New Contexts, The Nineteenth-Century Series ( Aldershot and Burlington VT : Ashgate, 2001) ISBN 184014629X, pp.xii, 180
3. Ruskin and Gender edited with an introduction by Dinah Birch and Francis O'Gorman (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2002) with essays by Dinah Birch, Joseph Bristow, J. B. Bullen, Emily Eells, Francis O'Gorman, Linda Peterson, Catherine Robson, Lindsay Smith, and Sharon Aronofsky Weltman. ISBN 0333968972, pp.xiii, 211
4. Blackwell's Critical Guide to the Victorian Novel ( Oxford : Blackwell, 2002, reprinted 2003) ISBN 0631227032/0631227040 (hbk/pbk), pp. xix, 344 (including 80,000 words of my own text)
5. The Victorians and the Eighteenth Century: Reassessing the Tradition, edited with an introduction by Francis O'Gorman and Katherine Turner (Aldershot and Burlington VT: Ashgate, 2004) with essays by David Amigoni, Dinah Birch , Simon Dentith, Hilary Fraser, Nick Groom, Elisabeth Jay, Lynda Mugglestone, Francis O'Gorman, Helen Small , Katherine Turner, Carolyn Williams, and with a preface by David Fairer. Pp. xvi, 268; 6 illus. ISBN: 0754607186
6. Victorian Poetry: An Annotated Anthology ( Oxford : Blackwell, 2004), lix, 739pp, 12 illus. ISBN: 0631234357
7. Concise Companion to the Victorian Novel, ed. Francis O'Gorman (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004 ['2005' on title page], reprinted 2005, published as an e-book February 2007) in the Contexts of Literature and Theory series with essays by Kate Flint, James Eli Adams, Angelique Richardson , Cannon Schmitt, Nicholas Dames, Francis O'Gorman, Clare Pettitt, Richard Salmon , John Rignall, Michael Wheeler, Carolyn Dever, and Mark Turner ISBN: 1405103205
8. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles with 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band', ed. Francis O'Gorman ( Ontario : Broadview, 2006), 300 pp, illus, ISBN 1551117223.
9. Victorian Literature and Finance, ed. with an Introduction by Francis O'Gorman (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007, ISBN-10: 0-19-928192-0/ISBN-13: 978-0-19-928192-3)-essays by Gordon Bigelow, Alison Chapman, Josephine Guy, Nancy Henry, Tara McGann, Jane Moody, Francis O'Gorman, Catherine Seville, and Nicholas Shrimpton.
10. The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Culture, ed. Francis O'Gorman (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010) with essays by Elizabeth Prettejohn, Ruth A. Solie, Katherine Newey, Matthew Rubery, Nicola Humble, Anna Maria Jones, Nicholas Daly, Bernard V. Lightman, Timothy Alborn, Edward S. Spiers, Dennis Denisoff, John Strachan, Francis O'Gorman, and Samantha Matthews with an introduction by Francis O'Gorman-ISBN 978-0-521-88699-4/978-0-521-71506-5; xv, 1-309pp, illus.
11. Anthony Trollope, The Duke's Children, edited with an Introduction and Notes by Katherine Mullin and Francis O'Gorman (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011)-part of a new complete edition of the Palliser novels. Our 'Biographical Preface' and 'Chronology' is used in all the new Pallisers.
12. John Ruskin, Praeterita, edited with an Introduction and Notes by Francis O'Gorman (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).
13. Margaret Oliphant's The Makers of Venice: Doges, Conquerors and Men of Letters (1887) complete text for volume 8, set 2, of The Selected Works of Margaret Oliphant, General Editors Elisabeth Jay and Joanne Shattock (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2012)
14. Elizabeth Gaskell, Sylvia's Lovers, edited with an Introduction and Notes by Francis O'Gorman (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).
15. Anthony Trollope, Framley Parsonage, edited with an Introduction and Notes by Katherine Mullin and Francis O'Gorman (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014)-part of a new complete edition of the Barchester novels. Our 'Biographical Preface' and 'Chronology' is used in all the new texts.
16. Oxford Twenty-first Century Authors: Algernon Charles Swinburne, edited with an Introduction and Notes by Francis O'Gorman (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2015)
17. The Cambridge Companion to John Ruskin, edited by Francis O'Gorman (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015)
18. Worrying: A Literary and Cultural History (New York: Bloomsbury, 2015)
JOURNAL SPECIAL ISSUES
Women's Writing: Margaret Oliphant Special Edition, 6.2 (1999), ed. by Elisabeth Jay and Francis O'Gorman with essays by Penny Fielding, Ann Heilmann, Elisabeth Jay, Shirley Jones, Linda Peterson, Clare Pettitt, Valerie Sanders, and Sandra Spencer.
Worldviews: Environment, Religion, Culture. Special Edition: Writing, Landscape and Community, 5.1 (April 2001) ed. by Francis O'Gorman, with essays by Clare Morgan, Francis O'Gorman, Shaun Richards, Marion Thain, and John Whale.
'"The Eagle and the Whale"? John Ruskin's Argument with John Tyndall' in Michael Wheeler, ed., Time and Tide: Ruskin Studies - Ruskin and Science (London: Pilkington, 1996), 45-64.
'Ruskin's Science of the 1870s: Science, Education, and the Nation' in Dinah Birch, ed., Ruskin and the Dawn of the Modern (Oxford: Clarendon, 1999), 35-55.
'Memoirs of a Fox Hunting, Stag Hunting, Otter Hunting, Wild Fowl Hunting ... Man: Masculinity and the Subjectivity of the Victorian Hunter' in Martin Hewitt, ed., Representing Victorian Lives (Leeds Working Papers in Victorian Studies, vol. 2, 1999), 27-38 (volume of conference papers).
'"More interesting than all the books, save one": Charles Kingsley's Construction of Natural History' in Juliet John and Alice Jenkins, eds, Rethinking Victorian Culture (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1999), 147-161.
'The Mightiest Evangel of the Alpine Club: Masculinity and Agnosticism in the Alpine Writing of John Tyndall' in Sean Gill, Andrew Bradstock, Anne Hogan, and Sue Morgan, eds, Masculinity, Spirituality and Victorian Culture ( Basingstoke : Macmillan, 2000), 141-160.
'Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelite Imagination in the 1870s: Art, Politics and the Female Body' in Robert Hewison, ed., Ruskin's Artists: Studies in the Victorian Visual Economy ( Aldershot and Burlington VT : Ashgate, 2000), 185-203.
(= with Dinah Birch), 'Introduction' to Dinah Birch and Francis O'Gorman, eds, Ruskin and Gender ( Basingstoke : Palgrave, 2002), 1-9.
'Manliness and the History of Ruskin in Love: Writing Ruskin's Masculinity from W.G. Collingwood to Kate Millett' in Dinah Birch and Francis O'Gorman, eds, Ruskin and Gender ( Basingstoke : Palgrave, 2002), 10-28.
(= with Clare Palmer), 'Animals, Power, and Ethics: The Case of Fox Hunting' in Andrew Light and Avner de-Shalit, eds, Moral and Political Reasoning in Environmental Practice ( Massachusetts : MIT, 2002), 281-94.
'Ruskin, and Writing History from Home' in John Ruskin: Werk und Wirkung, ed. Werner Oechslin (gta Verlag, Zürich and Gebr. Mann Verlag, Berlin, 2003), 131-46.
'"Amiable but determined autocracy": Margaret Oliphant, Venice , and the Inheritance of Ruskin' in Alison Chapman and Jane Stabler, eds, Unfolding the South: Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers and Artists in Italy ( Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2003), 183-200.
'"The clue of Shakespearian power over me": Ruskin, Shakespeare, and Influence' in Gail Marshall and Adrian Poole, eds, Victorian Shakespeare: Literature and Culture ( Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), 203-18.
(=with Katherine Turner), 'Introduction' to Francis O'Gorman and Katherine Turner, eds, The Victorians and the Eighteenth Century: Reassessing the Tradition ( Aldershot and Burlington VT : Ashgate, 2004), 1-13.
'The "high priest of an age of prose and reason"? Alexander Pope and the Victorians' in Francis O'Gorman and Katherine Turner, eds, The Victorians and the Eighteenth Century: Reassessing the Tradition ( Aldershot and Burlington VT : Ashgate, 2004), 76-97.
'Romance and Victorian Autobiography: Margaret Oliphant, Edmund Gosse and John Ruskin's "needle to the north"' in Blackwell's Companion to Romance, ed. Corinne Saunders ( Oxford : Blackwell, 2004), 360-74.
'Chronology' and 'Introduction' to Concise Companion to the Victorian Novel, ed. Francis O'Gorman ( Oxford : Blackwell, 2005 [published 2004]), Contexts of Literature and Theory series, xiv-xxiii; 1-3.
'"A long deep sob of that mysterious wondrous happiness that is one with pain": Emotion in Victorian Fiction' inConcise Companion to the Victorian Novel, ed. Francis O'Gorman ( Oxford : Blackwell, 2005 [published 2004]), Contexts of Literature and Theory series, 253-70.
'Introduction' and 'Speculative Fictions and the Fortunes of H. Rider Haggard' in Francis O'Gorman, ed., Victorian Literature and Finance ( Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2007), 1-16, 157-72.
'Ruskin's Mountain Gloom' in Keith Hanley and Rachel Dickinson, eds, Ruskin and the Struggle for Coherence ( Cambridge : Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007), 123-50.
'Victorian Literature and Bringing the Body Back from the Dead' in Ulrike Maude, Jane Macnaughton, and Corinne Saunders, eds., The Body and the Arts (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), pp.102-15.
'Salley Vickers, Venice, and the Victorians' in Patricia Pulham and Rosario Arias, eds, Haunting and Spectrality in Neo-Victorian Fiction: Repossessing the Past (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), pp.3-22.
'The Dead' in Francis O'Gorman, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), pp.255-72.
'Later Victorian Voices 2: Davidson, Kipling, Michael Field, Kendall, Lee-Hamilton, Webster' in Michael O'Neill, ed.,The Cambridge History of English Poetry (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), pp.706-24.
'Financial Markets and the Banking System' in Dickens in Context, ed. by Sally Ledger and Holly Furneaux (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp.276-83.
'The Rural Scene: Victorian Literature and the Natural World' in Kate Flint, ed., The New Cambridge History of English Literature: The Victorian Period (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), pp.532-49.
'Romance and Realism' in Robert L. Caserio and Clement Hawes, eds., The Cambridge History of the English Novel(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), pp.485-99.
'Did Ruskin Support the Pre-Raphaelites?' in Keith Hanley and Brian Maidment, eds., Persistent Ruskin Studies in Influence, Assimilation and Effect (Burlington VT and Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013), pp.81-92.
'Hardy and Realism' in Philip Mallett, ed., Thomas Hardy in Context (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp.113-21.
On Not Hearing: Victorian Poetry and Music in Matthew Bevis, ed., The Oxford Handbook to Victorian Poetry (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 745-61.
FORTHCOMING BOOK CHAPTERS
Edmund Gosses Father and Son, Modernism, and a History of Nerves in Maria DiBattista and Emily Wittman, eds, Modernism and Autobiography (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)at press.
Periodization in Emma Mason, Jonathan Herapath, and Erin Lafford, eds., Nineteenth-Century Poetry: Criticism and Debates (London: Routledge, 2015)awaiting proofs.
Nineteenth-century Poetry and Music in Delia da Sousa Correa, ed., The Edinburgh Companion to Literature and Music (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014).
Keats Critical Reception, 1821-1900 in Michael ONeill, ed., John Keats in Context (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).
'A Blakean Allusion in Ruskin's Fors Clavigera', Notes & Queries, 42 (1995): 175-6.
'Sage and City: John Ruskin and Manchester ', Manchester Memoirs: The Memoirs and Proceedings of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society, 135 (1996): 55-70.
'Ruskin's Fors Clavigera of October 1873: An Unpublished Letter from Carlyle to Tyndall', Notes & Queries, 43 (1996): 430-2.
'A Source for "The Bailey Beareth the Bell Away"', Notes & Queries, 44 (1997): 242.
'John Tyndall as Poet: Agnosticism and "A Morning on Alp Lusgen"', The Review of English Studies, 48 (1997): 353-8.
'Ruskin and the Aclands: Further Letters', Bodleian Library Record, 16 (1997): 181-8.
'Some Ruskin Annotations of Tyndall', Notes & Queries, 44 (1997): 348-9.
'Ruskin, Wilde, and Lillie Langtry', Notes & Queries, 44 (1997): 349-50.
'Ruskin v. Whistler: A Further Manuscript, Notes & Queries, 44 (1997): 346.
'Ruskin, Faunthorpe and the Index to Fors Clavigera', English Language Notes, 35 (1998): 52-8.
'Browning's "Inapprehensiveness"', The English Review, 8 (1998): 37-9.
'Browning's Manuscript Revisions to Michael Field's Long Ago (1889)', Browning Society Notes, 25 (1998): 38-44.
'Victorian Natural History and the Discourses of Nature in Charles Kingsley's Glaucus', Worldviews: Environment, Culture, Religion, 2 (1998): 21-35.
' Milton 's Paradise Lost 10.937', The Explicator, 57 (1998): 23-4.
'Ruskin and Walter Lucas Brown: Two New Letters', Notes & Queries, 46 (1999): 57-60.
'Ruskin's Art of England, Dante, and Aeschylus', Notes & Queries, 46 (1999): 479-80.
'"Suppose it were your own father of whom you spoke": Ruskin's Unto this Last (1860)', The Review of English Studies, 51 (2000): 230-47.
'Knights of Passion: Tennyson and Adultery', The English Review, 10 (2000): 34-7.
'Frost's "Never again would birds' song be the same"', The Explicator, 58 (2000): 94-5.
'Ruskin and Particularity: Fors Clavigera and the 1870s', Philological Quarterly, 79 (2000): 119-36.
'"Accept things as they are": Reading the Agnostic Poetry of Henrietta Huxley', Modern Believing, 42 (2001): 39-48.