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Professor Jane Thomas

Professor of Victorian and Early 20th Century Literature/ Head of Subject for English and Creative Writing

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of The Arts

Summary

Professor Thomas is an internationally-recognised expert and author of several book and articles on the life and work of Thomas Hardy. Her media appearances include Radio 4's In Our Time and Woman's Hour, BBC 2's Great British Railway Journeys and BBC 4's Books that Made Britain. Professor Thomas also publishes on Victorian sculpture and visual arts, modern and contemporary women's writing, and literature and place. Her research has been funded by the British Academy and the AHRC, she was appointed Research Fellow of the Henry Moore Institute in 2013 and she has been Academic Director of the International Thomas Hardy Conference since 2010.

Book

Thomas Hardy and Desire

Thomas, J. (2013). Thomas Hardy and Desire. Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/9781137305060

Book Chapter

Changes in the literary canon

Thomas, J. (2008). Changes in the literary canon. The Victorian literature handbook, 163 - 176. Continuum Press

Hardy's "romances and fantasies" A pair of blue eyes, The trumpet major, Two on a tower, and The well-beloved : experiments in metafiction

Thomas, J. Hardy's "romances and fantasies" A pair of blue eyes, The trumpet major, Two on a tower, and The well-beloved : experiments in metafiction. The University of Hull

Journal Article

The mower, the sower, and the mayor: Thomas Hardy and Hamo Thornycroft, encounters and affinities

Thomas, J. (2018). The mower, the sower, and the mayor: Thomas Hardy and Hamo Thornycroft, encounters and affinities. Word and Image, 34(1), 7-15. doi:10.1080/02666286.2017.1327306

"What Will Survive of Us" : Thomas Hardy, Philip Larkin and the Legacy of Art : The Thomas Hardy Birthday Lecture

Thomas, J. "What Will Survive of Us" : Thomas Hardy, Philip Larkin and the Legacy of Art : The Thomas Hardy Birthday Lecture. Thomas Hardy Journal, 6(2), (32-48). ISSN 0268-5418

Postgraduate supervision

Prof Thomas welcomes applications in the life and work of Thomas Hardy; modern and contemporary women's writing; literature and the visual arts; mid to late Victorian literature. Completed PhDs - Sue Kennedy, 'Sleeping Beauty'? Elizabeth Taylor and her Peers (2017) - Ellie Cope, Mapping the Mind: Men, Madness and Masculinity in Victorian Fiction (2015) - Sarah Berry, Cults, Sororities and Fraternities in Fin de Siècle Literature (2012) - Claire Drewery, Women Modernists and the Short Story (2007) - Julie Ellam, Love in the Novels of Jeannette Winterson (2003) - Amanda Greenwood, Representations of Femininity in the Novels of Edna O'Brien 1960-1996 (1999) Current PhD supervisions - Jackie Goodman, Architectural Symbolism in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Literature - Andrew Hewitt, Thomas Hardy and the Emotions - Rebecca Devine, Philip Larkin: Epistolary Performances - Helen Alexander, Thomas Hardy and Music - Rachel Allen, Financial Environments and Ecological Incentives in Poetry: A Creative-Critical Investigation