Professor Simon Kövesi

  • Head of School, Professor of English and Scottish Literature (English Literature)

Biography

My undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature was here at Glasgow. My third year was spent on exchange at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After Glasgow, I did a PhD on the Romantic-period poet John Clare with Professor John Goodridge at Nottingham Trent University. I came back to Glasgow at the end of that, and taught in English Literature here for a while. Then I worked for a couple of years as a lecturer at the University of Dundee. I then returned to Glasgow as a graduate teaching assistant, until starting as a lecturer in Romantic Literature at Oxford Brookes University in 2001. 

I was at Oxford Brookes for 21 years, and ended up as a Professor and Head of School there. I came back to Glasgow in July 2022.

 

 

 

Research interests

John Clare remains a core focus of my work. I've edited his poetry, written essays and books on him, and am editor of the John Clare Society Journal. I've been in a fight with a straw bear in a feature film about Clare, helped produce a CD of music and readings of Clare, have run conferences on his world and work, and have done radio shows about him too.

More broadly, I am interested in working-class writing and culture beyond the Romantic period. I was part of the editing team of three volumes of Eighteenth-Century English Labouring-Class Poets, published in 2003. My 2007 study of the Glaswegian writer James Kelman (Manchester University Press) was short-listed for a Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year Award. I ran a conference on Clare and James Hogg and 2001, and have ongoing teaching and research interests in Scottish representations of working-class life. Mostly through working on Clare, I developed an interest in natural history, and in literary and critical responses to ecology and environmental politics, a core concern of my 2017 study of Clare. I am also interested in creative rewritings of (in any medium and genre), and responses to, the Romantic period. I led an Arts Council England-funded collaborative project called 'The Meeting', in which I worked on Clare with poets, a composer, a producer, poetry workshop participants, a playwright, an actor, and musicians. 

Right now for Oxford World's Classics I am editing - in cahoots with my colleague Matt Sangster, John Gardner (Anglia Ruskin) and David Stewart (Northumbria) - the first modern edition of Pierce Egan's smash hit Life in London (1821). I am also writing separate essays on the peasant in the Romantic period, and on the contemporary working-class memoir. A longer-term plan is to write a study of literature and poverty from 1800 to 2000. 

Publications

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Number of items: 35.

2022

Kovesi, S. , Corbett, S., Gallas, J., McCarthy Woolf, K. and Shaw, C. eds. (2022) The Meeting: Reading and Writing through John Clare. John Clare Society. ISBN 9781916135529 (doi: 10.24384/qna8-yq33)

Jones, T., Philips, J., Romano, K. and Kovesi, S. (2022) Melodys of Earth and Sky. [Audio]

2021

Kövesi, S. and Hamberger, R. (2021) A Length of Road: Interview with Robert Hamberger. John Clare Society Journal(40), pp. 87-96.

Kovesi, S. (2021) “Lord Byron, poh! the man wot writes the werses?”: John Clare, Byron and Class. In: Bucknell, C. and Ward, M. (eds.) Byron Among the English Poets: Literary Tradition and Poetic Legacy. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, pp. 219-232. ISBN 9781108903790 (doi: 10.1017/9781108903790)

Kovesi, S. , Philips, J., Jones, T., Romano, K. and Searle, W. (2021) John Clare: The Meeting. Poetry and Song. [Performance]

2020

Kӧvesi, S. and Lafford, E. (Eds.) (2020) Palgrave Advances in John Clare Studies. Series: Palgrave advances. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham. ISBN 9783030433734

2018

Kövesi, S. (2018) ‘Can Wisdom be put in a silver rod? / Or Love in a golden bowl?’ On not defending the humanities. In: Eaglestone, R. and Marshall, G. (eds.) English: Shared Futures. D. S. Brewer: Cambridge, pp. 202-209. ISBN 9781843845164 (doi: 10.1017/9781787443297.023)

2017

Kövesi, S. (2017) John Clare: Nature, Criticism and History. Palgrave Macmillan: London. ISBN 9780230277878 (doi: 10.1057/978-1-349-59183-1)

2015

Kovesi, S. (2015) John Clare: Prize-Fighter. In: Kötting, A. (ed.) By Our Selves. Badbloodsibyl, pp. 98-109. ISBN 9780956873361

Kovesi, S. (2015) The rural plural: Andrew Kötting, Iain Sinclair and John Clare. In: Kötting, A. (ed.) By Our Selves. Badbloodsibyl, pp. 184-187. ISBN 9780956873361

Kövesi, S. and McEathron, S. (Eds.) (2015) New Essays on John Clare: Poetry, Culture and Community. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. ISBN 9781107031111

Kövesi, S. (2015) John Clare’s deaths: poverty, education and poetry. In: Kövesi, S. and McEathron, S. (eds.) New Essays on John Clare: Poetry, Culture and Community. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, pp. 144-166. ISBN 9781107031111 (doi: 10.1017/CBO9781139381246.008)

Kötting, A., Jones, F., Jones, T., Sinclair, I., Kötting, E., Moore, A., Finer, J., Macgillivray, M., Kovesi, S. and Aylward, D. (2015) By Our Selves. [Artefact]

2013

Eaglestone, R. and Kövesi, S. (2013) English: why the discipline may not be 'too big to fail'. Times Higher Education, pp. 36-41.

Kövesi, S. (2013) John Clare’s horizons. Essays in Criticism, LXIII(4), pp. 375-392. (doi: 10.1093/escrit/cgt017)

Kövesi, S. and Morley, D. (2013) Interview with David Morley: The Gypsy and the Poet. John Clare Society Journal(32), pp. 49-71.

2012

Kövesi, S. (2012) John Clare & ... & ... & ... Deleuze and Guattari’s Rhizome. In: Klaus, H. G., Rignall, J. and Cunningham, V. (eds.) Ecology and the Literature of the British Left: The Red and the Green. Ashgate: Farnham, Surrey, pp. 75-88. ISBN 9781409418221 (doi: 10.4324/9781315578675-6)

2011

Kövesi, S. (2011) Finding poems, making text: John Clare and the greening of textual criticism. Romanticism, 17(2), pp. 135-147. (doi: 10.3366/rom.2011.0019)

Kövesi, S. (2011) John Hamilton Reynolds, John Clare and The London Magazine. Wordsworth Circle, 42(3), pp. 226-235. (doi: 10.1086/TWC24043153)

Kövesi, S. (2011) Canonicity. In: Chaplin, S. and Faflak, J. (eds.) The Romanticism Handbook. Series: Literature and culture handbooks. Continuum: London ; New York, N.Y., pp. 141-157. ISBN 9781441164025

2009

Kövesi, S. (2009) James Kelman, the public and pubic wigs: United Statesians in Uhmerkin America. Drouth(30), pp. 9-14.

2008

Kövesi, S. (2008) An uncatalogued review of Poems Descriptive Dublin Inquisitor, January 1821. John Clare Society Journal(27), pp. 73-80.

2007

Kövesi, S. (2007) James Kelman. Series: Contemporary British novelists. Manchester University Press: Manchester. ISBN 9780719070969 (doi: 10.7765/9781847791757)

Kövesi, S. (2007) Beyond the language wars: towards a green edition of John Clare. John Clare Society Journal(26), pp. 61-75.

2006

Kövesi, S. (2006) John Clare, Charles Lamb and The London Magazine: 'Sylvanus et Urban'. Charles Lamb Bulletin(NS 135), pp. 82-93.

Kövesi, S. (2006) “If I knew that any other use was made of my desires I should be mad”: competing narratives of the politics of John Clare’s language. Drouth(19), pp. 35-41.

2005

Kövesi, S. (2005) James Kelman margarined: class, language and the avoidance of butter. Drouth(18), pp. 14-23.

2004

Kövesi, S. (2004) John Clare’s “I” and “eye”: egotism and ecologism. In: Gilroy, A. (ed.) Green and Pleasant Land: English Culture and the Romantic Countryside. Series: Groningen studies in cultural change (8). Peeters: Leuven, pp. 73-88. ISBN 9789042914384

2003

Goodridge, J., Kövesi, S. , Fairer, D., Burke, T., Christmas, W. and Keegan, B. (Eds.) (2003) Eighteenth-Century Labouring-Class Poets. Pickering & Chatto: London. ISBN 9781851967582

2001

Clare, J. and Kövesi, S. (Eds.) (2001) Flower Poems. M&C Services: Bangkok. ISBN 9789748796093

2000

Goodridge, J. and Kövesi, S. eds. (2000) John Clare: New Approaches. John Clare Society: Helpston. ISBN 9780952254164

Kövesi, S. (2000) Masculinity, misogyny and the marketplace: Clare’s “Don Juan A Poem”. In: Goodridge, J. and Kövesi, S. (eds.) John Clare: New Approaches. John Clare Society: Helpston, pp. 187-201. ISBN 9780952254164

Kövesi, S. (2000) The John Clare Copyright: 1820-2000. Wordsworth Circle, 31(3), pp. 112-119. (doi: 10.1086/TWC24044115)

1999

Kövesi, S. (1999) ‘Her curious house is hidden’: secrecy and femininity in John Clare’s Nest poems. John Clare Society Journal(18), pp. 51-63.

Kövesi, S. (Ed.) (1999) John Clare: Love Poems. M&C Services Company Limited: Bangkok. ISBN 9789747279009

This list was generated on Mon Jan 30 16:06:44 2023 GMT.
Number of items: 35.

Articles

Kövesi, S. and Hamberger, R. (2021) A Length of Road: Interview with Robert Hamberger. John Clare Society Journal(40), pp. 87-96.

Eaglestone, R. and Kövesi, S. (2013) English: why the discipline may not be 'too big to fail'. Times Higher Education, pp. 36-41.

Kövesi, S. (2013) John Clare’s horizons. Essays in Criticism, LXIII(4), pp. 375-392. (doi: 10.1093/escrit/cgt017)

Kövesi, S. and Morley, D. (2013) Interview with David Morley: The Gypsy and the Poet. John Clare Society Journal(32), pp. 49-71.

Kövesi, S. (2011) Finding poems, making text: John Clare and the greening of textual criticism. Romanticism, 17(2), pp. 135-147. (doi: 10.3366/rom.2011.0019)

Kövesi, S. (2011) John Hamilton Reynolds, John Clare and The London Magazine. Wordsworth Circle, 42(3), pp. 226-235. (doi: 10.1086/TWC24043153)

Kövesi, S. (2009) James Kelman, the public and pubic wigs: United Statesians in Uhmerkin America. Drouth(30), pp. 9-14.

Kövesi, S. (2008) An uncatalogued review of Poems Descriptive Dublin Inquisitor, January 1821. John Clare Society Journal(27), pp. 73-80.

Kövesi, S. (2007) Beyond the language wars: towards a green edition of John Clare. John Clare Society Journal(26), pp. 61-75.

Kövesi, S. (2006) John Clare, Charles Lamb and The London Magazine: 'Sylvanus et Urban'. Charles Lamb Bulletin(NS 135), pp. 82-93.

Kövesi, S. (2006) “If I knew that any other use was made of my desires I should be mad”: competing narratives of the politics of John Clare’s language. Drouth(19), pp. 35-41.

Kövesi, S. (2005) James Kelman margarined: class, language and the avoidance of butter. Drouth(18), pp. 14-23.

Kövesi, S. (2000) The John Clare Copyright: 1820-2000. Wordsworth Circle, 31(3), pp. 112-119. (doi: 10.1086/TWC24044115)

Kövesi, S. (1999) ‘Her curious house is hidden’: secrecy and femininity in John Clare’s Nest poems. John Clare Society Journal(18), pp. 51-63.

Books

Kovesi, S. , Corbett, S., Gallas, J., McCarthy Woolf, K. and Shaw, C. eds. (2022) The Meeting: Reading and Writing through John Clare. John Clare Society. ISBN 9781916135529 (doi: 10.24384/qna8-yq33)

Kövesi, S. (2017) John Clare: Nature, Criticism and History. Palgrave Macmillan: London. ISBN 9780230277878 (doi: 10.1057/978-1-349-59183-1)

Kövesi, S. (2007) James Kelman. Series: Contemporary British novelists. Manchester University Press: Manchester. ISBN 9780719070969 (doi: 10.7765/9781847791757)

Goodridge, J. and Kövesi, S. eds. (2000) John Clare: New Approaches. John Clare Society: Helpston. ISBN 9780952254164

Book Sections

Kovesi, S. (2021) “Lord Byron, poh! the man wot writes the werses?”: John Clare, Byron and Class. In: Bucknell, C. and Ward, M. (eds.) Byron Among the English Poets: Literary Tradition and Poetic Legacy. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, pp. 219-232. ISBN 9781108903790 (doi: 10.1017/9781108903790)

Kövesi, S. (2018) ‘Can Wisdom be put in a silver rod? / Or Love in a golden bowl?’ On not defending the humanities. In: Eaglestone, R. and Marshall, G. (eds.) English: Shared Futures. D. S. Brewer: Cambridge, pp. 202-209. ISBN 9781843845164 (doi: 10.1017/9781787443297.023)

Kovesi, S. (2015) John Clare: Prize-Fighter. In: Kötting, A. (ed.) By Our Selves. Badbloodsibyl, pp. 98-109. ISBN 9780956873361

Kovesi, S. (2015) The rural plural: Andrew Kötting, Iain Sinclair and John Clare. In: Kötting, A. (ed.) By Our Selves. Badbloodsibyl, pp. 184-187. ISBN 9780956873361

Kövesi, S. (2015) John Clare’s deaths: poverty, education and poetry. In: Kövesi, S. and McEathron, S. (eds.) New Essays on John Clare: Poetry, Culture and Community. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, pp. 144-166. ISBN 9781107031111 (doi: 10.1017/CBO9781139381246.008)

Kövesi, S. (2012) John Clare & ... & ... & ... Deleuze and Guattari’s Rhizome. In: Klaus, H. G., Rignall, J. and Cunningham, V. (eds.) Ecology and the Literature of the British Left: The Red and the Green. Ashgate: Farnham, Surrey, pp. 75-88. ISBN 9781409418221 (doi: 10.4324/9781315578675-6)

Kövesi, S. (2011) Canonicity. In: Chaplin, S. and Faflak, J. (eds.) The Romanticism Handbook. Series: Literature and culture handbooks. Continuum: London ; New York, N.Y., pp. 141-157. ISBN 9781441164025

Kövesi, S. (2004) John Clare’s “I” and “eye”: egotism and ecologism. In: Gilroy, A. (ed.) Green and Pleasant Land: English Culture and the Romantic Countryside. Series: Groningen studies in cultural change (8). Peeters: Leuven, pp. 73-88. ISBN 9789042914384

Kövesi, S. (2000) Masculinity, misogyny and the marketplace: Clare’s “Don Juan A Poem”. In: Goodridge, J. and Kövesi, S. (eds.) John Clare: New Approaches. John Clare Society: Helpston, pp. 187-201. ISBN 9780952254164

Edited Books

Kӧvesi, S. and Lafford, E. (Eds.) (2020) Palgrave Advances in John Clare Studies. Series: Palgrave advances. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham. ISBN 9783030433734

Kövesi, S. and McEathron, S. (Eds.) (2015) New Essays on John Clare: Poetry, Culture and Community. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. ISBN 9781107031111

Goodridge, J., Kövesi, S. , Fairer, D., Burke, T., Christmas, W. and Keegan, B. (Eds.) (2003) Eighteenth-Century Labouring-Class Poets. Pickering & Chatto: London. ISBN 9781851967582

Clare, J. and Kövesi, S. (Eds.) (2001) Flower Poems. M&C Services: Bangkok. ISBN 9789748796093

Kövesi, S. (Ed.) (1999) John Clare: Love Poems. M&C Services Company Limited: Bangkok. ISBN 9789747279009

Artefact

Kötting, A., Jones, F., Jones, T., Sinclair, I., Kötting, E., Moore, A., Finer, J., Macgillivray, M., Kovesi, S. and Aylward, D. (2015) By Our Selves. [Artefact]

Performance

Kovesi, S. , Philips, J., Jones, T., Romano, K. and Searle, W. (2021) John Clare: The Meeting. Poetry and Song. [Performance]

Audio

Jones, T., Philips, J., Romano, K. and Kovesi, S. (2022) Melodys of Earth and Sky. [Audio]

This list was generated on Mon Jan 30 16:06:44 2023 GMT.

Supervision

 

Along with the PhD supervisions, I have supervised many BA and MA dissertations across literary cultures of the 19th and 20thc - on topics such as the natural world, class, masculinity, the gothic, sexuality, genre and violence. I am keen to suprvise doctoral research on any aspect of British working-class literary and popular culture from 1800 to now, on Romanticism, and on the environmental humanities. 

 

PhD

Megan Burns, researching popular protest poetry and pamphlets of the ‘Red Clydeside’ era (early 20thc.) in Glasgow. Oxford Brookes University bursary PhD student. From 2020. 

‘The Concept of Authorship in the Work of Sara Coleridge’, Robin Schofield, 2013–16.

‘From Whodunnits to Literary Fiction: The Charting of an Author’s Transition from Crime Writer to Literary Novelist’, Morag Joss 2013–14. 

‘Coleridge and Transnatural Poetics’, Gregory Leadbetter, 2006–10. 

Professional activities & recognition

Grant committees & research advisory boards

  • 2018 - 2022: REF2021, Assessor, Subpanel 27
  • 2017 - 2020: AHRC Peer Review College,

Professional & learned societies

  • 2022: Executive Committee Member, University English
  • 2018: Fellow, English Association
  • 2015: Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • 2011: Honorary Lifetime Member, British Association for Romantic Studies
  • 2008: Editor, John Clare Society