Professor Darryl Jones BA (York), DPhil (York), F.T.C.D.
My major research and teaching interest is in the general area of popular literature, particularly in the fields of horror fiction and film, and of Victorian and Edwardian adventure fiction. Most specifically, I am interested in writers such as M. R. James, H. G. Wells, Arthur Machen, Sax Rohmer, Edgar Rice Burroughs, H. P. Lovecraft, and their contemporaries in fin-de-siècle and early twentieth-century popular literature. My edition of the Collected Ghost Stories of M. R. James was published by Oxford University Press in 2011, and I’m currently working on an anthology of Victorian and Edwardian horror stories, also for OUP.
My work tends to focus largely (though not exclusively) on British writing, and I’m currently writing a monograph entitled Dead London: Representing the Shadow-City in the Nineteenth Century, which examines the way in which London’s various shadows, doubles, undergrounds and unofficial or abject selves are imagined in Victorian literature and culture. This book is part of a long-term engagement with mass death and catastrophe fiction since the Enlightenment, which so far has resulted in articles on Floods in Victorian Fiction, on the Death of the Sun in Victorian culture, on H. G. Wells, on the Christian Right Left Behind series of bestselling apocalyptic thrillers, on The Turner Diaries and other American neo-Nazi novels, and on the Decline and Fall of the American Empire. I have also edited 2 books on 1950s literature and culture.
I have a long-standing teaching and research interest in the nineteenth-century novel, and most particularly the work of Jane Austen, on whom I published a monograph in 2004.
As a native speaker of Welsh, I also find myself making occasional interventions in the subjects of Welsh culture and literature. I have supervised numerous PhDs in the general area of popular literary studies.
Current and recent PhD topics have included:
Menstruation and female blood in horror fiction and film.
The cultural representation of the serial killer.
Jane Austen and national identity.
Haunted space in American horror.
Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Fin-de-siècle invasion narratives.
The figure of the superman, from Nietzsche to Clark Kent.
1950s nuclear novels.
Overpopulation in nineteenth-century fiction.
Beast-men in the nineteenth-century novel.
Fin-de-siècle mad science
The ‘Portrait of the Artist’ in Victorian and Modernist Fiction
Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams and Postwar British Satire
Beautiful Strangers: Ireland and the World of the Fifties, ed. Gerald Dawe, Darryl Jones and Nora Pelizzari (Bern: Peter Lang, forthcoming 2012).
Darryl Jones, Elizabeth McCarthy and Bernice Murphy, eds. It Came from the 1950s: Popular Culture, Popular Anxieties London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, xiv+262pp.
M. R. James, Collected Stories, edited with an introduction by Darryl Jones, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2011, iiixv+468pp.
Studying Poetry. Second edition, revised and expanded. London: Bloomsbury, 2011 [with Stephen Matterson], 200pp.
Reinterpreting Emmet: Essays on the Life and Legacy of Robert Emmet, ed. Anne Dolan, Patrick Geoghegan and Darryl Jones, Dublin: UCD Press, 2007. 258pp.
Jane Austen. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. 252pp.
Horror: A Thematic History in Fiction and Film. London: Arnold; and New York: OUP, 2002. 220pp.
Studying Poetry. London: Arnold; and New York: OUP, 2000, repr. 2001. 188pp. [with Stephen Matterson]
‘Fantasia: Under Milk Wood in the 1950s’, in Beautiful Strangers: Ireland and the World of the Fifties, ed. Gerald Dawe, Darryl Jones and Nora Pelizzari (Bern: Peter Lang, forthcoming 2012).
“Gone into mourning for the death of the Sun”: Victorians at the End of Time’, in Trish Ferguson, ed. Victorian Time (London: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2012).
‘“... as if the waters had but just retires from the face of the earth”: The Flood in Victorian Fiction’, Literature and Theology (forthcoming 2012).
‘King Rat’, Forms of Imagining, 4 (forthcoming 2013)
‘Welsh Nationalist Horror’, Almanac: The Yearbook of Welsh Writing in English, 15 (2011), pp. 1-28.
‘“It’s in the Trees! It’s Coming!”: Night of the Demon and the Decline and Fall of the British Empire’, in Darryl Jones, Elizabeth McCarthy and Bernice Murphy, eds. It Came from the 1950s: Popular Culture, Popular Anxieties (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), pp. 33-59.
Ultima Thule: Arthur Gordon Pym and the Hollow Earth’, Edgar Allan Poe Review, XII: 1 (Spring 2010), pp. 51-69.
‘Robert Aickman, the Ghost Story, and the Idea of Englishness’ in Helen Conrad-O'Briain and Julie-Anne Stephens, eds The Ghost Story from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century (Dublin, Four Courts, 2010), pp. 61-80.
‘Horror’, in M. Keith Booker, ed. The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Cultural Theory (Oxford: Blackwell, 2011).
‘Borderlands: Spiritualism and the Occult in Fin-de-siècle and Edwardian Welsh and Irish Horror’, Irish Universities Review, 17:1 (2009), pp. 31-44.
‘H.G. Wells and the Imagination of Disaster’, in Philip Coleman, ed. On Literature and Science: Essays, Reflections, Provocations (Dublin: Four Courts, 2007), pp. 129-47.
‘Hunters and Patriots: The Fiction of the American Neo-Nazi Movement’, in Kate Hebblethwaite and Elizabeth McCarthy, eds. Fear: Essays on the Meaning and Experience of Fear (Dublin: Four Courts, 2007), pp. 103-122.
‘Scenes from the Decline and Fall of the American Empire’, Forum, 5 (2007), pp. 1-15.
‘The Liberal Antichrist: Left Behind in America’, in Crawford Gribben and Kenneth Newport, eds. Expecting the End: Millennialism in Social and Historical Context. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2006, pp. 97-112.
‘King of the Castle: Shirley Jackson and Stephen King’, in Bernice Murphy, ed. Shirley Jackson: Essays on the Literary Legacy. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co, 2005, pp. 214-36 [with Dara Downey].
‘“Distorted Nature in a Fever”: Irish Bulls, Irish Novels, the 1798 Rebellion, and their Gothic Contexts’, in Heidi Kaufman and Chris Fauske, eds. ‘An Uncomfortable Authority’: Maria Edgeworth and her Contexts. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2004, pp. 127-44.
‘Radical Ambivalence: Frances Burney, Jacobinism, and the Politics of Romantic Fiction’, Women’s Writing 10 :1 (2003), pp. 3-26.
‘“A Fancy Name in that Incestuous Context”: Dannie Abse Writing About Wales’, Poetry Ireland Review, 62 (Autumn 1999), pp. 79-83.
Contributor to Marie Mulvey-Roberts, ed. The Handbook of Gothic Literature. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1998.
‘I Failed Utterly : Saunders Lewis and the Cultural Politics of Welsh Modernism’, The Irish Review, 19 (Spring/Summer 1996), pp. 22-43.
‘Celtic Nationalism and Postcolonial Theory’, SPAN, 41 (October 1995), pp. 28-36.
‘Frekes, Monsters and the Ladies : Attitudes to Female Sexuality in the 1790s’, Literature and History 4 :2 (Autumn 1995), pp. 1-24.
Dr Darryl Jones