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Professor Dame Hermione Lee FBA

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About this Fellow

Life-Writing, 19th to 21st century literature, American literature



Current post

  • Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford

Past Appointments

  • Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader, University of York, 1977 - 1996
  • Personal Chair in English Literature, University of York, 1996 - 1998
  • Goldsmiths' Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford, 1998 - 2008
  • President of Wolfson College, and Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford, 2008 - 2017


Virginia Woolf 1996

Elizabeth Bowen 1981

Willa Cather: a life saved up 1989

Biography: A Very Short introduction 2009

Edith Wharton 2007

Body Parts: Essays on Life-Writing 2005

Virginia Woolf 1996

Biography: A Very Short Introduction 2009

Penelope Fitzgerald 2013

Other Modern Languages, Literatures and other Media from 1830 Fellows

Professor Rachel Bowlby

Literary realism; history and theory of consumer culture; Freud, especially in relation to Greek tragedy and feminist reappraisals; Virginia Woolf; contemporary French philosophy.

Professor John Haffenden

Literary biography and criticism, especially 20th century British and American poetry; biographies of John Berryman and William Empson, editions of poetry and prose by Empson.

Professor Catriona Kelly

Russian cultural and social history from the late 18th century; the history of childhood, and Russian national identity in the late Soviet and post-Soviet eras.

Professor Michael Bell

Literary studies from the Enlightenment to modernity; the interrelations of literature and philosophy