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Professor John Carey FBA

About this Fellow

English Language and Literature



Current post

  • Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford

Past Appointments

  • Tutorial Fellow, Keble College University of Oxford, 1960 - 1965
  • Tutorial Fellow, St John's College University of Oxford, 1965 - 1975
  • Merton Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford, 1975 - 2001
  • Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford, University of Oxford, 1975


The violent effigy: a study of Dickens's imagination 1979

John Donne: life, mind and art 1981

The intellectuals and the masses 1992

What Good Are the Arts? 2005

William Golding. The Man Who Wrote Lord of the Flies. A Life 2009

Other Early Modern Languages and Literatures to 1830 Fellows

Professor Simon Franklin

History and culture of Russia & Eastern Europe, Medieval & Early Modern; cultural and social history of information technologies

Professor Michael Allen

Renaissance philosophy, particularly the Platonism of Marsilio Ficino & Pica della Mirandola; Renaissance poetry, magic, mythology, iconography & hermeneutics; Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare.

Professor Nigel Leask

Literature & culture of the 'long Romantic period', with a focus on empire, nation & travel writing. My recent focus is Scottish literature & thought 1750-1850, with a special emphasis on Robert Burns & his poetic & intellectual circle.

Professor Peter Mack

Renaissance rhetoric & dialectic; medieval & renaissance European literature, thought & cultural history