About this Fellow
Thomas Corns was born in Prescot, Lancashire, and educated at the local grammar school. He studied at Brasenose and University Colleges, Oxford, and spent a year as an exchange student to the Maximilianeum Foundation, Munich. His doctoral thesis provided the basis for The Development of Milton's Prose Style, published as the first Oxford English Monograph. Between 1975 and 2014 he worked at Bangor University (formerly the University College of North Wales and the University of Wales, Bangor), where he served at various times as head of department, head of the School of Arts and Humanities, and as a pro-vice-chancellor. He has published mainly on Milton and on the political literature of the mid-seventeenth century. He is an Honored Scholar of the Milton Society of America. Currently he is collaborating with David Loewenstein on a scholarly edition of Paradise Lost, a contribution to the eleven-volume Complete Works of John Milton (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008-), of which, with Gordon Campbell, he is general editor.
- Emeritus Professor of English Literature, Bangor University
All periods of English Literature, particularly Romantic literature and culture; William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Leigh Hunt and John Keats; biography of the Romantics; literature and medicine
French literature (especially novels and poetry) - The long 18th century in France - Cultural history of Enlightenment Europe - Memoirs and autobiography
Eighteenth and nineteenth-century Russian literature and culture; the design, organization, and meanings of time and space in Russia; the Europeanization of the Russian elite and its transnational practices
Renaissance French literature; Early modern linguistic theory, semiotics; Early modern fictionality, Arts of discourse, Mind theory (possible worlds, counterfactuals); Rhetoric of orality, writing and printing; Digital scholarly editions