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Prof Stefan Hawlin

Professor of English Literature


Professor in English Literature

Stefan Hawlin read for his degrees at the University of Oxford, where he also taught for five years before coming to teach at Buckingham. At St Catherine’s College, Oxford, he was Lecturer in English Literature (1986-88) and a Research Associate of the College, and also British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (1988-1991). His publications include The Poetical Works of Robert Browning, volumes 7, 8, 9, and 15 (OUP, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2009) and The Complete Critical Guide to Robert Browning (Routledge, 2002), as well as numerous articles in journals in the UK and the United States.


  • BA, English Language and Literature, University of Oxford
  • MA, University of Oxford
  • DPhil, University of Oxford

Teaching Expertise

  • Practical Criticism
  • Critical Theory
  • English Poetry, particularly 19th and 20th century
  • Renaissance Literature
  • American Literature

Research Interests

  • 19th-century poetry
  • the works of Robert Browning
  • 20th-century and contemporary poetry
  • the relations between English and history, philosophy and theology

 External Roles

  • Member of the international Advisory Board for the journal Victorian Poetry
  • PhD External Examiner

Contact Details

Recent Publications

Selected Publications

  • Stefan Hawlin & Michael Meredith (eds), The Poetical Works of Robert Browning Oxford English Texts, Volume XV, Parleyings and Asolando (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2009)
  • Stefan Hawlin, “Rethinking ‘My Last Duchess’”, Essays in Criticism 62.2 (April 2012), 139-159
  • Stefan Hawlin, “The Savages in the Forest: Decolonizing William Golding”, in Lord of the Flies: William Golding, Modern Critical Interpretations ser., ed. Harold Bloom (London: Chelsea House, 2008), 71-81
  • Stefan Hawlin, “Epistemes and Imitations: Thom Gunn on Ben Jonson”, PMLA 122.5 (Oct 2007), 1516-30
  • Stefan Hawlin, “Love Among the Political Ruins: 1848 and the Political Unconscious of Men and Women“, Victorian Poetry, 50.4 (Winter 2012), 503-520
  • Stefan Hawlin, “The Argument of Geoffrey Hill’s Odi Barbare”, The Cambridge Quarterly 43.1 (March 2014), 1-15
  • “The Redemption of History: A Reading of Geoffrey Hill’s A Treatise of Civil Power”, Literary Imagination (2014)
  • Stefan Hawlin, “‘Grinding the Textures of Harmony’ : Heroic Difficulty in Geoffrey Hill’s Clavics”, English (2014)
  • Stefan Hawlin, “Wales and the Spirit: Reading Geoffrey Hill’s Oraclau / Oracles“, Literature and Theology (August 2014)
  • Stefan Hawlin, “Reading Browning Intertextually: ‘A Toccata of Galuppi’s’ and ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’”, Victorian Poetry 53.3 (Fall 2015), 263-279
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