Professor Jeff Wallace

​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Position:​Professor of English
​School:​ Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy
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​ Telephone:029 2041 7102
​Room No:​C015



• Fellow of the English Association
• Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Association
• SLSAeu (European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts)
• South-West Network for Regional Humanities
• MSA (Modernist Studies Association)
• BAMS (British Association of Modernist Studies)
• BSLS (British Society for Literature and Science)
• Raymond Williams Society
• MoNC (Modernist Network Cymru)

Research Interests:
• D.H. Lawrence
• Haruki Murakami
• John Berger
• Abstraction as a critical concept
• Literature and bibliotherapy
• Literature and science from Darwin to the contemporary
• Humanism and posthumanism
• Contemporary literatures


Beginning Modernism (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2011)

D.H. Lawrence, Science and the Posthuman (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2005)

Edited books:
Gothic Modernisms, eds Andrew Smith and Jeff Wallace (Palgrave, 2001)

Raymond Williams Now: Knowledge, Limits and the Future, eds Jeff Wallace, Rod Jones and Sophie Nield (Macmillan, 1997)

Charles Darwin's Origin of Species: New Interdisciplinary Essays, eds David Amigoni and Jeff Wallace (Manchester University Press, 1995)

D.H. Lawrence, The Virgin and the Gipsy and Other Stories (Wordsworth Classics, 2004)

D.H. Lawrence, Women in Love (Wordsworth Classics, 2000)

Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species (Wordsworth Classics, 1998)

Book chapters:
'Modern', The Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Posthuman, eds Bruce Clarke and Manuela Rossini (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), pp.41-53.

'Life beyond critique: Murakami after Latour', Narrating Life: Experiments with Human and Animal Bodies in Literature, Science and Art, eds. Elizabeth Friis and Stefan Herbrechter (Leyden: Brill, 2016), pp.172-190.

‘T.H. Huxley, Science and Cultural Agency’, Darwin, Tennyson and Their Readers: Explorations in Victorian Literature and Science, ed. Valerie Purton (Anthem Press, 2013), pp.153-166

‘Atomised: Mary Midgley and Michel Houellebecq’, Towards a New Literary Humanism, ed. Andy Mousley (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2011), pp.127-142

'51/49: Abstraction, democracy and the machine in Lawrence, Deleuze and their readings of Whitman', New D.H. Lawrence, ed. Howard Booth (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010), pp.98-116.

'Modernists on the art of fiction', The Cambridge Companion to the Modernist Novel, ed. Morag Shiach (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp.15-31.

'"An inorganic life of things": notes on abstraction and nature', Moment of Earth: Poems and Essays in Honour of Jeremy Hooker, ed. Christopher Meredith (Aberystwyth: Celtic Studies Publications, 2007), pp.234-248.

'Lawrentianisms: Rhys Davies and D.H. Lawrence', Rhys Davies: Decoding the Hare (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2001), pp.175-190.

'"The stern task of living": Dubliners, clerks, money and modernism', Gothic Modernisms, eds. A. Smith and J. Wallace (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001), pp.111-128.

'"Not otherwise touchable somehow": Ecocriticism and Literature', The Roots of Environmental Consciousness: Popular Tradition and Personal Experience, eds Stephen Hussey and Paul Thompson (London: Routledge, 2000), pp.200-206.

'The World Before Eyes: Calvino, Barthes and Science', The Third Culture: Literature and Science, ed. E.S. Shaffer (Berlin: De Gruyter, 1998), pp.269-283.

'Difficulty and defamiliarisation: language and process in The Origin of Species', Charles Darwin's Origin of Species: New Interdisciplinary Essays, eds D. Amigoni and J. Wallace (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1995), pp.1-46.

'Language, Nature and the Politics of Materialism: Raymond Williams and D.H. Lawrence', Raymond Williams: Politics, Education, Letters, eds W. John Morgan and Peter Preston (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1993), pp.105-128.

Peer refereed journals:
'Educability and Art: D.H. Lawrence, Paul Cézanne, Herbert Read', Etudes Lawrenciennes 47 (2016) (online).

'Murphy and Peace', Twentieth-Century Literature 61:3 (September 2015), pp.352-372.

‘Literature and Posthumanism’, Literature Compass (online journal) (Oxford: John Wiley, 2010)

‘Unclamping “philosophy” in D.H. Lawrence’, Journal of D.H. Lawrence Studies 1:3 (2008), pp.125-39.

'Driven to Abstraction? Raymond Williams and the Road', in Welsh Writing in English: A Yearbook of Critical Essays 5, ed. Tony Brown (Cardiff: New Welsh Review, 1999), pp.115-129

'Against Idealism: Science and Language in Lawrence's Philosophical Writing', Etudes Lawrenciennes 19 (1999), pp.33-54

'"Taking possession of the ordinary man's mind": Literary Studies and History of Science', Literature and History, 2nd. series, 1:1 (Spring 1990), pp.58-74

Plenary lectures and conference papers (since 2006):
'Sensation and the education of the senses: Read, Lawrence, Whitehead', Sensory Modernisms 2, University of Leeds, December 2015 (plenary)

'Towards a Critical Bibliotherapy', Lapidus Day, Cardiff metropolitan University, March 2015 (plenary)

'The End of Experience: Geoff Dyer and D.H. Lawrence', at Modernism Now!, British Association of Modernist Studies conference, University of London, June 2014

'Life after Critique: Murakami after Latour', at Life After Theory, European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts conference, University of Turin, June 2014

'Murphy and Peace', Modernism and the Moral Life conference, University of Manchester, May 2014

'Literature and Science: Beyond the Two Cultures', Inaugural Professorial Lecture, Cardiff Metropolitan University, March 2014

‘Wonder, science and the posthuman’, at BSLS (British Society for Literature and Science) conference, Cardiff University, April 2013

‘Art and educability: D.H. Lawrence and Cézanne’, at 2013 International D.H. Lawrence conference, Université Paris X (Nanterre), April 2013

‘John Berger and abstraction’, at Ways of Seeing John Berger, Kings College London/British Library, September 2012

‘The Englishman Abroad? D.H.Lawrence, Geoff Dyer and Italy’, at D.H. Lawrence: Regional, National and International Contexts, University of Nottingham, July 2012 (plenary)

‘The young, the new, the open: criticism and planetarity’, at The Good of Criticism; the Value of Literary Studies, University of Reading, March 2010 (plenary)

‘The Thought Adventure: D.H. Lawrence, Education and Consciousness’, inaugural Professorial lecture, University of Glamorgan, April 2010

‘Atomised’, at Is There a Human in this Text?, De Montfort University, July 2008 (plenary)

‘Unclamping “philosophy” in D.H. Lawrence’, at Current Methodologies in D.H. Lawrence Studies, Technische Universitat Darmstadt, July 2008

‘”eart knowledge: Abstraction, Modernity and Popular Visual Culture in Tressell’s The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists, at Modernism and Visual Culture, Oxford University, November 2008

'"A deserted potato field I sing": David Eder and modernist science', at The Modernist Atlantic: Modernist Magazines Conference, De Montfort University, July 2007

The Species of Origin, AHRC-funded seminar, Edinburgh College of Art (invited speaker and participant), September 2007

'The Thought-adventure? D.H. Lawrence and the meaning of consciousness today', at Return to Eastwood: 11th International D.H. Lawrence conference, University of Nottingham (Eastwood), August 2007

'49/51: Abstraction and the machine in "Democracy"', at D.H. Lawrence: New Directions, University of Manchester, May 2006

'Lawrence among the Machines', at Deleuze and Literature, University of Warwick Centre for Research in Philosophy and Literature, March 2006 (plenary)
'Looloo's chagrin, Mono's pretence: non-human human being in Women in Love', at 'Versions of D.H. Lawrence, modernism and the post-human', with Amit Chaudhuri, London Modernism Seminar, November 2006

'Posthuman D.H. Lawrence', D.H. Lawrence Society, Eastwood, October 2006


My current work as Chair of the British Association for Modernist Studies includes co-organising and participating in the 2017 BAMS international conference 'Modernist Life' (University of Birmingham, UK, 29th June-1st July) and two BAMS panels for the 'English: Shared Futures' conference (Newcastle upon Tyne, 5th-7th July 2017).

My main ongoing project is a research monograph, Abstraction: Human and Inhuman in the Literary and Visual Arts of Modernity, due for completion in 2018.

Over the course of 2017, two essays on D.H. Lawrence, science and technology are also projected, one for the edited volume D.H. Lawrence in Context, ed. Andrew Harrison (Cambridge University Press).


I joined Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2011, and became Professor of English in 2012. I teach modern and contemporary literature at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and lead the Arts and Humanities Research Group within Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy. My previous full-time positions were at Anglia Ruskin University, the University of Glamorgan, and Liverpool Polytechnic, and I have also taught at the Universities of Kent and Indiana, and for the Open University. I was a founding editor of the journal Key Words, and of the interdisciplinary book series Texts in Culture, which was re-published by Manchester University Press in 2013.

I am a specialist in modernism and contemporary literature. My main research specialism is in science and literature, dating back to my doctoral research on D.H. Lawrence and science. I have since published widely on Lawrence, including the 2005 book D.H. Lawrence, Science and the Posthuman. My interests in science and literature range from the writing of Darwin to that of the contemporary French novelist Michel Houellebecq. My current research projects include a monograph on abstraction as a critical concept across literature and the arts, and essays on Haruki Murakami, and on the interface between posthumanism and modernism. I welcome expressions of interest in postgraduate research in all of these areas, and in the work of D.H. Lawrence, a longstanding research specialism. I am also currently pursuing collaborative work and partnerships around the practical uses of literature for the purposes of individual and community health and well-being.

External Links

Chair of the British Association of Modernist Studies (BAMS), 2016-April 2017.

Elected Fellow of the English Association, 2015.

Associate of the Critical Posthumanism Network.

Further Information

Current teaching:
• Modernism to Postmodernism (from 2015, Modern and Contemporary Literature) (level 6)
• Writing the City (level 7)

Postgraduate research:
• Director of Studies for international PhDs on metaphor in representations of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the figure of the labyrinth in contemporary literature
• A member of supervisory teams for PhDs in Creative Writing, a case study of Port Talbot in relation to film and devolution, the Thames in late Victorian literary culture, and J.R.R. Tolkien