Professor Jeff Wallace

​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Position:​Professor Emeritus
​School:​ Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy
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• 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:
‘”The Art of Living”: D.H. Lawrence’s Technologies of the Self’, D.H. Lawrence, Technology, and Modernity, ed. Indrek Manniste (New York and London: Bloomsbury, 2019), pp.115-126.

‘Science and Technology’, D.H. Lawrence in Context, ed. Andrew Harrison (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), pp.232-241.

'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:
The Death of Interest: D.H. Lawrence, Geoff Dyer and Literary Tourism’, D.H. Lawrence Review 43:1-2 (2018), pp.4-24.

'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):

‘"The great mass of humanity should never learn to read and write – never”’, Troublesome Modernisms, British Association of Modernist Studies conference, University of London, June 2019 

‘A Question concerning Technics: D.H. Lawrence’s “Education of the People”’, 2019 International D.H. Lawrence Conference, Universite Paris X (Nanterre), April 2019

‘Woolf and Criticism in the time of Post-Critique: “How Should One Read A Book?”’, Virginia Woolf, Europe and Peace, 2018 International Virginia Woolf Conference, University of Kent, June 2018

Respondent to Rosi Braidotti plenary, Virginia Woolf, Europe and Peace, 2018 International Virginia Woolf Conference, University of Kent, June 2018 (plenary)

‘Aesthetically Dead? The Encounter with Abstraction’, London Modernism Seminar (with Rita Felski), November 2017 (plenary)

‘The Art of Living: D.H. Lawrence and Health’, D.H. Lawrence Birthday Lecture, D.H. Lawrence Society, Eastwood, September 2017 (plenary)

‘What do we want from abstraction?’, Landscape to Abstraction, MOMA Machynlleth, June 2017 (plenary)

‘The Art of Living: D.H. Lawrence’s Technologies of the Self’, Modernist Life, British Association of Modernist Studies, University of Birmingham, June 2017

'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


Abstraction in Modernism and Modernity: Human and Inhuman (forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press)

Co-editor with Andy Mousley of book series New Literary Theory (Routledge)

Forthcoming essays on Virginia Woolf and post-critique, D.H. Lawrence and painterly criticism, D.H. Lawrence and technics


I joined Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2011, and became Professor of English in 2012. 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 now co-editing, with Andy Mousley, the book series New Literary Theory for Routledge.

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 revolve around the theoretical dialogue between humanism and posthumanism, and range from the writing of Darwin to that of the contemporary French novelist Michel Houellebecq. My current research projects is a monograph on abstraction as a critical concept in modernism across literature and the arts

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

   Postgraduate research:
• Director of Studies for PhDs on heterotopia in the fiction of Haruki Murakami, and metaphor in representations of the Arab-Israeli conflict.