Professor Jeff Wallace 




Professor of Education

School: Cardiff School of Education
Telephone:   029 2041 7102
Room No:  C015


• MSA (Modernist Studies Association)
• BAMS (British Association of Modernist Studies)
• BSLS (British Society for Literature and Science)
• Raymond Williams Society
• Welsh Network of Modernist Studies

Research Interests:
• D.H. Lawrence
• 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:
‘T.H. Huxley, Science and Cultural Agency’, Darwin, Tennyson and Their Readers, ed. Valerie Purton (Anthem Press, 2013) (forthcoming)

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

'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:
‘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 2005)
‘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

'Victorian/Posthuman: Deleuze and Guattari's Samuel Butler', at Victorians in the Long View: Contrasts and Continuities, British Association of Victorian Studies Conference 2005, University of Gloucestershire, September 2005

'New materialisms? Franzen, Houellebecq and science', at The 21st Century Novel: Reading and Writing Contemporary Fiction, University of Lancaster, September 200 


At this year’s 15th  conference of the Modernist Studies Association (University of Sussex, August-September 2013), Everydayness and the Event, I am the organiser and leader of a seminar on ‘Modernism, Interest and Uninterest’.

I am the organiser of an international conference on the work of the novelist and art critic John Berger, Thinking with John Berger, to be held at Cardiff Metropolitan on 4-5th September 2014, and in collaboration with Cardiff School of Art and Design. Keynote speakers are Professor Bruce Robbins (Columbia) and Professor Peter de Bolla (Cambridge). A call for papers will be issued in Autumn 2013.

On 19th March 2014, I will give an open inaugural/professorial lecture at Cardiff Metropolitan. The lecture draws on my research in literature and science over a number of years, and the title is Literature and Science beyond the Two Cultures.

I have initiated a cross-University discussion group around literature for health and well-being, with the aim of exploring the therapeutic potential of literary texts in group situations both within and outside the University. 


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. 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 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 most recent essay, ‘T.H. Huxley, Science and Cultural Agency’, reads Huxley’s work in the light of the recent so-called ‘science wars’, a subject I will return to from a slightly different angle in my forthcoming inaugural lecture (March 2014). I am particularly interested in theories of the ‘posthuman’ condition, and in the critical dialogue between humanism and posthumanism. These interests have led me to the subject of my next book, which will be an intellectual and cultural history of the concept of abstraction since modernism.

I welcome expressions of interest in PhD research in all of the above areas. In addition, I am developing new projects on John Berger and on the fiction of Haruki Murakami, and would similarly welcome enquiries about postgraduate research on these writers.

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

Currently an external examiner in English at the universities of Leeds, Keele and De Montfort.

Forthcoming (winter 2013) PhD external examinership at Oxford University.

Currently working on an essay on the fiction of Haruki Murakami for a new publication with Bloomsbury/Continuum, edited by Dr Sebastian Groes (Roehampton University) and Dr Heather Yeung (University of Durham), and on an essay on D.H. Lawrence and Cézanne for the French journal Etudes Lawrenciennes, edited by Dr Ginette Roy.

In preparation for the 2014 conference Thinking with John Berger I will be working with a network of Berger scholars in Europe and the US as well as the UK.

Further Information

Current teaching:
•Critical approaches (level 4)
•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 use of podcasts in Arab EFL language learning
•A member of supervisory teams for PhDs in Creative Writing, Edward Bond and the representation of the child, the Thames in late Victorian literary culture, and J.R.R. Tolkien