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Matthew Bevis

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Academic Position:
Professor of English Literature
Research Interests:
19th and 20th centuries

Matthew Bevis is Professor of English Literature and Fellow at Keble College, Oxford. His books include The Art of Eloquence: Byron, Dickens, Tennyson, Joyce (OUP, 2007), Some Versions of Empson, ed. (OUP, 2007), and Comedy: A Very Short Introduction (2012). His essays have appeared in the London Review of Books, Harper’s, Raritan, and Poetry magazine, and he has recently finished a book entitled Wordsworth’s Fun. He is currently working on two books: Knowing Edward Lear (for OUP), and On Wonder (for Harvard UP).

Image licence:
Public Domain

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# Title Description Contributor
1 Edward Lear's Vision

A talk given at the Ashmolean Museum on Edward Lear’s life, art, and poetry. Edward Lear’s...

Matthew Bevis
2 Edward Lear's Feelings: Weeping

'He weeps by the side of the ocean, He weeps on the top of the hill', the poet wrote of himself...

Matthew Bevis, Jasmine Jagger
3 Edward Lear's Feelings: Laughter

Lear once spoke of 'this ludicrously whirligig life which one suffers from first and laughs at...

Matthew Bevis, Jasmine Jagger
4 Edward Lear's Feelings: Disgust

This programme explores appetite, desire, and disgust in Lear. It studies a range of limericks...

Matthew Bevis, Jasmine Jagger
5 Edward Lear's Feelings: Wonder

This programme examines different meanings of 'wonder' in Lear - as both a positive and a...

Matthew Bevis, Jasmine Jagger
6 Edward Lear's Feelings: Introduction

This programme introduces Lear and outlines the structure of the programmes. Each episode will...

Matthew Bevis, Jasmine Jagger
# Resource Title Description Contributor
1 Edward Lear's Lines of Flight

The Chatterton Lecture on Poetry, 'Edward Lear's Lines of Flight', delivered by Professor...

Matthew Bevis
2 Paintings, Parrots and Poetry: The Life of Edward Lear

A live event recorded at the Natural History Museum with Matthew Bevis.

Matthew Bevis