Dr Michael Hurley

My work extends across the long nineteenth century, and into Modernism. I am especially interested in questions of literary form and style, on the crossover of literary studies with philosophy, theology and stylistics, and on the connections between how books and poems make us feel and what they make us think.
University Lecturer in English

Dr Hurley is currently working on a number of projects, including: a book on the history of poetics; a co-edited collection of essays on the non-fiction prose styles of the long nineteenth century; a collection of essays on Victorian poetry; and a book on how and why five poets (Blake, Hopkins, Christina Rossetti, Tennyson and T. S. Eliot) chose to express and explore their religious faith through verse.

  • Poetic Form: an Introduction, co-authored with Michael O’Neill (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
  • GK Chesterton (Plymouth: Northcote House/British Council, 2012)
  • The Complete Father Brown Stories. Edited and Introduced (Penguin Classics, 2012)
  • Faith in Poetry: Verse Style as a Mode of Religious Belief (Bloomsbury Academic, forthcoming)
  • To view a short, informal account of some of my research, see pages 28-31 of CAM magazine issue 69, here