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Dr Michael D. Hurley


Subject: English

My research tends to fall within the long nineteenth century, but also ranges before and after this period. I am interested in matters of literary form and style, especially in how such qualities of 'literariness' can enable writers to say, think or do things that could not otherwise be said, thought or done. Much of my published work has therefore an interdisciplinary edge to it, drawing on philosophy and theology to explore connections between how books and poems make us feel and what they make us think. Above all, my research is directed towards ultimate questions and questions of value.
College Lecturer; Director of Studies in English
University Reader in Literature and Theology

Educated at the Universities of Cambridge (PhD) and St Andrews (MA), and at Stonyhurst College: Michael D. Hurley has taught English at Cambridge since 2005, he was a Visiting Scholar in the English Department at Harvard in 2008-2009, and he has also lived and worked in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (1994-1995), Hiroshima, Japan (1999-2000), and Savannah, USA (2017-2018). He has been appointed as the Wordsworth Crausaz Interdisciplinary Fellow in Philosophy for Lent 2019, having previously been an Early Career Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) in 2008.

For more information see my personal website

  • Faith in Poetry: Verse Style as a Mode of Religious Belief (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017)
  • G. K. Chesterton (Plymouth: Northcote House/British Council, 2012)
  • Poetic Form: an Introduction, co-authored with Michael O’Neill (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
  • Thinking Through Style. Co-edited with Marcus Waithe (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018)
  • The Complete Father Brown Stories. Edited and Introduced (Penguin Classics, 2012)