Victorian literature; poetry of the long nineteenth century; literary form and epistemology; literature and philosophy; literature and theology; literature and psychology; the Victorian reception of the Renaissance; dream literature.
Violet and Ian Campbell Research Fellow
Fergus McGhee is a Junior Research Fellow at St Catharine’s College. He works on Victorian literature, especially poetry and its interactions with philosophy, theology, and psychology. His current research looks at the diverse ways in which poets in the Victorian period imagined the experience of knowing: as consolation or trap, encounter or possession, stimulus or hindrance to inquiry. Fergus has undergraduate degrees in Theology (from Cambridge) and English literature (from Oxford). He subsequently completed an MPhil in modern literature at Cambridge and wrote his doctoral thesis at Oxford, both supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Fergus recently won the Review of English Studies Essay Prize for his work on the poet A. H. Clough and has been a regular contributor to the ‘Poem of the Week’ series in the Times Literary Supplement.
‘Clough, Emerson, and Knowingness’, Review of English Studies 71.300 (2020): 413-32. ‘Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Déjà Vu’, Victorian Studies 62.1 (2019): 61-84.
Review of English Studies Essay Prize, 2019; Members’ English Prize for best MPhil dissertation, 2017 (Faculty of English, Cambridge); Gibbs Prize for best performance in the Final Honours School of English, 2016 (Faculty of English, Oxford).