Dr Williams is a Visiting Fellow at Keble for Hilary term.

His interests lie in Victorian and modern poetry, nonsense, literary form, and reception and he will be working with Prof. Matt Bevis. He intends to use the fellowship to advance his forthcoming book Myths of Poetry in Nineteenth-Century Britain and to work on an edited collection Poetic Allusion in the Nineteenth Century (co-edited with Jane Wright). James also has a third book project, The Ends of Wit, building on his published article ‘Dorothy Parker at her Wit’s End’. During his time at Keble he hopes to engage with the Fellows and students, and participate in the Salutation & Cat Reading Group, Poets at Keble and the Painting and Poetry seminar. He’s also intending to hold a workshop, one in a series of conversations between practitioners of close reading and analytic philosophy.