Dr Ben Westwood

College Lecturer in English

Ben teaches literature in English from 1800 to present at St Edmund Hall, as well as at Magdalen College and University College. He was educated at Lady Margaret Hall, the University of York, and Wadham College.

Most of Ben’s research is focused on the nineteenth century, though he does range farther afield from time to time. He recently completed a doctorate, which considered the influence of classification and taxonomy on the representation of animals in Victorian literature. As an offshoot of this interest in animals, he co-edited a collection of essays with Emelia Quinn entitled Thinking Veganism in Literature and Culture (Palgrave, 2018) — the first such work to consider veganism as a theoretical lens for work in the humanities. He also has ongoing research interests in nonsense and comic literature, queer theory, and the idea of pleasure in the arts.

  • ‘Humans, and Other Nonsense Animals’, in The Edinburgh Companion to Nonsense, eds. James Williams and Anna Barton (EUP, forthcoming)
  • Thinking Veganism in Literature and Culture: Towards a Vegan Theory, co-ed. with Emelia Quinn (Palgrave, 2018)
  • ‘Edward Lear’s Dancing Lines’, Essays in Criticism 67.4 (2017)

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