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James Underwood joined the University of Huddersfield in 2016 as Research Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Literature, having previously taught at the University of Hull and Bishop Grosseteste University. With Dr Steve Ely, he is responsible for developing the Ted Hughes Network, a major university initiative which seeks to become a centre of excellence for Hughes-related research, teaching, creativity, and public engagement.
James is the recipient of a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award for 2017-18. This award funds a 12-month project, ‘Literature and the Reading Public: Challenges and Opportunities’, which explores issues and ideas relevant to literary studies and public engagement. The project will provide training for a number of Early Career Researchers.
James is a Director of The Elmet Trust, a charity dedicated to promoting the birthplace and legacy of Ted Hughes. He is also Secretary of the Ted Hughes Yorkshire Literary and Heritage Trail Consortium.
2015 PhD, University of Hull
2012 MA Modern & Contemporary Literature, University of Hull
2011 BA English Literature, University of Durham
James’s research focuses on modern and contemporary poetry, particularly the work of Philip Larkin and Ted Hughes, as well as ideas relating to poetry, biography, and letter-writing. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in various journals and essay collections, and he is currently working on a monograph entitled Early Larkin. James reviews new work on twentieth-century poetry for Modern Language Review.
Underwood, J. and Weston, D. (2017) ‘'A Poetic Place': The Hull of Philip Larkin’. In: Hull: Culture, History, Place. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. pp. 259-261. ISBN 9781781384190
Underwood, J (2017) ‘Out of Place, Out of Time: Peter Didsbury's Hull’. In: Hull: Culture, History, Place. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. pp. 18-20. ISBN 9781781384190
Underwood, J (2017) ‘Review: Louis MacNeice and the Irish Poetry of his Time by Tom Walker’ Modern Language Review , 112 (2), pp. 503-504. ISSN 0026-7937
Underwood, J (2016) ‘Book review: Visionary Philology: Geoffrey Hill and the Study of Words by Matthew Sperling’ Modern Language Review , 111 (4), pp. 1131-1132. ISSN 0026-7937
Underwood, J (2016) ‘Review: 'Poetry and Principles': Philip Larkin's Poetics: Theory and Practice of an English Post-war Poet by István D. Rácz’ About Larkin: The Journal of the Philip Larkin Society , 42, pp. 27-29. ISSN 1362-542X
Underwood, J (2016) ‘'A Kind of Homosexual Relation, Disguised': Larkin's Letters to Monica Jones’ English , 65 (248), pp. 38-57. ISSN 0013-8215
Underwood, J (2014) ‘Book Review: 'Only Connect': Belonging and Estrangement in the Poetry of Philip Larkin, R. S. Thomas and Charles Causley by Rory Waterman’ About Larkin: The Journal of the Philip Larkin Society , 38, pp. 28-29. ISSN 1362-542X
Underwood, J (2014) ‘Larkin's 'Church Going': A Source’ Notes and Queries , 61 (1), pp. 146-148. ISSN 0029-3970
James Underwood is happy to supervise research degrees (MRes, PhD) in the following areas: