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Durham University

Department of English Studies


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Professor Jason Harding, PhD (Cantab)

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Jason Harding received his doctorate from King's College, Cambridge, and joined the Department of English Studies at Durham in 2006. He has published extensively on modern literature and intellectual history. He is the author of The Criterion: Cultural Politics and Periodical Networks in Interwar Britain (OUP 2002), co-editor of T. S. Eliot and the Concept of Tradition (CUP 2007), editor of Ford Madox Ford, Modernist Magazines and Editing (Rodopi 2010), T. S. Eliot in Context (CUP 2011), and The New Cambridge Companion to T. S. Eliot (CUP 2016). As a member of the T. S. Eliot Editorial Project, funded by a major AHRC award (total value £985,000), he was responsible for editing a 1000-page volume in the award-winning, fully annotated The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot (Faber/ Johns Hopkins UP). He has been commissioned by Princeton UP to write the first book-length study of CIA-funded Encounter magazine. 

At Durham, I have supervised successful PhD dissertations on "The British Short Story of the First World War", "Chivalry in Literature and Propaganda of the First World War", "T. S. Eliot: Turning Darkness into Light", "Humility and Humiliation in the Works of T. S. Eliot and Samuel Beckett", "Hart Crane and the Little Magazine", "Modernist Poetics of Climate Change" and "Mid Twentieth-Century Dystopian Fiction and Political Thought". Current PhD students include: Suzannah Evans, Neilson Mackay-of-Ardoch, Duygu Senocak, Mika Vale. I welcome PhD research proposals on all aspects of twentieth-century literature and intellectual history. I was the Durham lead in the AHRC Collaborative Skills Development Grant "WISE - What is Scholarly Editing?", and the AHRC-funded Network "The New Modernist Editing". I am an Associate Director and a founding member of the Durham Centre for Modern Conflicts and Cultures .

Research Groups

  • Critical Theory
  • Editing, Bibliography and History of the Book
  • Twentieth-Century Studies

Selected Publications

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  • Harding, J. (2018). Fragments Shored against Ruin: Reassembling The Waste Land . In The Life of Texts: Evidence in Textual Production, Transmission and Reception. Caruso, C. London: Bloomsbury. 191-203, 237-238.
  • Harding, J. (2017). 'Our Greatest Asset':Encounter Magazine and the Congress for Cultural Freedom. In Campaigning Culture and the Global Cold War: The Journals of the Congress for Cultural Freedom. Lerg, Charlotte & Scott-Smith, Giles Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 107-125.
  • Harding, J. (2016). Unravelling Eliot. In The New Cambridge Companion to T. S. Eliot. Harding, J. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1-25.
  • Harding, J. (2015). Later Eliot and Pound. In A History of Modernist Poetry. Davis, A. & Jenkins, L. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 398-416.
  • Harding, J. (2012). The Myth of Venice in the Decline of Eliot and Pound. In Venice and the Cultural Imagination. O'Neill, M., Sandy, M. & Wootton, S. London: Pickering & Chatto. 141-155; 193-196.
  • Harding, J. (2010). 'Modernist and Modern Poetry: an overview'. In The Cambridge History of English Poetry. O'Neill, M. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 725-745.
  • Harding, J. (2009). The Idea of a Literary Review: T. S. Eliot and the Criterion. In The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines: Volume 1, Britain and Ireland 1880-1955. Brooker, P. & Thacker, A. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1: 346-363.
  • Harding, J. (2007). 'Empson and the Gifts of China.'. In Some Versions of Empson.. Bevis, M. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 84-103.
  • Harding, J. (2007). Modernist Poetry and the Canon. In The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Poetry. Davis, A. & Jenkins, L. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 225-243.

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