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Tim Milnes obtained his MA in English and Philosophy from St Andrews University (1992) and his DPhil from St Hugh's College, Oxford (1997). While still a doctoral student he was a Lecturer in English at Christ Church University College, Canterbury (1995-98). From 1998 to 2001 he was British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at University College, Oxford. He has published articles on Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Jeremy Bentham, William Hazlitt, Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Wordsworth, and Charles Lamb, and is the author of Knowledge and Indifference in English Romantic Prose (Cambridge University Press, 2003), William Wordsworth: The Prelude (Palgrave, 2009) and The Truth about Romanticism: Pragmatism and Idealism in Keats, Shelley, Coleridge (Cambridge University Press, 2010). He is the co-editor, with Kerry Sinanan, of Romanticism, Sincerity, and Authenticity (Palgrave, 2010) and is a consulting editor for the journal Hazlitt Studies.
I welcome research proposals at MScR or PhD level on any aspect of romantic literature and culture, as well as projects on the 'long' eighteenth century, particularly those pursuing an interdisciplinary approach. I have supervised PhD and MScR projects on topics such as Byron and the book trade, Wordsworth and education, romanticism and genre, the Lyrical Ballads and the German tour of 1798-99, romantic confessional literature, romantic concepts of space and performativity, and the idea of China in late eighteenth-century and early nineteenth-century literature.
My current British Academy-funded research project, provisionally titled The Testimony of Experience: Hume, Trust and the Enlightenment Essay, is a study of the ideas of trust and intersubjectivity from the publication of David Hume’s Treatise in 1739-40 to the familiar essays of William Hazlitt in the 1820s. The book identifies three ‘turns’ in empiricism around this time -- linguistic, pragmatic, and aesthetic -- which, taken together, constitute a radical departure from Lockean representationalism. These ‘turns’ are spurred by new thinking about the relationship between truth, language, intersubjectivity, and creativity. The book traces the legacy of this socialised form of empiricism to modern developments in pragmatics, speech-act theory and pragmatist philosophy. I am also writing the volume on Romanticism for the Palgrave series Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism.
'Ideology and Literature' (Year 3 Autumn Option)
''Metaphysics and Melancholy: Literature/Philosophy 1689-1764' (Year 3 Spring Core)
'Literature in the Age of Terror' (Year 4 Autumn Core)
'The Literary Absolute' (MSc Option)
This article was published on Nov 26, 2012