Francis O'Gorman (MA DPhil (Oxford) FSA FRHistS FEA)

Saintsbury Professor of English Literature


Francis O'Gorman is Saintsbury Professor of English Literature. Until August 2016 he worked at the University of Leeds where, from 2006, he held a personal chair in Victorian Literature. He was Head of the School of English from 2007-11 (one of the largest English departments in the UK) and before that directed the Leeds Humanities Research Institute, and, before that, served as the School of English's Director of Learning and Teaching. Prior to arriving in Leeds, he had been Lecturer in English Literature at Pembroke College Oxford, Senior Lecturer at Westminster College Oxford, and Research Fellow at what is now the University of Gloucestershire. 

From English, Irish, and Hungarian families, Francis O'Gorman took his undergraduate degree (double first) and doctorate from Lady Margaret Hall Oxford where he also served as the college's C.S. Deneke organ scholar, directing the college choir and playing the organ. He won the Violet Vaughan Morgan prize for English Literature in the University of Oxford as an undergraduate in 1987 (writing about Sir Walter Scott) and was an academic scholar in English Literature as both an undergraduate and graduate student. He is now a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, of the Royal Historical Society, and of the English Association, a Companion of the Guild of St George, and Honorary Professor in the Ruskin Library  and Research Centre at the University of Lancaster. He is a very active performing musician and writes and broadcasts widely on choral and organ music.


MA DPhil (Oxford) FRHistS FEA

Responsibilities & affiliations

UK (Ruskin) director, Victorian Lives and Letters Consortium

Co-convenor, the Ludgate Colloquiua in the City of London

Chairman: The Ruskin Society

Trustee: The Priory Church of the Holy Trinity, York

Editorial board member: The Journal of Victorian Culture, Carlyle Studies Annual, Ruskin Research and Review Bulletin

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I am a literary critic concerned with literature as the work of the imagination. I am willing to supervise work on many authors and topics in English and Irish literature, 1780-1920, and work on music and literature.

Current PhD students supervised

4 current PhD students; one current MSc by research.

Past PhD students supervised

I have had 21 successful doctoral students.

Project activity

Victorian Lives and Letters Consortium

Past project grants

Awards from the British Academy, the Italian Cultural Institute, the British Association for Victorian Studies, and the AHRC.

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