He is interested in interdisciplinary approaches, especially in literature, politics and the visual arts, but his principal fields to date have been Wordsworth and Ruskin, most recently in relation to religion, medicine, the Gothic, visual culture, and education. He would be keen to work with research students who shared his present focus on sacred geographies, Romantic anti-capitalism, cultural tourism and travel writing.
Keith Hanley studied English at Lincoln College, Oxford (MA, B.Litt). At Lancaster (Ph.D) he founded the Wordsworth Centre, which he directed from 1988-2000, and initiated the transfer of the John Howard Whitehouse Ruskin Collections from Bembridge school, directing the Ruskin Centre at Lancaster from 2000-2008. From 1994 he has co-edited the quarterly Nineteenth Century Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Journal (published by Routledge since 2002), currently with David Thomas. He has held posts at a number of European universities and at Notre Dame, Indiana.
Since 1991 he has been a permanent member of the executive board of the American organisation, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS), which holds annual conferences throughout the United States and occasionally in Europe. He serves on the advisory board of Anglica: An International Journal of English Studies, Warsaw. His interest in nineteenth-century interdisciplinary studies is reflected in many edited collections of essays, for example, (with Ray Selden) Revolution and English Romanticism: Politics and Rhetoric, Prentice Hall/Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1990, (with Tony Pinkney and Fred Botting) Romanticism Theory Gender, Ryburn Publishing/Keele University Press, 1995, (with Alison Milbank) From Lancaster to the Lakes: The Region in LIterature, NWRS, 1992, and three collections on Ruskin, Art and Society. With Greg Kucich he co-edited the collection Nineteenth Century Worlds: Global Formations Past and Present (Routledge, 2008).
Professor Hanley is a Fellow of the English Association and of The Royal Society of Arts. He is appointed as a trustee and director of the Catholic National Library and Shakespeare North Trust. Since 2001, he has served as the Master of the Northern Catholic Writers' Guild of St Francis.
Professor Hanley lectures and teaches on undergraduate courses on Victorian Literature and British Romanticism, and contributes the module on Literature and Place to the nineteenth-century M.A.
He has written widely on Wordsworth from a historicist and psycholinguistic point of view, including a monograph, Wordsworth: A Poet's History (Palgrave, 2001), and articles and chapters, of which the following are a selection:
His Ruskin researches produced related articles and chapters, including:
He became the Principal Investigator for the AHRC project, 'John Ruskin, Cultural Travel and Popular Access', 2005-8, supported by a Research Associate in co-operation with research colleagues at Salford and Leeds Metropolitan Universities. He has also co-edited with Rachel Dickinson the essay collection Ruskin's Struggle for Coherence (Cambridge Scholars' Press, 2006; republished in paperback, 2008); written a monograph, John Ruskin's Northern Tours 1837-1838: Travelling North (Mellen Press, 2007);co-edited with Rachel Dickinson a special issue of Prose Studies, 'Nineteenth-Century Cultural Travel', November 2009; and co-authored, with John Walton, the book Constructing Cultural Travel: John Ruskin and the Direction of the Tourist Gaze (Channel View, 2011).
His long-standing interest in scholarly editing, textual criticism and bibliography has informed the following works:
A collection on theory and practice, Romantic Revisions, with Robert Brinkley (Cambridge University Press, 1992); critical editions of George Meredith and W.S.Landor (Carcanet, 1984/88 and 1981/88), and Joanna Baillie: A Selection of Plays and Poems, edited with Amanda Gilroy (Pickering and Chatto, 2002); An Annotated Critical Bibliography of William Wordsworth (Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1995); 'Textual Issues and a Guide to Further Reading' in The Cambridge Companion to Wordsworth, edited Stephen Gill (Cambridge University Press, 2003); and the entries on 'Wordsworth' and 'Landor' in The Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, 3rd. edn., edited byJoanne Shattock (Cambridge University Press, 2000). He was Lead Investigator and Consultant Textual Editor for The Electronic Edition of John Ruskin's Modern Painters I, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, 2000 - 2002. http://www.lancs.ac.uk/users/ruskin/empi/index.html
'Romanticism and Revolution', Lancaster University, July 12-14, 1989.
'John Ruskin: The Brantwood Years', University of Lancaster, 18th - 20th July, 2000.
AHRC colloquia (with Richel Dickinson, Brian Maidment and John Walton):
AHRC conference, with Rachel Dickinson:
He is currently preparing an edition of John Ruskin's Continental Tour, 1835: The Written Records and Drawings, assisted by an MHRA Research Associate, Dr Caroline S. Hull, to be published by Maney 2013, and working on a writing project on Sacred Geographies of the Nineteenth Century.
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