Dr. Jasmine Jagger

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Personal profile


B.A. (Hons.) in English Language and Literature (Cambridge)

M.St. in English Language and Literature, 1800-1914 (Oxford)

Ph.D. in English Literature (Cambridge)


Present activity

I was appointed an Leverhulme Early Career Fellow of the Department of English and Creative Writing in September 2020. My research project, Radical Rhymesters: the Female Comic Spirit in Victorian Verse, explores overlooked senses of humour in nineteenth-century women poets.  Part of this involves an extensive database of humorous poems by women of the era on various topics from politics, science, and religion to marriage, domestic life, and working life. This will be released in June 2022.

My first book, Rhythms of Feeling in Edward Lear, T. S. Eliot, and Stevie Smith is forthcoming in February 2022 with Oxford University Press. In my reader report for this monograph I was described as "one of the most exciting literary formalists currently writing".

I am also working on a British Academy and Society of Authors funded edition of the largely unpublished correspondence between Edward Lear and the Tennysons, co-edited by Professor Peter Swaab (UCL) for Oxford University Press c. 2023. My online exhibition with Lincolnshire County Heritage ('Learical Tennysons') of some of these materials can be found here

Past activity

Between 2017 and 2018, I was a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of Oxford on an AHRC Leadership Award led by Professor Matthew Bevis entitled Knowing Edward Lear. Between 2018-2020 I was a Stipendiary Lecturer in English at Jesus College and Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford.

I have published essays in Romanticism (listed as one of the journal's 'most read articles' in 2019), Victorian PoetryLiterary Imagination, The Cambridge Quarterly and Apollo art magazine. I have co-edited a Special Issue for Victorian Poetry called New Work on Edward Lear. My video podcast series 'Edward Lear's Feelings' for Great Writers Inspire at the University of Oxford can be found here


For the Department, I teach on the BA Victorian Literature and Children's Literature modules, and the MA Children's Literature course.

As a Lecturer at Oxford, I was responsible for the teaching of several first-year cohorts and dissertations across all three years of the BA in English.

Consultancy work

I am a Screenwriter represented by Casarotto Ramsay. I have advised on and edited high-profile adaptations for Radio, Television, and Film. For more information, please see my website.

External positions

Eleanor M. Garvey Fellow in Printing and Graphic Arts, Houghton Library, Harvard