Professor Elisabeth Jay

Professor Emerita of English Literature

School of English and Modern Languages

Elisabeth Jay


Elisabeth Jay's interests lie predominantly in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: she has published widely on fiction, prose and poetry of this period. Her most recent book is  'British Writers and Paris 1830-1875' (OUP, 2016).  Among the Victorian women writers upon whom she has worked, she has a particular interest in Margaret Oliphant whose biography she has written and whose autobiography she has edited. She is also joint general editor of a 25 volume Pickering & Chatto series devoted to Oliphant’s works. Her other major interest is the interdisciplinary area of literature and theology in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: she is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology.

In genre terms she is particularly interested in fiction, biography and autobiography and the permeable boundaries between these. Her theoretical interests are mainly located in feminist and gender studies. She has taught in Northern Ireland, France, Belgium and the USA as well as in Oxford.



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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Former Chair of the Council for College and University English
  • Fellow of the English Association
  • Fellow of the American Society for the Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture
  • Executive committee member for the International Association of University Professors of English and the British Association of Victorian Studies

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Press, publicity and reviews


On the Advisory Boards of Literature Theology (OUP); English (OUP); Studies in Browning and His Circle; E-Rea Review (University of Aix en Provence, research laboratory journal) and Miranda (University of Toulouse Le Mirail, research laboratory journal).