Professor Jason Hall

Research interests

  • Victorian Literature and Culture
  • Poetry, Poetics and Historical Prosody
  • Literature and Science
  • Seamus Heaney
  • Modern Irish Poetry 

Jason's research focuses on the literary and cultural history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with a particular emphasis on poetry and ‘historical prosody’. He has published widely on Seamus Heaney and Victorian poetry and poetics.

His first monograph, Seamus Heaney’s Rhythmic Contract, was published in 2009 by Palgrave Macmillan, and he co-edited the 2007 collection Seamus Heaney: Poet, Critic, Translator with Ashby Bland Crowder. Meter Matters: Verse Cultures of the Long Nineteenth Century, a compilation of new essays, was published in 2011 by Ohio University Press. He also organised the related conference 'Meter Matters: New Approaches to Prosody, 1780-1914' with Exeter's Centre for Victorian Studies in 2008. Decadent Poetics: Literature and Form at the British Fin de Siecle, co-edited with Alex Murray, appeared in 2013 with Palgrave Macmillan as part of Joseph Bristow's Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture series. Together with colleague Dr Alex Murray, he organised the conference 'Decadent Poetics' in 2011 as part of this research. Jason's edition of Jezebel's Daughter, an 1880 novel by Wilkie Collins, was published by Oxford University Press in 2016 as part of the Oxford World's Classics series. Research for this edition  was supported by a one-month fellowship at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin. His most recent book Nineteenth-Century Verse and Technology: Machines of Meter (2017) is published by Palgrave Macmillan, also in Bristow's series.  

Jason was the recipient of an AHRC Science in Culture Innovation Award to support restoration work on a one-of-a-kind verse composition device from the 1840s. Jason is interested in questions of rhythm more generally and in related issues of elocution, voice science and sound technologies of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Jason's articles have appeared in the journals Configurations, Nineteenth-Century Literature, Victorian Poetry, James Joyce Quarterly and Literature Compass, and he serves as a reader for a number of peer-reviewed journals and well-known publishing houses.