Dr John Lee

B.A.(Cantab.), Ph.D.(Bristol)

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I have been teaching at Bristol since the early 1990s, but have also been a lecturer, associate and assistant professor since that time at, respectively, the University of Newcastle, Japan Women's University, Tokyo, and ICU, Tokyo. (I am glad to give advice - and encouragement - to anyone thinking of going to Japan to lecture or teach.)

At present I am the Programme Director for the intercalated BA in Medical Humanities.

Recently taught courses include:

  • Approaches to Poetry
  • Approaches to Shakespeare
  • Literature 2: 1500 to 1700
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Shakespeare's Sonnets
  • Literature and Medicine
  • MA in English Literature: Shakespeare, and Modern and Contemporary Poetry pathways.

I would be happy to supervise PhDs in the areas of Shakespeare, Spenser, Jonson and Kipling.



My main areas of research interest are Shakespeare, English Renaissance Literature, Literature and Medicine and, increasingly, Kipling. Some representative publications include Edmund Spenser's Shorter Poems: A Selection (London: Everyman, 1998), Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' and the Controversies of Self (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2000), 'Kipling's Shakespearean Traffic and Discoveries' (Shakespeare Survey, Japan 2003), 'Twins and Doubles as an Aspect of Shakespeare's Pluralism' (Shakespeare International Yearbook 2004), 'Reanimating Criticism: Towards a Materialist Shakespeare' (English 2004), 'Shakespeare and the Great War' (Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry 2007), 'Shakespeare, Human Nature, and English Literature' (Shakespeare 2009), 'Kipling and Creativity', Essays in Criticism, 62.3 (July 2012), King Demos and His Laureate: 'Rudyard Kipling's "The White Man's Burden," Transatlanticism, and the Newspaper Poem', Media History (2014).

Some recent keynotes and invited papers include 'Shakespeare, Jonson and Friendship' (London Shakespeare Seminar, University of London, 2010), 'Multi-disciplinary Study: The Case of Kipling' (ICU, Tokyo, 2010), '"The Absent-minded Beggar": A Case-History of a Fund-raising Campaign of the South African War' (Voluntary Agency History Society, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, 2010), ' "That trunk of humours": Shakespeare, Galen and Friendship' ('Shakespeare and Early Modern Emotion' Conference, Andrew Marvell Centre, Hull 2011), 'Kipling and Literary Afghanistan' ('International Kipling' Conference, Institute of English Studies, 2011), 'The writer is indebted to the Pioneer and Civil and Military Gazette': Kipling, Newspapers, and Poetry' ('Yeats and Kipling: Retrospectives, Perspectives' Conference, Delhi, Rajkot and Shimla, 2015).

I organized a Special Session at the 2015 MLA on 'Newspapers as a Poetic Medium, 1880-1900'.



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