My doctoral dissertation is about how philology mediated language and knowledge in Britain between 1750 and 1916. I show philology to be the field which gave form to (or formed) the relation between knowledge and language.

In 1750, philology was about the progress of knowledge, and only dealt incidentally with language. The study of language became a philological function by the beginning of the nineteenth century, with the realisation that languages’ forms bore traces of their speakers’ original, prehistoric knowledge.

Philology profoundly affected two fields: poetry and evolutionary theory. Poetry variously remediated philology (and vice versa) in line with philology’s capacity to mediate knowledge and language. In evolutionary theory the form of linguistic evolution was applied to the linguistic creature himself: man.

Philology rose in the eighteenth century and fell in the twentieth in tandem with the possibility of formally relating knowledge and language.



In progress

‘From Knowledge to Language: The Meaning of Philologybefore William Jones’, journal article


Talks

2019. ‘Translation in Practice’, Experimental Translational Practices and Translingual Traces in Art, Writing, and Performance, Boston University, Sep 26

2019. ‘Troubling Mediation: Philological Poetry and the Academy’, British Association of Modernist Studies, Jun 20

2019. ‘Reflux Philology: From Knowledge to Language; Or, There and Back Again’, MLA, Jan 3–6

2018. ‘Eighteenth-Century Philology; Or, How to Reconcile the Universal and the Particular’, Eighteenth-Century Literature Colloquium, New York University, Oct 18

2018. ‘Philology’, Keywords: Coming to Terms with the Environmental Humanities, Royal Holloway University of London, Feb 20

2017. ‘At the Traverse of the Wall: Archaeological Transformations in David Jones and Thomas Percy’, Theoretical Archaeology Group, Dec 18–20

2017. ‘Hugh MacDiarmid, Translation, and History’, Northeast MLA, Mar 23–26

2017. ‘Whither the Caesura: The Question of “Scoto-Saxon” in the Eighteenth Century’, MLA, Jan 5–8

2016. ‘Unreading the Fragment’, Poetry and Political Theory: The Bureau of Imaginative Proposals, The New School, Apr 23

2015. ‘Countertranslations: Ezra Pound’s Provencal English Gesnings’, Modernist Studies Association, Nov 19–22

2014. ‘A Terrible Beauty is Born: Transformations, Complicity, and Anglo-Irishness in W. B. Yeats’s “Easter 1916”’, Transformations, University College London, May 30