Jeremy Tambling, writer and critic, Honorary Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Hong Kong.

University Education
B.A. – University of York, English Literature.

M.Phil – Nottingham University 1969-71; “The Intellectual and Cultural Milieu of Dickens’s Novels”: degree 1973.
PhD – Essex University 1982-4;  “Vo significando: The Heuristic Art of Dante’s Commedia”- degree 1985.

Most recent position: Professor of Literature, Manchester University (position taken February 1, 2006 – December 2013: retired) and Michaelmas Term 2009: Visiting Fellow, St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

Recent Activities:


He is continuing his  work on Dante with ongoing work on Paradiso, and following two books on time and anachroniity, Becoming Posthumous and On Anachronism, he is planning a third which will sort out his ideas on temporality and time, drawing on Bernard Stiegler as a starting-point for debate.

Other articles and commissioned book and reviews and conferences ongoing or in press:

July 2016: Keynote speaker at 5th International Gissing Conference, Bristol, ‘Gissing and Place’

University of Vechta, Germany: June 2016: Appointment in English Department, teaching Bleak House as a third-year undergraduate course for credit.

NTUT: May 2016: ‘What is Natural History?: Adorno and Benjamin

NTUT: The work of Bernard Stiegler (lecture to MA class)

National Taiwan University, May 2016: ‘Victorian Philosophies of Furniture’ (paper read to research seminar)

Warsaw University, March 2016: ‘Victorian Philosophies of Furniture’ (lecture to English Studies Reading-group)

Sept 2015: ‘Dante, Eliot, Leavis’ – keynote lecture to the F.R. Leavis and T.S. Eliot Society, Cambridge University, Downing College.

Sept 2015: ‘Why Ruskin Hated Iron’, keynote at Conference at Warsaw University, ‘Queen Anne to Queen Victoria’

March 28 2015: Rochester, Guildhall Museum: Dickens Symposium, talking on Dickens and Turner.

March 13, 2015: St Andrews University: Lecture on Convivio 3, in their Lectura Dantis Andreapolitana series

March 12, 2015: Lecture to Rose Bruford Residential School for Opera (Salford), Ambiguity in Dream-Interpretation: Verdi and Wagner

December 11 2014: Royal Holloway College, London, Victorian Studies Centre: Paper on Ruskin, Turner, and Dickens,

December 4 2014: Paper: ‘On Soliloquy’, Hang Seng Management College, Hong Kong

December 1: 2014: Paper on Translation, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

November 28-29, 2014: Keynote speaker at NTUT conference on ‘Comedy’

November 27, 2014: NTUT: Paper on The Revenger’s Tragedy (MA class)

November 25 2014: National Taipei University of Technology: ‘Benjamin, Carnival and the ‘Storm of Forgiveness’

November 24 2014: National Taiwan University: Paper on ‘Walter Benjamin and the Problem of Historical Time’ (second version)

October 24 2014: University of Barcelona: Paper on Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

October 20, 2014: St Louis University, Madrid: Paper: ‘Walter Benjamin and the problem of Historical Time’ (first version)

August 31, 2014: Paper on Dickens and Judaism at Kosice, Slovakia (European Society for the Study of English)

July 7-10 2014: Dickens Society Conference, Beziers: ‘Dickens and Cézanne’

April 23-24 2014: Keynote at conference ‘The Long Modernist Novel’, (Dorothy Richardson Society, with the Northern Modernism Seminar and the British Association of Modernist Studies), Birkbeck College, London.

December 6 2013: Keynote at conference ‘Challenger Unbound’, UCL.