Dr. Holland read English Literature at Cambridge and subsequently took an MA in Critical Theory at the University of Sussex. He returned to Cambridge to pursue his doctoral research and was awarded his doctorate in 2015.
Nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and culture; critical theory.
Dr. Holland’s first book, William Morris’s Utopianism: Propaganda, Politics and Prefiguration, was published with Palgrave in 2017. It forms part of a new book series, Palgrave Studies in Utopianism, edited by Professor Gregory Claeys.
Dr. Holland is currently developing a new research project on cultural responses to the Paris Commune in Britain between 1871 and 1914.
More widely, he is interested in critical theory – particularly cultural materialism – and interdisciplinary approaches to literary criticism. He is also the editor of The Journal of William Morris Studies.
William Morris’s Utopianism: Propaganda, Politics and Prefiguration (Palgrave, 2017)
Journal Articles and Chapters in Books
- ‘“It had to come back”: The Paris Commune and H.G. Wells’s When the Sleeper Wakes’, ELH (forthcoming)
- ‘Morris and Marxist Theory’, in The Ashgate Research Companion to William Morris, ed. Florence Boos (forthcoming)
- ‘From the Place Vendôme to Trafalgar Square: Imperialism and Counter-hegemony in the 1880s Romance Revival’, Key Words: A Journal of Cultural Materialism, 14 (2016), 98-115
- ‘Spectatorship and Entanglement in Thoreau, Hawthorne, Morris and Wells’, Utopian Studies, 27.1 (2016), 28-52
- ‘Revisiting Morris’s Socialist Internationalism: Reflections on Translation and Colonialism (with an annotated bibliography of translations of News from Nowhere, 1890-1915)’, The Journal of William Morris Studies, 21.2 (Summer 2015), 26-52
- Owen Holland and Eoin Phillips, ‘Fifty Years of E.P. Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class: Some Field Notes’, Social History, 39.2 (2014), 172-81
- ‘William Morris’s Utopian Optics’, Victorian Network, 5.1 (Summer 2013), 44-64
- ‘Remembering Ewan MacColl: The Agency of Writing and the Creation of a Participatory Popular Culture’, New Theatre Quarterly, 28.1 (February 2012), 80-93
- ‘Utopia and the Prohibition of Melancholy: Mulleygrubs and Malcontents in William Morris’s News from Nowhere’, MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities, 6.1 (2011), 36-45
- Joseph Bristow and Josephine McDonagh, eds, Nineteenth-Century Radical Traditions (Palgrave, 2016), The Review of English Studies, 68.286 (September 2017), 820-822
- Kristin Ross, Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune (Verso, 2015), Journal of William Morris Studies, 21.3 (Winter 2015), 77-82
- Elizabeth Carolyn Miller, Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Late Victorian Culture (Stanford, 2013), Glasgow Review of Books, October 2013 (online)
- Mark Bevir, The Making of British Socialism (Princeton, 2011), John Rignall and H. Gustav Klaus, eds, Ecology and the Literature of the British Left: The Red and the Green (Ashgate, 2012), Anna Vaninskaya, William Morris and the Idea of Community: Romance, History and Propaganda, 1880–1914 (Edinburgh, 2010), Journal of Victorian Culture, 18.1 (2013), 162-67
Subject notes for courses taught at Jesus College:
- Classics and English
- English Language and Literature
- English and Modern Languages
- History and English