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Professor Jason Harding


PhD (Cantab)

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Professor in the Department of English StudiesRoom 104, Hallgarth House 


Jason Harding received his doctorate from King's College, Cambridge. Since 2017 he has been Professor of English Studies at Durham University. He is the author or editor of seven books, including The Criterion: Cultural Politics and Periodical Networks in Interwar Britain (OUP 2002), The New Cambridge Companion to T. S. Eliot (CUP 2016) and English Lion a 1000-page volume in the award-winning The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot (Johns Hopkins UP/Faber & Faber, 2014-19) funded by an AHRC award (total value £985,000). He is currently completing a scholarly edition of Evelyn Waugh's Scoop for OUP and the first book-length study of CIA-funded Encounter magazine for Princeton UP. 

At Durham, I have supervised successful PhD dissertations on "The British Short Story of the First World War", "Chivalry in Literature and Propaganda of the First World War", "T. S. Eliot: Turning Darkness into Light", "T. S. Eliot and the Implications of Laforgue and Corbière", "Humility and Humiliation in the Works of T. S. Eliot and Samuel Beckett", "Hart Crane and the Little Magazine", "Modernist Poetics of Climate Change", "Mid Twentieth-Century Dystopian Fiction and Political Thought". I welcome PhD research proposals on all aspects of twentieth-century literature and intellectual history. I was the Durham lead in the AHRC Collaborative Skills Development Grant "WISE - What is Scholarly Editing?", and the AHRC-funded Network "The New Modernist Editing". I am Associate Director and a founding member of the Durham Centre for Modern Conflicts and Cultures .

Research groups

  • Critical Theory
  • Editing, Bibliography and History of the Book
  • Twentieth-Century Studies


Authored book

Book review

  • Harding, J. (2022). The Letters of T. S. Eliot, Volume 9: 1939-1941. The Review of English Studies 73(311): 803-805.
  • Harding, J. (2022). Cold Warriors. Modernism/modernity 29(2): 446-447.
  • Harding, J. (2020). Waugh: Pleasant and Unpleasant. Essays in Criticism 70(4): 501-508.
  • Harding, J. (2017). Cold War Poetry. Essays in Criticism 67(2): 229-235.
  • Harding, J. (2016). Cold War Modernists. Literature and History 25(1): 109-112.
  • Harding, J. (2016). Writing for 'The New Yorker': Essays on an American Periodical. The Review of English Studies 67(278): 200-202.
  • Harding, J. (2014). T. S. Eliot and Early Modern Literature. The Review of English Studies 65(269): 375-377.
  • Harding, J. (2013). The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines: Volume II, North America 1894-1960. The Review of English Studies 64(266): 728-729.
  • Harding, J. (2012). Leonard and Virginia Woolf, the Hogarth Press and the Networks of Modernism. Modernism/Modernity 19(1): 212-214.
  • Harding, J. (2011). Camera Consciousness: Literature, Cinema and Politics 1930-1945. The Cambridge Quarterly 40(1): 81-85.
  • Harding, J. (2009). Guardians of the Humanist Legacy: The Classicism of T. S. Eliot's "Criterion" Network and its Relevance to our Postmodern World & The International Reception of T. S. Eliot. Modernism/Modernity 16(4): 824-827.
  • Harding, J. (2008). Putting Your Toe In: William Empson: Against the Christians. Essays in Criticism 58(2): 162-170.
  • Harding, J. (2008). Modernism and Democracy: Literary Culture, 1900-1930. Modernism/Modernity 15(2): 398-400.
  • Harding, J. (2007). Non-Modernists: British Poetry in the Age of Modernism & Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature. The Cambridge Quarterly 36(2): 178-184.
  • Harding, J. (2005). The Fleshly Movement: The Oxford Literary History: 1910-1940. The Cambridge Quarterly 34(4): 416-419.
  • Harding, J. (2004). The Great War and the Language of Modernism. Modernism/Modernity 11(2): 363-365.
  • Harding, J. (2002). Eliot's Dark Angel. Yeats Annual 15: 393-395.
  • Harding, J. (2002). Courage Means Running: The Complete Poems of William Empson. The Cambridge Quarterly 31(3): 276-282.
  • Harding, J. (2002). The Lost Leader: I. A. Richards: Selected Works, 1919-1938. Essays in Criticism 52(4): 365-373.
  • Harding, J. (2000). Doubting Thomist: A Critical Difference: T. S. Eliot and John Middleton Murry in English Literary Criticism, 1919-1928. The Cambridge Quarterly 29(2): 184-189.

Chapter in book

Edited book

Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Harding, J. (2022). Poetic alchemy. The Financial Times (22/23 October): 9.
  • Harding, J. (2015). The Labyrinth and the Fountain: Evelyn Waugh and Patrick Leigh Fermor in Wartime Crete. London Magazine (April-May): 17-25.
  • Harding, J. (2013). Tarantula's Web John Hayward, T. S. Eliot and Their Circle. London Magazine (June/July): 95-101.
  • Harding, J. (2012). Obituary: Valerie Eliot. Church Times (23 Nov): 30.
  • Harding, J. (2012). Signing the vivid air Stephen Spender's journals. London Magazine (Oct/Nov): 3-11.
  • Harding, J. (2011). Eliot v. Mansfield. London Review of Books 33(7): 4.
  • Harding, J. (2011). In Memoriam: Sir Frank Kermode. Ford Madox Ford Society Newsletter 17: 29-30.
  • Harding, J. (2008). The Good Editor. The Guardian Review 14.06.08: 15.
  • Harding, J. (2008). Lehmann's London. London Magazine (Dec): 62-65.
  • Harding, J. (2005). The Wayward William Empson. Times Literary Supplement 5335: 4-6.
  • Harding, J. (2004). Prufrock and prejudice. Times Literary Supplement 5299: 24.
  • Harding, J. (2002). Public Intellectuals. The Times Higher Education Supplement 1542: 33.
  • Harding, J. (2002). Eliot and Keynes. Times Literary Supplement 5202: 17.
  • Harding, J. (2001). Vivienne Eliot and the Criterion. Times Literary Supplement 5151: 15.
  • Harding, J. (2000). Montgomery Belgion and the Criterion. Times Literary Supplement 5082: 14-15.
  • Harding, J. (2000). Dipper George Moore. London Review of Books 22(8): 32.

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Harding, J. & et al. (2020). T. S. Eliot: The Search for Happiness. Sky Arts Documentary.
  • Harding, J. (2016). The Criterion ( T. S. Eliot Estate official site.

Supervision students