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Bill Hughes was awarded a PhD in English Literature in 2010 from the University of Sheffield on communicative rationality and the Enlightenment dialogue in relation to the formation of the English novel. His research interests are in eighteenth-century literature; cultural and literary theory, particularly Raymond Williams, the Bakhtin circle, and the Frankfurt school; genre theory; aesthetics; intertextuality and the Semantic Web; and paranormal romance. He is co-founder, with Dr Sam George, of the Open Graves, Open Minds: Vampires and the Undead in Modern Culture Project at the University of Hertfordshire.

He has publications out or forthcoming on Jane Austen, Frances Burney, Bernard Mandeville, Maria Edgeworth, Anne Radcliffe, and Charlotte Smith. Bill has also published on Richard Hoggart, with contributions in Richard Hoggart and Cultural Studies, ed. by Sue Owen (Palgrave, 2008), and Richard Hoggart: Culture and Critique, ed. by Michael Bailey and Mary Eagleton (Critical, Cultural and Communications Press, 2011). In addition, he is researching contemporary vampire literature and paranormal romance, co-editing (with Dr George) and contributing to the collection, ‘Open Graves, Open Minds’: Vampires and the Undead from the Enlightenment to the Present (Manchester University Press, 2013); and with articles forthcoming on the eighteenth-century novel and paranormal romance. He is co-editor of and on the editorial board of the journal Monstrum (forthcoming). This apparently disparate research is not unfocussed; it has at its core Bill’s concerns with the Enlightenment as viewed through the theory of Habermas and the Marxist tradition.

Other Publications

Refereed journal articles:

‘Jane Austen’s Conversational Pragmatics: Rational Evaluation and Strategic Concealment in Sense and Sensibility’, Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal On-Line, 32.2 (Summer 2012), http://www.jasna.org/persuasions/on-line/vol32no2/hughes.html.

‘Intertextuality and the Semantic Web: Jane Eyre as a Test Case for Modelling Literary Relationships with Linked Data’ (with Sarah Bartlett, Talis Ltd), Serials, 24.2 (July 2011), 160-65, https://serials.uksg.org/articles/10.1629/24160/

Chapters in edited collections:

Introduction (with Sam George) to ‘Open Graves, Open Minds’: Representations of Vampires and the Undead from the Enlightenment to the Present Day, ed. by Sam George and Bill Hughes (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013).

‘“Legally recognised undead”: Essence, Difference, and Assimilation in Daniel Waters’s Generation Dead’, in ‘Open Graves, Open Minds’: Representations of Vampires and the Undead from the Enlightenment to the Present Day.

‘Literate Sociology: Richard Hoggart’s Dialectic of the Particular and the General’, in Richard Hoggart: Culture and Critique, ed. by Michael Bailey and Mary Eagleton (Nottingham: Critical, Cultural and Communications Press, 2011), pp. 212-25.

‘The Uses and Values of Literacy: Richard Hoggart, Aesthetic Standards, and the Commodifi-cation of Working-class Culture’, in Richard Hoggart and Cultural Studies, ed. by Sue Owen (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2008), pp. 213-26.

Other:

Gothic Studies, Open Graves, Open Minds: Vampires and the Undead in Modern Culture spe-cial issue, ed. by Sam George and Bill Hughes, 15.1 (May 2013).

‘Talking Books: Conversational Life in the Eighteenth-Century Printed Dialogue’, Exit 9: The Rutgers Journal of Comparative Literature, ‘Dialogues’ special issue, 7 (2005), 29-40.

Review of The Eighteenth-Century Novel. Vol. v, ed. by Albert J. Rivero, George Justice, and Margo Collins, for Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies, 34.1 (March 2011).

Review of Michael McKeon, The Origins of the English Novel, 1600–1740, 15th Anniversary Edition, with a New Introduction by the Author, for British Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies, 29.2 (2006).

In press/submitted:

Refereed journal articles:

‘“A devout but nearly silent listener”: dialogue, sociability, and Promethean individualism in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1816)’, The Wordsworth Circle, forthcoming special issue, ed. by Angela Wright and Madeleine Callaghan (Winter  2017).

Chapters in edited collections:

‘“But by Blood No Wolf Am I”: Language and Agency, Instinct and Essence – Transcending Antinomies in Maggie Steifvater’s Shiver Trilogy’, in Werewolves, Wolves and the Gothic, ed. by Robert McKay and John Miller (University of Wales Press, forthcoming 2017).

‘Mandeville’s Dialogic Unveiling: Rational Autonomy and Domestic Tyranny in The Virgin Unmask’d’, in Domestic Violence in the Long Eighteenth Century, forthcoming collection, ed. by Judith Broome (Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, forthcoming 2017).

In preparation:

Books and chapters:

The Eighteenth-Century Dialogue and Communicative Reason in the Formation of the English Novel: The Commerce of Light (monograph; forthcoming, 2018).

‘Anon., The Heir of Montague’, entry in The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660–1820, ed. by April London (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

‘“The price of flesh is love”: Commodification, corporeality, and paranormal romance in An-gela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber’, in The Company of Wolves: Sociality, Animality, and Subjectivity in Narratives of Werewolves, Shapeshifters, and Feral Humans, ed. by Sam George and Bill Hughes (forthcoming, 2017).

The Company of Wolves: Sociality, Animality, and Subjectivity in Narratives of Werewolves, Shapeshifters, and Feral Humans, ed. by Sam George and Bill Hughes (forthcoming, 2017).

Journal articles and others:

Gothic Studies, The Company of Wolves: Werewolves, animality, and humanity special issue, ed. by Sam George and Bill Hughes (forthcoming 2017).

Memberships

British Association of Romantic Studies

British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

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