Professor Sir Christopher Ricks

BA, MA, BLitt (Oxon), FBA
Visiting Professor

Sir Christopher Ricks delivers lectures for the English BA at New College of the Humanities. He is Warren Professor of the Humanities, and Co-Director of the Editorial Institute, at Boston University, having formerly been professor of English at the University of Bristol and at Cambridge. He was the Professor of Poetry at Oxford, 2004-2009. Co-Editor of Essays in Criticism, a quarterly journal of literary criticism.

College lectures

  • The Waste Land: More than one waste land (Michaelmas 2013)
  • The conventions - not the subterfuges - of Victorian poetry (Michaelmas 2013)
  • And Measure still for Measure (Hilary 2013)
  • A Matter of Principles (Michaelmas 2012)
  • Shakespeare, King Lear (Michaelmas 2012)
  • The Charge of Misogyny: Donne, as well as T.S. Eliot and Bob Dylan (Michaelmas 2012)

Research

T.S. Eliot, The Poems, to be published in 2013 by Faber & Faber. (Co-edited with Jim McCue.) A critical edition of Eliot’s poems that gathers all the poems published and unpublished; that records all the textual variants both from manuscripts and published texts; and that provides contextual commentary, biographical, historical, and literary.

Selected Works of James Fitzjames Stephen, in eleven volumes, to be published by Oxford University Press; editing On the Novel and on Journalism, and general editor of the volumes.

Edward Thomas, Walter Pater and Algernon Charles Swinburne: a volume in the Oxford University Press edition of Thomas.

Books

  • Milton's Grand Style (Clarendon Press, 1963)
  • Poems and Critics (Collins, 1966) anthology
  • Twentieth Century Views: A. E. Housman (Prentice Hall Trade, 1968) editor
  • Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained by John Milton (Signet Classics, 1968) editor
  • English Poetry and Prose 1540-1674 (Peter Bedrick Books, 1970, revised 1987) editor
  • English Drama To 1710 (Peter Bedrick Books, 1971, revised 1987) editor
  • Tennyson (The Macmillan Company, 1972)
  • Selected Criticism of Matthew Arnold (Signet New York, 1972) editor
  • Keats and Embarrassment (Clarendon Press, 1974)
  • The State of the Language (University of California Press, 1980) editor with Leonard Michaels, with an entirely new edition in 1990
  • The Force of Poetry (Clarendon Press, 1984) essays
  • The Poems of Tennyson (Longman, 1987) three volumes, editor
  • The Tennyson Archive (Garland, 1987-1993) 31 volumes, editor with Aidan Day
  • The New Oxford Book of Victorian Verse (Oxford, 1987) editor
  • T. S. Eliot and Prejudice (Faber & Faber,1988)
  • A.E. Housman: Collected Poems and Selected Prose (Allen Lane,1988) editor
  • The Faber Book of America (Faber & Faber, 1992) editor with William L. Vance
  • Palgrave: The Golden Treasury (Harmondsworth, 1991) editor
  • Beckett's Dying Words (Oxford University Press, 1993)
  • Essays in Appreciation (Clarendon Press,1996)
  • Inventions of the March Hare: Poems, 1909-1917 by T. S. Eliot (Faber & Faber, 1996) editor
  • The Oxford Book of English Verse (Oxford University Press, 1999) editor
  • Allusion to the Poets (Oxford University Press, 2002)
  • Selected Poems of James Henry (Handsel Books, 2002) editor
  • Reviewery (Penguin, 2003) essays
  • Dylan's Visions of Sin (Penguin, 2003)
  • Decisions And Revisions In T. S. Eliot (Faber & Faber, 2003)
  • Samuel Menashe: Selected Poems (Library of America, 2005) editor
  • Tennyson: Selected Poems (Penguin, 2007) editor
  • Samuel Beckett: The Expelled / The Calmative / The End / First Love (Faber & Faber, 2009) editor
  • Henry James: What Maisie Knew (Penguin, 2010) editor
  • Joining Music with Reason: 34 Poets, British and American, Oxford 2004-2009 (Waywiser Press, 2010) editor
  • True Friendship: Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Lowell Under the Sign of Eliot and Pound (Yale University Press, 2010)
  • Samuel Rogers: Table Talk & Recollections (Notting Hill Editions, 2011) editor
Forthcoming, 2013:
  • The Poems of T.S Eliot editor with Jim McCue (Faber & Faber)

Awards

Hon DLitt, University of Oxford
Hon DLitt, University of Bristol
Andrew W Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award

Affiliations

Fellow of the British Academy
Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford
Honorary Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford
Honorary Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge
President, The Housman Society
Vice-President, The Tennyson Society
Member of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers (President, 2007-8)

 

Professorial Lectures
Texts

More than one Waste Land is the first lecture in Professor Sir Christopher Ricks’ 2013/14 series, in which he engages NCH students in a discussion of T S Eliot’s Wasteland.

More than one Waste Land is the first lecture in Professor Sir Christopher Ricks’ 2013/14 series, in which he engages New College of the Humanities students in a discussion of T S Eliot’s Wasteland. Ricks presents us with his thoughts and insights not only of Eliot’s original poem but also of the another version born out of Eliot’s and Ezra Pound’s critiques. A intriguing talk in which Professor Ricks guides students through a comparison between Eliot's initial draft and its final published manuscript, and also the evolution from the former to the latter.

Professor Sir Christopher Ricks

Pacier than a Viennese waltz and tastier than a Viennese truffle, Shakespeare's Measure for Measure is a dark comedy about sex, death, religion, justice, judgement, lies and deceit …and lots more besides. 

Pacier than a Viennese waltz and tastier than a Viennese truffle, Shakespeare's Measure for Measure is a dark comedy about sex, death, religion, justice, judgement, lies and deceit …and lots more besides. 

View Professor Sir Christopher Ricks' thought provoking and erudite lecture on this dark comedy as he waltzes through the triangular narrative (undercover ruler, corrupt magistrate, substituted virgin) and, using as a springboard the play's opening sentence “Of government the properties to unfold…”, himself slowly unfolds the philosophical, moral and legal issues presented by the play's many themes. 

This illuminating lecture on mortality and mercy in Vienna offers much to those already familiar with the play as well as to newcomers. 

Professor Sir Christopher Ricks

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