Photograph of Professor Richard Marggraf Turley.Professor Richard Marggraf Turley

Professor of Engagement with the Public Imagination
BA, PhD (Leeds)


Office: D66
Phone: +44 (0)1970 622531
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Teaching Areas

Professor Richard Marggraf Turley teaches across the department's Literary Studies and Creative Writing schemes. His option modules currently include EN38320: Romantic Eroticism, and ENM2540: Romanticism's Radical Cultures. He supervises Literary Studies and Creative Writing PhDs.


Poet and literary critic, Richard has research interests in Romantic literary and political culture, Shakespeare and food security, and contemporary poetry. He is the winner of the 2007 "Keats-Shelley Prize" for poetry, and he won the 2010 Wales Book of the Year "People's Choice" for his third collection, Wan Hu's Flying Chair (Salt, 2009). He has been involved in several collaborative projects between the arts and sciences, and is a regular guest on BBC arts and culture programmes, including Radio 3's "The Verb" with Ian McMillan, and Radio 4's "The Today Programme" with John Humphrys.

Additional Interests

Centre for Romantic Studies

Richard Marggraf Turley is co-founder and Co-Director of the Centre for Romantic Studies – the first of its kind in Wales – based in the English Department at Aberystwyth. The Centre addresses an international community of scholars and teachers. It fulfils an important role in providing a focal point for research, teaching, funding, conferences and formal institutional exchange in Wales and beyond.

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Staff Publications

Single-Authored Monographs:

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Bright Stars: John Keats, Barry Cornwall and Romantic Literary Culture (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2009)

 "Minutely documented and splendidly suggestive  . . . intriguingly and persuasively argued.  Lead review, Times Literary Supplement, 22 September 2010. Reviewed by Oliver Herford (Lincoln College, Oxford).

"From start to finish Marggraf Turley’s writing style makes Bright Stars a romp to read, as one might expect from a critic who has recently published three volumes of poetry. So many felicities …".  Reviewed in Nineteenth Century Literature, 65 (2010), pp. 395-98, by Professor Christine Gallant (Georgia State University)

Keats’s Boyish Imagination (London: Routledge, 2004). Inaugural monograph in the ‘Routledge Studies in Romanticism’ series.

Romantic Circles (June 2010) by Jonathan Mulrooney: “Provocative and engaging … Marggraf Turley’s meticulous attention to the poems’ language yields remarkable insights into how the Keats lyric responded to the vicissitudes of the historical moment … Virtuoso close reading … The book as a whole vividly shows how criticism … can continue to challenge our scholarly commonplaces, enriching our understanding of the poetry.”
Stephen Hebron, Keats-Shelley Journal, 56 (2007): "Unexpected and thought-provoking ... close, intelligent readings of individual poems . . . Such intellectual inventiveness is surely in keeping with Keats's own vital, humorous, and fretful mind".
Times Literary Supplement, 24 December 2004 by Oliver Herford: "Excitable, irresponsible criticism".
British Association for Romantic Studies, Bulletin & Review, 26 (September 2004) by Professor Andrew Bennett (University of Bristol): "Places itself firmly within an eminent critical tradition . . . a worthy successor to an important if edgy tradition of Keats criticism".

The Politics of Language in Romantic Literature (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002).

Reviewed in Notes & Queries, n.s. 51 (June 2004) by Professor Donald S. Hair (University of Western Ontario): ‘No one who wants to read Romantic and early Victorian poems with a full understanding of their language can afford to ignore this book’.
Reviewed in Prose Studies, 28 (April 2006), pp. 103-7 by Dan Kline (Ohio State University): ‘eminently readable . . . the material is presented in a direct and lucid way that brings it to life and gives it a pressing and, one might say, exciting relevance . . . The arrival of Marggraf Turley’s study is an exciting development and promises to be a reliable and oft-turned-to companion’.

Poetry Books

Wan-Hu's Flying Chair (Salt, 2009). See: "Don’t miss Richard Marggraf Turley’s impressive Wan-Hu’s Flying Chair published by that champion of innovative verse, Salt. 'Since you ask how it begins, it begins with elasticity'. Marggraf-Turley’s poetry bends and stretches. 'When it works you almost don’t need walls.' I’d go along with that". Peter Finch, Western Mail, 25 April 2009. 

Whiteout, co-authored with Damian Walford Davies (Parthian, 2006)
"Well-observed, witty, sparely-written poems, satisfyingly visceral and unsentimental". Alice Kavounas, Poetry Review.
"Immediately striking, the care for language, the tastes and sounds of words". Niall Griffiths (Real Aberystwyth, 2008)

The Fossil-Box (Cinnamon, 2007)
Work from this collection has been included in the prestigious Forward Book of Poetry anthology.
"There’s a rare and intense musicality in The Fossil-Box. Richard Marggraf Turley demonstrates a real appreciation of the sonic possibilities of English, and the delicious rolling cadences, reflecting ‘the Seven’s soluble tithes’, of this book are to be relished”. (Robert Minhinnick)
“Excellent at making ‘sound-sense’ as well as ‘visual’ sense, brilliant at sensation . . . ingenuity with verbs is his trademark” (Chris Kinsey, New Welsh Review)
“Extraordinary range of vocabulary” (Owain Wilkins, Poetry Wales)
“There’s little doubt that Marggraf Turley has a perfect ear. Every word counts, imported for both sound and sense” (Kenneth Steven, Planet)
“A master wordsmith” (Nigel Humphreys, Envoi)

 Edited Books

The Writer in the Academy: Creative Interfrictions (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2012).

The Monstrous Debt: Modalities of Romantic Influence in Twentieth-Century Literature, co-ed. with Damian Walford Davies (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2006).

Text Books  

Writing Essays: A Guide for Students in English and the Humanities (London: Routledge, 2000)

Reviewed in Mantex (2001) by Roy Johnson: "Lively and comprehensive essay-writing manual which is obviously based on solid experience of helping students to improve their skills". 



Selected Articles

‘The Autumn King: Remembering the Land in King Lear’. Co-authored: Jayne Elisabeth Archer, Richard Marggraf Turley, Howard Thomas, Shakespeare Quarterly, 63 (2012), 518-43

‘Keats’s Prospects’. Co-authored: Richard Marggraf Turley, Jayne Elisabeth Archer, Howard Thomas, Times Literary Supplement, 7 December 2012, pp. 14-15.

 ‘Keats, “To Autumn”, and the New Men of Winchester’. Co-authored: Richard Marggraf Turley, Jayne Elisabeth Archer, Howard Thomas. Review of English Studies, 64 (2012), pp. 797-817.

‘Keats, “To Autumn”, and the New Men of Winchester’. Co-authored: Richard Marggraf Turley, Jayne Elisabeth Archer, Howard Thomas. Oxford University Press Blog

‘Lurid Flashes of Desire’: Madness and the Popular Literary Marketplace’. Ed. Joachim Frenk. In press.

‘Evolution, Physiology and Phytochemistry of the Psychotoxic Arable Mimic Weed Darnel (Lolium Temulentum L)’. Co-authored: Howard Thomas, Jayne Elisabeth Archer, Richard Marggraf Turley, Progress in Botany, 72, ed. U. Lüttge et al (Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 2011), pp. 73-104.

 ‘A Tragedy of Idle Weeds’. Co-authored: Richard Marggraf Turley, Howard Thomas, Jayne Elisabeth Archer, Times Literary Supplement, 17 February 2010, pp. 14-15.

 ‘Cambrian Readjustments: An Interview with Geoffrey Hill’. Co-authored with Damian Walford Davies, Poetry Wales, 46 (2010), pp. 10-13.

‘Slippery Steps of the Temple of Fame’: “Barry Cornwall” and Keats’s Reputation’. Keats-Shelley Review, 8 (2008), pp. 64-81.

‘The Temple of Fame’: “Barry Cornwall” and Keats’s Reputation’, Times Literary Supplement, 5 September 2008, pp. 13-15.

‘“Breathing Human Passion”: Cornwall, Keats, Shelley and Popular Romanticism’, European Romantic Review, 19 (2008), pp. 253-73.

‘Keats, Cornwall and the “Scent of Strong-Smelling Phrases”’, Romanticism, 12.ii (2007), 102-114.

‘Johnny’s in the Basement: Keats, Bob Dylan and Influence’, in The Monstrous Debt: Modalities of Romantic Influence in Twentieth-Century Literature, co-ed. with Damian Walford Davies (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2006).

‘Bright Stars and Bosom-Friends: John Keats and Barry Cornwall’, Notes and Queries, n.s. 52 (December 2005), pp. 464-66.

“Amorous Cavaliers”: John Keats, Barry Cornwall and Francis Jeffrey’, Notes and Queries, n.s. 52 (March 2005), pp. 48-50.

2000-word profile on ‘Bob Dylan’ for The Literary Encyclopedia, (2005)

‘“Strange Longings”: Keats and Feet’, Studies in Romanticism, 41 (2002), 89-106.

‘“Full-grown lambs”: Keats, Immaturity and “To Autumn”’, Romanticism on the Net, 28 (November 2002).

‘John Keats, Barry Cornwall and Leigh Hunt’s Literary Pocket-Book’, Romanticism (2001), 163-76.

‘Nationalism and the Reception of Jacob Grimm’s Deutsche Grammatik by English-speaking Audiences’, German Life and Letters, 54 (2001), 234-52.

‘An Echo of Clarke’s Address in Shelley’s Defence’, Neophilologus, 84 (2000), 323-7.

‘“Knowledge of their own supremacy”: Oenone and the Standardization of Tennyson’s Diction’, Victorian Poetry, 37 (1999), 291-308.

‘Indolent Minds, Indolent Men, and “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer”’, The Review of English Studies, 50 (1999), 204-7.

‘Handy Squirrels and Chapman’s Homer: Hunt, Keats and Romantic Philology’, Romanticism, 4.i (1998), 104-19.

‘Tennyson and the Nineteenth-Century Language Debate’, Leeds Studies in English, 28 (1997), 123-40.

‘Misrepresentation in Hensleigh Wedgwood’s Review of Jacob Grimm’s Deutsche Grammatik’, Notes & Queries, n.s. 41 (1994), 310-12.