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
Personal Web Site:

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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Thomas, H., Archer, J.E.E., Marggraf Turley, R. 2016. Remembering Darnel, a Forgotten Plant of Literary, Religious, and Evolutionary Significance. Journal of Ethnobiology 36 (1) pp. 29-44. 10.2993/0278-0771-36.1.29

Marggraf Turley, R. 2016. Writing Essays: A Guide for Students in English and the Humanities: 2nd revised edition. 2nd edn, Taylor & Francis, London


Archer, J.E.E., Thomas, H., Marggraf Turley, R. 2015. Reading Shakespeare with the grain: sustainability and the hunger business. Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism 19 (1) pp. 8-20. 10.1080/14688417.2014.985242

Archer, J.E.E., Marggraf Turley, R., Thomas, H. 2015. Soper at oure aller cost: The Politics of Food Supply in the Canterbury Tales. Chaucer Review 50 (1 & 2) pp. 1-29.

Marggraf Turley, R. 2015. The Cunning House. Sandstone Press, Dingwall

Marggraf Turley, R. 2015. The Quantified Romantics. Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities, UK wide, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 12/11/2015 - 22/11/2015.


Marggraf Turley, R. 2014. Agri-tech and the arts: From Barns to D-Space. 31st Chaos Communication Congress, hamburg, Germany, 26/12/2014 - 29/12/2014. Other

Marggraf Turley, R.J., Archer, J.E.E., Thomas, H. 2014. Food and the Literary Imagination. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke

Marggraf Turley, R. 2014. Keats in Three Crowds: Romanticism and Surveillance after Snowden. Romanticism and the Future, Paphos, Cyprus, 24/10/2014 - 25/10/2014.

Marggraf Turley, R.J., Marggraf-Turley, A. 2014. Policing the Romantic Crowd. John Keats and his Circle, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 02/05/2014 - 04/05/2014.


Marggraf Turley, R., Marggraf-Turley, A. 2013. Policing the Romantic Crowd. 30th Chaos Communication Congress, Hamburg, Germany, 26/12/2013 - 29/12/2013. Other

Archer, J.E., Marggraf Turley, R.J., Thomas, H. 2013. Reading with the Grain: Sustainability and the Literary Imagination. 2013 INSPIRE Lecture on Literature and Sustainability. 2013 INSPIRE Lecture on Literature and Sustainability, Lampeter, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 23/05/2013. Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant, Lampeter Other


Marggraf Turley, R., Archer, J.E.E., Thomas, H. 2012. Keats's Prospects. Times Literary Supplement pp. 14-15.

Marggraf Turley, R.J., Archer, J.E.E., Thomas, H. 2012. Keats, 'To Autumn' and the New Men of Winchester. Review of English Studies 64 (259) pp. 797-817. 10.1093/res/hgs021

Marggraf Turley, R., Archer, J.E., Thomas, H. 2012. On St Giles Hill- Keats’s Ode “To Autumn’ in the Market. Times Literary Supplement pp. 14-15.

Marggraf Turley, R., Marggraf-Turley, A. 2012. Romantic Hackers: Keats, Wordsworth and Total Surveillance. 29th Chaos Communication Congress, Hamburg, Germany, 27/12/2012 - 29/12/2012. Other

Archer, J.E., Turley, R.M., Thomas, H. 2012. The Autumn King: Remembering the Land in King Lear. Shakespeare Quarterly 63 (4) pp. 518-543. 10.1353/shq.2012.0059


Thomas, H., Archer, J.E., Marggraf Turley, R. 2011. Evolution, Physiology and Phytochemistry of the Psychotoxic Arable Mimic Weed Darnel (Lolium temulentum L.). In U. Lüttge, W. Beyschlag, B. Büdel, D. Francis (eds), Progress in Botany. Springer pp. 73-104. 10.1007/978-3-642-13145-5_3 Cadair

Turley, R.M. (ed) 2011. The Writer in the Academy: Creative Interfrictions. Essays and Studies Boydell & Brewer, Cambridge


Marggraf Turley, R., Thomas, H., Archer, J.E. 2010. A Tragedy of Idle Weeds: Why Grigori Kozintsev's Lear is more faithful to Shakespeare's 'arable play' than most modest stagings. Times Literary Supplement pp. 14-15.

Marggraf Turley, R., Davies, D.W. 2010. Cambrian Readjustments: An Interview with Geoffrey Hill. Poetry Wales pp. 10-13.


Marggraf Turley, R. 2009. Bright Stars: John Keats, Barry Cornwall and Romantic Literary Culture. Liverpool University Press, Liverpool

Marggraf Turley, R. 2009. Wan-Hu's Flying Chair. Salt Publishing


Marggraf Turley, R.J. 2008. "Breathing Human Passion": Cornwall, Keats, Shelley and Popular Romanticism. European Romantic Review 19 (3) pp. 253-273. 10.1080/10509580802211470

Marggraf Turley, R. 2008. 'The Temple of Fame’: “Barry Cornwall” and Keats’s Reputation. Times Literary Supplement pp. 13-15.

Marggraf Turley, R.J. 2008. Slippery Steps of the Temple of Fame. Keats-Shelley Review 22 pp. 64-81.


Marggraf Turley, R. 2007. The Fossil-Box. 1st edn, Cinnamon Press


Marggraf Turley, R. 2006. Johnny's in the Basement: Keats, Bob Dylan and Influence. In D. Davies, R. Marggraf-Turely (eds), The Monstrous Debt: Modalities of Romantic Influence in Twentieth Century Literature. Wayne State University Press pp. 181-204. Cadair Other Other

Marggraf Turley, R. 2006. Keats, Cornwall and the 'Scent of Strong-Smelling Phrases'. Romanticism 12 (2) pp. 102-114. Cadair Other

Bayley, J., Beer, J., Haughton, H., Devine Jump, H., Marggraf Turley, R., Mason, E., Newlyn, L., O'Neill, M., Walford Davies, D. (eds) 2006. The Monstrous Debt: Modalities of Romantic Influence in Twentieth-century Literature. Wayne State University Press, Detroit

Marggraf Turley, R., Walford Davies, D. 2006. Whiteout. Parthian Books


Marggraf Turley, R. 2005. Bright Stars and Bosom-Friends: John Keats and Barry Cornwall. Notes and Queries 52 (4) pp. 464-466. 10.1093/notesj/gji416 Other

Marggraf Turley, R. 2005. Profile on Bob Dylan. The Literary Encyclopedia.

Marggraf Turley, R. 2005. “Amorous Cavaliers”: John Keats, Barry Cornwall and Francis Jeffrey. Notes and Queries 52 (1) pp. 48-50. 10.1093/notesj/gji120


Marggraf Turley, R. 2003. Keats's Boyish Imagination. Taylor & Francis Cadair Other


Marggraf Turley, R. 2002. 'Full-grown lambs': Immaturity and 'To Autumn'. Romanticism on the Net: (28) 10.7202/007210ar Other

Marggraf Turley, R. 2002. The Politics of Language in Romantic Literature. Palgrave Macmillan Cadair

Marggraf Turley, R. 2002. “Strange Longings”: Keats and Feet. Studies in Romanticism 41 (1) pp. 89-106. Other


Marggraf Turley, R.. 2001. John Keats, Barry Cornwall, and Leigh Hunt's Literary Pocket-Book. Romanticism 7 (2) pp. 163-176. 10.3366/rom.2001.7.2.163 Other

Marggraf Turley, R. 2001. Nationalism and the Reception of Jacob Grimm's Deutsche Grammatik by English-Speaking Audiences. German Life and Letters 54 (3) pp. 234-252. 10.1111/1468-0483.00202


Marggraf Turley, R. 2000. An Echo of Clarke’s Address in Shelley’s Defence. Neophilologus 84 pp. 323-327.

Marggraf Turley, R. 2000. Writing Essays: A Guide for Students in English and the Humanities. 1st edn, Taylor & Francis, London


Marggraf Turley, R. 1999. Indolent Minds, Indolent Men, and 'On First Looking into Chapman's Homer'. Review of English Studies 50 (198) pp. 204-207. Other

Marggraf Turley, R. 1999. Knowledge of their own supremacy”: Oenone and the Standardization of Tennyson’s Diction. Victorian Poetry 37 (3) pp. 291-308.


Turley, R.M. 1998. Handy Squirrels and Chapman's Homer: Hunt, Keats, and Romantic Philology. Romanticism 4 (1) pp. 104-119. 10.3366/rom.1998.4.1.104 Other


Marggraf Turley, R. 1997. Tennyson and the Nineteenth-Century Language Debate. Leeds Studies in English 28 pp. 123-140.


Marggraf Turley, R. 1994. Misrepresentation in Hensleigh Wedgwood’s Review of Jacob Grimm’s Deutsche Grammatik. Notes and Queries 41 (3) pp. 310.