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Director - Ralph Pite

Ralph Pite is the Director of IAS and also a Professor in the Department of English. Ralph grew up in Worcester; he completed a degree and doctorate in English at the University of Cambridge in the 1980s and taught at the University of Liverpool in the 1990s. He moved to a Chair in Cardiff University before coming to Bristol in 2007.

His research is focused on the Romantic period (particularly the impact of Dante at that time), Thomas Hardy, ecocriticism, and twentieth-century poetry. His current work is a study of the poets Edward Thomas and Robert Frost, which draws on and combines these areas of interest.

His publications include:

  • Romans and Romantics, edited by Tim Saunders, Charles Martindale, Ralph Pite and Mathilde Skoie (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • Thomas Hardy: The Guarded Life (Picador, 2006 /  Yale University Press, 2007).
  • W.S. Graham: Speaking Towards You, edited by Ralph Pite and Hester Jones (Liverpool University Press, 2004).
  • Hardy’s Geography: Wessex and the Regional Novel (Palgrave, 2002).
  • Lives of the Great Romantics: Coleridge, edited by Ralph Pite (Pickering and Chatto, 1997)
  • The Circle of Our Vision: Dante’s Presence in English Romantic Poetry (Oxford: 1994).
  • Dante, The Divine Comedy: The Vision of Dante, translated by Henry Cary, edited by Ralph Pite (Everyman paperbacks, 1994).
  • Wordsworth and the Natural World, in The Cambridge Companion to Wordsworth, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003)
  • '“Founded on the Affections”: A Romantic Ecology’, The Environmental Tradition in English Literature, edited John Padham (Aldershot and Burlington: Ashgate, 2002), 144-55.
  • How Green Were the Romantics? Studies in Romanticism, 35: 3 (Fall 1996), 357-73.

See also: Liverpool University Centre for Poetry & Science (LUPAS)