Department of English

Jonathan Bolton

Jonathan Bolton Hollifield Professor of English Literature
8058 Haley Center

Office Hours

  • Monday 10-12:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10-12:00 pm


Jon Bolton, Professor, received his PhD from The University of Maryland, College Park. A specialist in 20th Century British and Irish Literature, he is the author of Personal Landscapes: British Poets in Egypt (St. Martins, 1997) and Blighted Beginnings: Coming of Age in Independent Ireland (Bucknell UP, 2010).

His essays have appeared in such journals as Modern Drama, New Hibernia Review, Journal of Modern Literature, Contemporary Literature, and South Atlantic Review. In recent years he has taught courses on The Irish Revival, The Bloomsbury Group, Postmodern Anglophone Fiction, and Contemporary British Poetry.

Representative Publications

  • "Irish Stew at the Cafe du Monde: Hetereogeniety and the Empire Experience in Paul Muldoon's 'Yarrow.'" South Atlantic Review, 64:1 (Winter 1999), 48-71.
  • "Customary Rhythms: Seamus Heaney and the Rite of Poetry." Papers on Language and Literature, 37:2, (Spring 2001), 205-222.
  • "Mid-Term Autobiography and the Second World War," Journal of Modern Literature 30:1 (Fall 2006).
  • "The Bildungsroman as Comedy of Failure: Flann O'Brien's The Hard Life
    and Brian Moore's The Emperor of Ice Cream." New Hibernia Review, 12:3 (Fall 2008); 118-133.
  • "Blasphemy in John Osborne's A Subject of Scandal and Concern and Luther,' Modern Drama 53:1 (Spring 2010), 39-56.
  • Blighted Beginnings. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2010. Jonathan Bolton.
  • "Lucid Song: The Poetry of the Second World War." (Forthcoming in Edinburgh Encyclopaedia of Twentieth-Century War Literature, Edinburgh University Press, 2010.)

Last Updated: January 22, 2019