Professor Susan Jones

MA, DPhil (Oxf)

Teaching and Research

Emeritus Fellow in English, St Hilda's College 


Until 2020, Susan Jones was Professor of English Literature, and the Barbara Pym Fellow and Tutor in English at St Hilda's College, Oxford. She has published widely on Joseph Conrad (including Conrad and Women for Oxford University Press), nineteenth- and twentieth-century women's writing, the periodical press, and modernism. Formerly a soloist with the Scottish ballet, Glasgow, she also writes on the history and aesthetics of dance. She is founder and director of Dance Scholarship Oxford and author of Literature, Modernism, and Dance (Oxford University Press, 2013). She was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship 2017-18 to write a book on Samuel Beckett and choreography.


Current and forthcoming publications:

“Eliot and Dance”, The Edinburgh Companion to T. S. Eliot and the Arts, ed. by Frances
 Dickey and John D. Morgenstern (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016), 225-245.

‘“She walked with measured steps”: Physical and Narrative Movement in Heart of Darkness,’ reprinted in the Norton Critical Edition of Joseph Conrad, ed. by Paul B. Armstrong (New York: W. W. Norton, 2016), 389-398.

“Virginia Woolf”, Royal Opera House publication to accompany Wayne McGregor, Woolf Works première (11th May 2015).

“Choreographic Reembodiment between Text and Dance” in The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Reenactment, ed. by Mark Franko (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017).

"Shakespeare, Modernism, and Dance,' in The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance, ed. by Lynsey McCulloch and Brandon Shaw (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).


Conrad and Women (Oxford:Clarendon Press, 1999).

Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim, ed. and with Introduction and Notes by Susan Jones (London: Wordsworth Classics), 2003

Literature, Modernism, and Dance (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).

Selected Articles:

‘“The dinner was indeed quiet”: Domestic Parties in the Work of Joseph Conrad,’ in The Modernist Party, ed. by Kate McLoughlin (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013), 25-44.

 ‘Modernism and Dance: Apolline or Dionysiac?’ in The Ancient Dancer in the Modern World, ed. by Fiona Macintosh (Oxford University Press, 2010), 313-329.

 “‘At the still point’: T. S. Eliot, Dance, and Modernism,” Dance Research Journal (US) 41:2 (Winter 2009), 31-50.

 ‘Conrad's Critique of the Serial Romance: Chance and The Rover,’ Conradiana 41: 2-3  (Summer/Fall 2009), 288-309.

 ‘“Une écriture corporelle”: The Dancer in the Text of Mallarmé and Yeats,’ in The Body and the Arts, ed. by Corinne Saunders and Ulrika Maude (London: Palgrave, 2009), 237-254.

 “Diaghilev and British Writing,” Dance Research 27:1 (Summer 2008), 65-93.

 ‘“She walked with measured steps”: Physical and Narrative Movement in Heart of Darkness,’ Joseph Conrad: Voice, Sequence, History, Genre, ed. by Jakob Lothe, Jeremy Hawthorn, and James Phelan (Ohio State University Press, 2008), 100-117.