Jamie Callison is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Agder, where he teaches courses on poetry and poetics, modernism, and religion and literature. His articles on T. S. Eliot, David Jones and twentieth- century religious culture have appeared in ELH, Literature and Theology and Modernist Cultures. He has published (with Thomas Goldpaugh) a critical edition of a previously unpublished book-length poem by David Jones entitled The Grail Mass (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018; paperback: 2022). His monograph Modernism and Religion: Between Mysticism and Orthodoxy was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2023.
Modernism, Literature and Religion, Twentieth-Century Religious Culture, Poetry and Poetics, Archival Studies, Poetry in Performance
I teach on the Bachelor's Programme in English, the Master’s Programme in English (Literature), and I contribute to the Faculty of Humanities and Education's PhD programme in literary studies. At BA level, I teach survey courses on British, American and Global Anglophone literature and offer a specialised module on modernism. At MA level, I teach a course on religion and literature.
PhD Programme in Literary Studies
Acted as midway seminar commentator.
Master’s Thesis in English (EN-500)
Supervised two thesis on Shakespeare and performance, and one on the modern elegy.
Literature, Religion, and the Secular (EN-472)
A Master’s course exploring the interactions between religion and literature, drawing on post-secular theory.
Bachelor Thesis in English (EN-212)
Supervised three individual projects to date on Edgar Allen Poe, Henry James and literary representations of madness, notions of childhood in Don DeLillo, and Mary Butts and unbelief.
Ran writing seminars and research skills training for all students writing bachelor’s thesis.
Literary Time Period or Movement (Modernism) (EN-220)
This course situated modernist literature in relation to major themes and developments within modernity: manifestos and print culture, the city, the mind, religion and spirituality, race and racism, time, gender and sexuality, war, and technology.
American and British Literature Part 2 (EN-167)
Delivered lectures and seminars in this survey course on American, British and Global Anglophone literature after 1900.
British and American Literature and Culture Before 1900 (EN-166)
Delivered lectures and seminars in this survey course on American and British literature before 1900.
Modernism and Religion: Between Orthodoxy and Mysticism, Edinburgh Critical Studies in Modernist Culture series, Edinburgh University Press, 2023. ISBN: 9781474457224.
A perceptive, absorbing, irreplaceable study. In showing how modernist writing was shaped by an interplay between the claims of mysticism as individual experience and the benefits of ecclesiastical frameworks, Callison illuminates a rich seam of innovation and perplexity not just in Jones, Eliot and H.D. but in the broader life of early twentieth-century Christianity.
Douglas Mao, Johns Hopkins University
BOOKS: CRITICAL EDITIONS
The Grail Mass and Other Works by David Jones, edited with a critical apparatus by Thomas Goldpaugh & Jamie Callison (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018; paperback, 2022). ISBN: 9781350052062; paperback: 9781350277267.
The Grail Mass is an indispensable addition to the Jones corpus. It is also a deeply impressive textual achievement, and a brilliantly realized and instructive engagement with a rich and complex literary archive. […] The fullness of Jones’s vision on the page is honoured, and poetic practices which might seem esoteric are validated and released for the reader’s appreciation. Jones’s work needs shrewd and percipient editors, who are not just alert to the complexities of the material text but also prepared to confront and illuminate the challenges of meaning. In Goldpaugh and Callison, it has found them. Their curiosity and authority as editors shines through with the same force whether they are describing Jones’s use of pencil, ink or biro, or revisiting the ambiguous and provocative issue of his political attitudes.
Rosie Lavan, Assistant Professor, Trinity College, Dublin, ‘Review of English Studies’
Like much modernist art, this poem is actually a triumphant achievement of assembling fragments, in this case, by the editors. All those who appreciate the poetry of David Jones, and others who do not yet know his work, will be in debt to them for recreating a work of art with beauty of both content and form.
Professor Paul Fiddes, Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford, ‘Literature and Theology’
BOOKS: EDITED COLLECTIONS
The Bloomsbury Handbook of Modernist Archives (Commissioned by Bloomsbury Academic)
David Jones: A Christian Modernist?, edited by Jamie Callison, Erik Tonning, Anna Johnson and Paul Fiddes (Brill, 2017). ISBN: 9789004356993.
‘Dissociating Psychology: Religion, Poetic Inspiration and T.S. Eliot’s Subliminal Mind’, ELH 84, no. 4 (Winter 2017): 1029-1059. https://doi.org/0.1353/elh.2017.0039
‘David Jones’s ‘Barbaric-fetish:’ Frazer and the ‘Aesthetic Value’ of the Liturgy’, Modernist Cultures 12, no. 3 (Nov 2017): 438-61. https://doi.org/10.3366/mod.2017.0186
‘Introduction’, Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature 69, no. 3 (Aug 2017) (Special Issue: ‘Unorthodox Orthodoxies: Approaching Catholic Literature, 1907-1970’): 132-6.
‘Jesuits and Modernism? Catholic Anti-Modernism and Versions of Late Modernism’, Literature and Theology 31, no. 1 (March 2017): 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frw005
‘An Unnoticed Liturgical Parallel in T.S. Eliot’s “A Song for Simeon”’, Notes and Queries 61, no. 4 (Dec 2014): 592-594. https://doi.org/10.1093/notesj/gju132
‘A Poet of Distraction: David Jones’, Essays in Criticism 68, no. 3 (July 2018): 397–406. https://doi.org/10.1093/escrit/cgy008
ACADEMIC BOOK CHAPTERS
‘Silent Protest: Mysticism, the Retreat Movement and the Religion Poem’, in The Edinburgh Companion to Modernism, Myth and Religion, edited by Suzanne Hobson and Andrew Radford (Edinburgh UP, 2022), pp. 373-88. ISBN: 9781474494786
‘Redefining Marriage in Interwar Britain: Internal Transformation and Personal Sacrifice in the Poetry of H.D.’, in Marriage Discourses: Historical and Literary Perspectives on Gender Inequality and Patriarchic Exploitation, edited by Jowan Abbas Mohammed and Frank Jacob (De Gruyter, 2021), pp. 187-206. ISBN: 9783110751338. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110751451
‘Transmuting F.H. Bradley: Notes towards a Theory of Poetry’,T. S. Eliot Studies Annual, 1 (Liverpool UP, 2017): pp. 99-113. ISBN: 9781942954286. https://doi.org/10.3828/tsesa.2017.vol1.11
‘Directing Modernist Spirituality: Evelyn Underhill, the Subliminal Conscious, and Spiritual Direction’ in Modernist Women Writers and Spirituality: A Piercing Darkness, edited by Elizabeth Anderson, Andrew Radford, Heather Walton (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), pp. 39-54. ISBN: 9781137530363.
‘Celestial Music Unheard: T.S. Eliot, ‘Marina’ and the Via Negativa’ in Breaking the Silence: Poetry and the Kenotic Word, edited by Małgorzata Grzegorzewska, Jean Ward, Mark Burrows (Peter Lang, 2015), pp. 117-135. ISBN: 9783631655146.
‘‘Nie dla mnie ostateczna wizja:’ wiersze Ariela T. S. Eliota a doświadczenie religijne’ [trans. Maria Fengler] (Original title: ‘‘Not for me the ultimate vision:’ T. S. Eliot’s Ariel Poems and Religious Experience’) in Między słowem i rzeczywistością. Poezja Eliota wobec cielesności i W/wcielenia, edited by Jean Ward (U of Gdánsk P, 2014), 91-112. ISBN: 9788378653011.
SPECIAL EDITIONS OF JOURNALS EDITED
Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature 69, no. 3 (August 2017) (Special Issue: ‘Unorthodox Orthodoxies: Approaching Catholic Literature, 1907-1970’).
Ice and Fire: ‘Frankenstein’ and the Arctic, Nord University Library, Online Exhibition, 22 October-23 November 2018 [co-curator].
Frankenversions: 200 Years of Adapting Frankenstein, Nord University Library, Exhibition, 22 October-2 November 2018 [co-curator].
Art in Battle, KODE: Art Museums and Composer Homes, Bergen, 4 September 2014-17 February 2015 [contributor].
‘[Review of] Virginia Woolf and Christian Culture. By Jane de Gay’, Literature and Theology, 33 (2019), 498–500. https://doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frz010
‘[Review of] The Astral H.D.: Occult and Religious Sources and Contexts for H.D.’s Poetry and Prose. By Matte Robinson’, Modernist/modernity, 24 (2017), 889-891. https://doi.org/10.1353/mod.2017.0073
‘[Review of] Young Eliot: From St. Louis to The Waste Land. By Robert Crawford’, Christianity and Literature, 65 (2016), 257-259. https://doi.org/10.1177/0148333115614505
‘The Heart of Time:’ A New Translation by David Jones’ [Poem and Commentary], PN Review 226 (November-December 2015): 13-16.
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