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 He has published (with Thomas Goldpaugh) a critical edition of a previously unpublished book-length poem by David Jones entitled The Grail Mass (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018; paperback: 2022).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 will be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2023.
Modernism, Literature and Religion, Twentieth-Century Religious Culture, Poetry and Poetics, Archival Studies, Poetry in Performance
Associate Professor, English Literature, University of Agder (2022-Present)
Research Fellow, David Jones Research Centre, The Honours College, Washington Adventist University (2021-Present)
Associate Professor, British and American Literature, Nord University (2017-2022)
Research Affiliate, Jacques Maritain Center, University of Notre Dame (2018)
Research Affiliate, Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture, Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford (2015-16)
Visiting Scholar, Editorial Institute, University of Boston (2014-2015)
Doctoral Student, University of Northampton & the University of Bergen (2014-2017)
The Grail Mass and Other Works by David Jones, edited with a critical apparatus by Thomas Goldpaugh & Jamie Callison (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018). ISBN: 9781350052062. Paperback: 2022. ISBN: 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
The volume was the subject of ‘Mapping the Artist’s Mind: The Grail Mass, Modernism and Inscription’, Research Seminar, David Jones Research Center, 29-30 July 2021.
BOOKS: EDITED COLLECTIONS
Modernist Archives: A Guide to Research (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2023) [Forthcoming]
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.
‘David Jones’s ‘Barbaric-fetish:’ Frazer and the ‘Aesthetic Value’ of the Liturgy’, Modernist Cultures12, no. 3 (Nov 2017): 438-61.
‘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.
‘An Unnoticed Liturgical Parallel in T.S. Eliot’s “A Song for Simeon”’, Notes and Queries 61, no. 4 (Dec 2014): 592-594.
‘A Poet of Distraction: David Jones’, Essays in Criticism 68, no. 3 (July 2018): 397–406.
'Catholic Modernism,’ T&T Clark Handbook to Modern Theology (London: T&T Clark, 2023) [Forthcoming]
“Silent Protest: Mysticism, the Retreat Movement and the Religion Poem,” The Edinburgh Companion to Modernism, Myth and Religion, edited by Suzanne Hobson and Andrew Radford (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2022) [Forthcoming]
‘Redefining Marriage in Interwar Britain: Internal Transformation and Personal Sacrifice in the Poetry of H.D.’ , Marriage Discourses: Historical and Literary Perspectives on Gender Inequality, edited by Frank Jacob and Jowan Mohammed (De Gruyter, 2021), pp. 187-206. ISBN: 978311075133-8
‘Transmuting F.H. Bradley: Notes towards a Theory of Poetry’, T. S. Eliot Studies Annual 1 (Liverpool UP, 2017): pp. 99-113. ISBN: 9781942954286.
‘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.
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].
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