UCL English


Dr Owen Holland


Email: owen.holland@ucl.ac.uk
External phone: 020 7679 3139 
Internal phone: 33139
Office: Foster Court 238




Education and Experience 

Owen Holland read English Literature at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge and subsequently took an MA in Critical Theory at the University of Sussex. He returned to Cambridge to pursue his doctoral research and was awarded his doctorate in 2015. He was Career Development Fellow in Victorian and Modern Literature at Jesus College, Oxford between 2016 and 2018 before he moved to UCL in 2018, where he is a Teaching Fellow in Nineteenth-century Literature.  

Research Interests

Owen’s first book, William Morris’s Utopianism: Propaganda, Politics and Prefiguration, was published with Palgrave in 2017. It forms part of a new book series, Palgrave Studies in Utopianism, edited by Professor Gregory Claeys. 

He is currently writing his second book on cultural responses to the Paris Commune in Britain between 1871 and 1914, which is under contract with Rutgers University Press. 

More widely, he is interested in critical theory, particularly cultural materialism. He is also the editor of The Journal of William Morris Studies.


William Morris’s Utopianism: Propaganda, Politics and Prefiguration (Palgrave, 2017)


William Morris, How I Became a Socialist and Other Writings, ed. with an introduction and notes, with a preface by Owen Hatherley (Verso Revolutions series, forthcoming) 

Articles and Chapters in Books

‘“Thy sun, Revolution, is winning its noon”: Political Symbolism in Arnold, Clough and Chartist poetry’, Victorian Poetry, 57.3 (Fall 2019), 297-320

‘Morris and Marxist Theory’, in The Routledge Companion to William Morris, ed. Florence Boos (forthcoming)

‘“It had to come back”: The Paris Commune and H.G. Wells’s When the Sleeper Wakes’, ELH, 86.2 (2019), 525-54

‘From the Place Vendôme to Trafalgar Square: Imperialism and Counter-hegemony in the 1880s Romance Revival’, Key Words: A Journal of Cultural Materialism, 14 (2016), 98-115

‘Spectatorship and Entanglement in Thoreau, Hawthorne, Morris and Wells’, Utopian Studies, 27.1 (2016), 28-52  

‘Revisiting Morris’s Socialist Internationalism: Reflections on Translation and Colonialism (with an annotated bibliography of translations of News from Nowhere, 1890-1915)’, The Journal of William Morris Studies, 21.2 (Summer 2015), 26-52  

Owen Holland and Eoin Phillips, ‘Fifty Years of E.P. Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class: Some Field Notes’, Social History, 39.2 (2014), 172-81

‘Remembering Ewan MacColl: The Agency of Writing and the Creation of a Participatory Popular Culture’, New Theatre Quarterly, 28.1 (February 2012), 80-93

‘Utopia and the Prohibition of Melancholy: Mulleygrubs and Malcontents in William Morris’s News from Nowhere’, MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities, 6.1 (2011), 36-45


Joseph Bristow and Josephine McDonagh, eds, Nineteenth-Century Radical Traditions (Palgrave, 2016), The Review of English Studies, 68.286 (September 2017), 820-822

Kristin Ross, Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune (Verso, 2015), Journal of William Morris Studies, 21.3 (Winter 2015), 77-82

Elizabeth Carolyn Miller, Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Late Victorian Culture (Stanford, 2013), Glasgow Review of Books (online magazine), October 2013

Mark Bevir, The Making of British Socialism (Princeton, 2011), John Rignall and H. Gustav Klaus, eds, Ecology and the Literature of the British Left: The Red and the Green (Ashgate, 2012), Anna Vaninskaya, William Morris and the Idea of Community: Romance, History and Propaganda, 1880–1914 (Edinburgh, 2010), Journal of Victorian Culture, 18.1 (2013), 162-67