Dr Jane Hodson


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Room 5.07, Jessop West
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email : j.hodson@sheffield.ac.uk


My research interests lie at the interface of language and literature, and I am interested in the way in which style is contested at an ideological level. As a linguist I am particularly concerned with the Later Modern English and historical sociolinguistics. As a literary scholar my specialism lies in prose of the Romantic period.

My first degree was in English at Leeds University, where I predominantly studied literature, but also took several courses in language. Having unexpectedly developed a taste for grammar, I then went to Cambridge University where I did an MPhil in Linguistics before joining the School of English to study for a PhD. This was completed in 2000 and is entitled The Politics of Style: Burke, Wollstonecraft, Paine and Godwin. In it I explore theories of language and practices of language in the French Revolution Debate in England in the 1790s. I published a monograph based upon this work in 2007.

I have a strong interest in communicating academic research to external audiences, and I have worked with Chatsworth, Grimm & Co and the Poetry Business among other organisations.


My current area of interest is in the way in which dialects of English are represented in literature. In 2007 I was awarded a grant by the British Academy to explore the Geoffrey Bullough Collection, which is held by the University Library and contains many minor Victorian and Edwardian novels of interest for the study of dialect representation. Following on from this I was awarded a grant by the AHRC to undertake a two-year project on `Dialect in British Fiction 1800-1836'.

I will be organising the third International Conference in Dialect and Literature here in Sheffield in 2016.

My monograph, Dialect in Literature and Film, was published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2014. I am also editing a collection Dialect and Literature in the Long Nineteenth Century, which will be published by Ashgate in 2016.

I have an ongoing interest in the way in which Yorkshire English has been represented in film and literature over the past 200 years.  In 2013 the University held an exhibition on 'Yorkshire Voices', displaying some of the archival material related to this topic in the University Library.


I enjoy teaching on both the BA in English Language and Literature and the MA in English Language and Linguistics. My level three module ‘Dialect in Film and Literature’ builds on my research interests, and students on that module have worked with me to research representations of Yorkshire English and communicate it to local audiences.

At graduate level, I contribute to several team-taught modules and co-teach `Literary Language: History and Culture' with Dr Richard Steadman-Jones. This year in 'Literary Language' we will be exploring the impact that digital media is having on the language of literature.


I welcome PhD applicants who wish to undertake interdisciplinary work in language and literature, particularly with reference to dialect representation, historical stylistics, and issues of power, politics and gender.


I am Director of External Engagement for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. This role involves building mutually beneficial relationships with local businesses, museums, theatres, schools and stately homes. We have recently initiated our 'Arts Enterprise' programme, which is funding a range of exciting and innovative projects across the Faculty.



  • Hodson, J. (2014) Dialect in Film and Literature, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Hodson, J. (2007) Language and Revolution in Burke, Wollstonecraft, Paine, and Godwin, Aldershot: Ashgate.

Edited Volume

  • Hodson, J. editor (forthcoming) Dialect and Literature in the Long Nineteenth Century, Aldershot: Ashgate.

Articles and Chapters

  • Hodson, Jane and Broadhead, Alex (2013) “Developments in literary dialect representation in British fiction 1800–1836” Language and Literature 22:4, 314-332
  • Hodson, Jane (2008) 'Joseph Priestley’s two Rudiments of English Grammar: 1761 and 1768', Grammars, Grammarians and Grammar Writing, edited by Ingrid Tieken-Boon von Ostade, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Hodson, Jane (2007) 'Women write the rights of women: the sexual politics of the personal pronoun in the 1790s' Language and Literature 16:3, 281-304.
  • Hodson, Jane (2006) 'The problem of Joseph Priestley’s (1733-1804) descriptivism' Historiographia Linguistica 33:2, 57-84.
  • Beal, Joan C., Jane Hodson, Richard Steadman-Jones and Carol Percy (2006) 'New approaches to the study of Later Modern English' Historiographia Linguistica 33:1, 1-9.
  • Gavins, J. and Hodson, J. (2006) 'When the Students Become the Teachers: Practical Pedagogical Stylistics with Third Year Undergraduates', in Watson, G. and Zyngier, S. (eds) Literature and Stylistics for Language Learners: Theory and Practice, London: Palgrave, pp.27-36.
  • Hodson, Jane (2002) '"The strongest but most undecorated language": Robinson's rhetorical strategy in Letter to the Women of England', Women’s Writing 9:1, 87-105 [Reprinted in Gale's Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism, Volume 142].
  • Hodson, Jane (2001) 'Language as it is in Caleb Williams' La Questione Romantica 10, 105-117.
  • Hodson, Jane (2000) 'Can a statue breathe? The linguistic (un)coupling of Godwin and Wollstonecraft', Romanticism on the Net 18.


Romanticism on the Net 18