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Professor Michael Wheeler is a Visiting Professor of English Literature at the University of Southampton, which he joined in 1999.

Michael Wheeler was the founding Director of the Ruskin Centre at Lancaster University, where he led the project to build the award-winning Ruskin Library to house the world's greatest collection of Ruskin material, and subsequently (1999-2001) the Director of Chawton House Library, home of the Centre for the Study of Early English Women's Writing (1600-1830), with which the University is formally linked.

He was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and University College, London, where his PhD was on Elizabeth Gaskell, and has published extensively on Victorian fiction, the literature and theology of death and the future life, Ruskin, and Roman Catholicism.

He is the Chair of the Murray Bequest to Birkbeck College, London. He has research interests in Victorian cultural history, focusing on the relationship between literature, religion, politics and the arts.


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Research interests

Michael's book, 1845: public lives and private letters in a year of crisis, is forthcoming. He is currently working on W.E. Gladstone.


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The Athenaeum: More Than Just Another London Club, Yale UP (2020)

St John and the Victorians, Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Press (2011)

Book section

  • Wheeler, Michael (2020), 'Gladstone Reads his Contemporaries', in The Edinburgh History of Reading: Modern Readers, ed. Mary Hammond (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020), pp. 83-103.
  • Wheeler, Michael (2019), 'An Outspoken Environmental Prophet', in Victorian Visionary: John Ruskin and the Realization of the Ideal, ed. Peter X. Accardo (Cambridge, Mass.: Houghton Library, 2019), pp. 21-27.
  • Wheeler, Michael (2015), 'The Bible and Art'. In John Riches (ed.) The New Cambridge History of the Bible, vol. IV: 1750 to the Present, Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Press.
  • Wheeler, Michael (2010) 'Ruskin and his Contemporaries Reading the King James Bible'. In Hannibal Hamlin and Norman W. Jones (eds) The King James Bible after 400 Years: Literary, Linguistic and Cultural influences, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 234-52.
  • Wheeler, Michael (2008), 'The Possibility of Watts: Religion and Spirituality in Victorian England'. In Mark Bills and Barbara Bryant et al. (eds), G.F. Watts, Victorian Visionary: Highlights from the Watts Gallery Collection, New Haven and London, Yale University Press / Watts Gallery, 2008, 51-7.


Regular reviews and columns for the Church Times


Professor Michael Wheeler
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Southampton. SO17 1BF United Kingdom

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