Dr. Thomas Dilworth

University Professor

B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto) Killam Fellow;        Dr. Thomas Dilworth

Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada


CHN Rm 2127
519 253 3000 ext. 2299

Teaching/Research Areas:

  • modern literature

  • Romantic poetry


Tom Dilworth is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Killam Fellow. He specializes in Modern Literature and Romantic Poetry. Interdisciplinary in his interest in relationships between literature and visual art, he is the author of The Shape of Meaning in the Poetry of David Jones, which won the British Council Prize in the Humanities, Reading David Jones, and David Jones in the Great War and David Jones Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet¸an abridged version of which was read on BBC Radio 4. He is the editor of Jones’s illustrated Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Jones’s Wedding Poems, and Inner Necessities, the Letters of David Jones to Desmond Chute. He has edited the Ad Solem bilingual (English/French) editions of Jones’s works, is writing Jones’s biography for Jonathan Cape, and co-editing the correspondence between Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson. He has published over a hundred chapters and articles, on William Cowper, William Blake, William Wordsworth, S.T. Coleridge, John Keats, Herman Melville, Joseph Conrad, Auguste Rodin, Edward Lear, G.M. Hopkins, W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, W.C. Williams, Robert Frost, Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Katherine Mansfield, Wyndham Lewis, David Jones, Virgil Thomson, William Faulkner, Kenneth Clark, W.H. Auden, George Orwell, Patrick Kavanagh, Dylan Thomas, Philip Larkin, William Golding, Marshall McLuhan, A.R. Ammons, Peter Porter, Sylvia Plath, Audre Lord, and Robert Morgan. His recent poetry has appeared in Notre Dame Review, Salmagundi, Rampike, Ontario Review, and Poetry (Chicago).


  • The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson: Composition as Conversation. Edited with Susan Holbrook. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. 336 pages.

  • Reading David Jones. Cardiff:University of Wales Press, 2008, 255 pages.

Recent Articles:

  • “Browne in ‘The Dead’, James Joyce Quarterly, forthcoming.
  • “Introduction to The Shape of Meaning in the Poetry of David Jones,” reprinted in Criticism of Modern Poetry, Gage, forthcoming.
  • “The Anathemata.” Poetry Review, forthcoming
  • “David Jones,” Companion to Modernist Poetry, eds. David Chintz, Gail McDonald. Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming.
  • “Death and Pleasure in ‘The Emperor of Ice-cream’,” The Wallace Stevens Journal 34:2 (Fall 2010), 144-160.
  • With Joanna Luft, “The Name Daisy: The Great Gatsby and Chaucer’s Prologue to The Legend of Good Women,” The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review 8 (2010), 79-91.
  • “Basil Bunting on David Jones,” Poetry Review 100:2 (Summer 2010), 122-3.
  • “Passion of Gatsby: Evocation of Jesus in Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby,” Explicator, 68:2 (2010), 119-21.
  • “Donne’s Compass at the Death Scene in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby,” Explicator 68:1 (2010), 55-7
  • “David Jones Painting in Love: The Lee Shore and Trystan ac Essyllt,” FlashPoint: A Multidisciplinary Journal of the Arts and Politics (Spring 2010), 12 pages  http://www.flashpointmag.com/dilworthjones.htm