Jennifer Wallace is a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Cambridge and Harris Fellow of Peterhouse. She grew up in London and Edinburgh, and went to Cambridge in 1984 for a degree in Classics and English. She continued to combine the two subjects in her doctoral dissertation there on Shelley and Hellenism. A three-year research fellowship at Clare College, Cambridge followed, before she took up the post at Peterhouse in 1995.
Jennifer has published extensively on Hellenism and classical reception in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, including her book, Shelley and Greece in 1997, her co-edited volume The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature 1790-1880 (2015), and articles on Byron, Keats, Mary Shelley, L.E.L., Illyria, the bluestocking Elizabeth Carter, Matthew Arnold and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, among others. She has also written books on archaeology (Digging the Dirt: The Archaeological Imagination) and on classical, Shakespearean and modern drama (The Cambridge Introduction to Tragedy).
Beyond academia, Jennifer has reviewed fiction for the TLS and written feature articles for the THES, including interviews of Andre Brink, David Mamet, Edward Said, Slavoj Zizek, Luce Irigaray and many other philosophers, writers, and feminists. She’s written on biblical archaeology in Israel for the Smithsonian magazine, and covered, for other magazines, issues of rural development and environmental destruction in India and China.
Jennifer’s first novel, Digging Up Milton, was published by Cillian Press in 2015. She lives in London with her husband, the photographer Robert Wallis.
She has served as Chair of the Adjudicating Committee for the 2015 Prize.