THE DAVID JONES RESEARCH CENTER

(est. March 1, 2018)

                 David Jones,  The Artist  (1927)

David Jones, The Artist (1927)

ABOUT THE CENTER

Welcome to the David Jones Research Center, housed within the Honors College of Washington Adventist University.  This center is devoted to the study of the works of the poet and artist David Jones and associated subjects.  Its mission is to:

  • foster original scholarship concerning David Jones and associated subjects

  • support emerging scholars in the field

  • facilitate focused research seminars to be held once per year with the aim of publication

  • depending on interest and resources, organize or support further public lectures, exhibitions, and conferences

ABOUT DAVID JONES

David Jones (1895-1974) was a British modernist poet and artist of distinction.  T. S. Eliot (Jones’s publisher at Faber and Faber) considered Jones to be of the same literary generation as himself and other important modernists such as James Joyce, and Ezra Pound.  Jones’ work engages critically with layers of history, and a desire to preserve cultural heritage rather than see it dissipated.  His first book, In Parenthesis (1937) is considered a masterpiece of WWI literature, and is often compared for its power and epic sweep to Homer’s Iliad.  The Welsh National Opera created an operatic version of In Parenthesis to mark the 100th anniversary of the Great War.  Jones’s second epic-length poem The Anathemata (1952) is considered a masterpiece of mid-20th century literature, one of the few modernist long poems to be aesthetically whole.  Jones was also an acknowledged master of watercolor painting and printmaking, and his art is represented in many public and private collections including Tate Britain.  In 2015 a major retrospective of his art at Pallant House Gallery along with an accompanying monograph provided an opportunity for a new generation to assess Jones’ work.  Due to the complexity of his work, Jones has always enjoyed critical appreciation, if not overwhelming popularity.  In recent years the David Jones scholarly community has grown as younger scholars are finding the richness and relevancy of Jones’s writings, artworks, and cultural theories.  Given Jones’ interest in multiple as aspects of culture and faith, a research center focused on his work is an excellent fit for the interdisciplinary curricular focus of the WAU Honors College.

modernism series

The David Jones Research Center will host its first “Modernism Series” event on 19 November, 2018 at the Weis Library on the Washington Adventist University Campus: a “Celebratory Poetry Reading” in honor of Jones’s fellow Faber poet and contemporary, W.S. Graham. See the Events page of the David Jones Research Center Website for more information. 

CENTER LEADERSHIP AND STAFF

Prof. Bradford Haas, Director
Washington Adventist University Honors College

Dr. Kathleen Henderson Staudt, Director
The David Jones Research Center

Anna Svendsen, Associate Director
Franciscan University of Steubenville 

ADVISORY BOARD

Prof. Bradford Haas, Chair (Washington Adventist University Honors College)
Dr. Kathleen Henderson Staudt, Director (Virginia Theological Seminary)
Dr. Gregory Baker (Catholic University of America)
Dr. Thomas Goldpaugh (Marist University (retired))
Dr. Paul Robichaud (Albertus Magnus University)
Dr. Adam Schwartz (Christendom College)
Dr. Anna Svendsen (Franciscan University of Steubenville), Secretary 

ContACT

David Jones Research Center
The Honors College
Washington Adventist University
7600 Flower Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Phone: (301) 891-4543
E-mail: djresearch@wau.edu

For more information, please visit our main website:

https://www.davidjonesresearch.org