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Helen Small

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Helen Small
Academic Position:
Merton Professor of English Language & Literature

Helen Small is the author of The Value of the Humanities (Oxford University Press, 2013)—a critical study of the arguments that have most often been used to defend the value of studying humanities subjects at university level. The book has been widely influential in recent efforts to sharpen the work of advocacy. She has also written about the difference between living a long and a short life (The Long Life, 2008), and has edited a number of major novels including Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and W. M. Thackeray’s Vanity Fair. Her most recent book is The Function of Cynicism at the Present Time, in press with OUP for publication in 2020. At Oxford she teaches literature from 1780 to the present day, with special concentration on the Victorian period. She is the Merton Professor of English Language and Literature.

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Recent Publications

# Title Description Contributor
1 Hilary Mantel - Bart Van Es and Helen Small in Conversation about Third-Person Narrative in the Cromwell Trilogy

Readers of Hilary Mantel's trilogy of novels Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies,...

Helen Small, Bart van Es
2 Why should we study the humanities?

For those wanting a further challenge, Professor Helen Small of Pembroke College, Oxford,...

Helen Small, Ilana Lassman