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Stuart Lee
Academic Position:
Lecturer and Reader in E-learning and Digital Libraries
Research Interests:
Medieval, Fantasy Literature, WW1 Literature, Electronic Publishing

Dr Stuart Lee is a member of the Faculty of English as well as the University’s Deputy CIO. In English he has taught Old English, World War One Poetry, Fantasy Literature (with a focus on J. R. R. Tolkien) and digital humanities. He is a member of several senior University committees, and has led major research projects in the fields of digitisation, humanities computing, and e-learning. Key projects he has led or worked on are the First World War Digital Poetry Archive, the Great War Archive, Woruldhord, and Europeana 1914-1918. In 2008 he was made Oxford’s Reader in E-learning and Digital Libraries and received a University Teaching Award. He has also received an award under the VC’s Public Engagement with Research.

Recent Publications

  • (ed.) Critical Assessments of Major Writers: J. R. R. Tolkien 4 Vols. (Routledge, 2017).
  • The Keys of Middle-earth 2nd. ed. with E. Solopova (Palgrave-Macmillan, August 2015).
  • (ed.) A Companion to J. R. R. Tolkien (Blackwells/Wiley, 2013).
  • ‘lagustreamas: J. R. R. Tolkien and The Battle of Maldon’ in The Wisdom of Exeter, Medieval Institute Publications ed. E. Christie (Kalamazoo: Western Michigan University Press, due December 2019)
  • ‘BBC Radio Dramatisation of The Lord of the Rings’ (1955-56)’ in The Road Goes Ever On: Essays in Honour of Christopher Tolkien (Oxford: Bodleian Library Publications, forthcoming 2020)
  • ‘"Tolkien in Oxford" (BBC, 1968): A Reconstruction’, Tolkien Studies XV (2018), 115-176
  • ‘The British Canon’ in The Cambridge History of World War One Poetry ed. J. Potter (Cambridge: CUP, forthcoming 2021).
# Title Description Contributor
1 Approaching Fantasy Literature

This shortened version of a lecture seeks to introduce the listener to the concept of fantasy...

Stuart Lee
2 H. P. Lovecraft

A brief introduction to the American writer H. P. Lovecraft, the master of 'weird fiction'. The...

Stuart Lee
3 Middle Earth and Tolkien's Digital Afterlives

Stuart Lee traces how Tolkien's Middle-earth and especially 'The Lord of the Rings' have been...

Stuart Lee
4 The Stories of Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien and Philip Pullman

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Stuart Lee and Margaret Kean explore the digital afterlives of these...

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Stuart Lee, Margaret Kean
5 Old English Tour - British Library

Enhanced Podcast Tour of the Old English Manuscripts on display at the British Library by Dr S....

Stuart Lee
# Title Description Contributor
1 William Morris and E. R. Eddison Collections at the Bodleian

An interview with Rachael Marsay about the William Morris and E. R. Eddison collections at the...

Rachael Marsay, Stuart Lee
2 Tolkien Archive and Exhibition at Bodleian (Pt 2)

Interview with Catherine McIlwaine, Tolkien Archivist at the Bodleian. This second part deals...

Stuart Lee, Catherine McIlwaine
3 Tolkien Archive and Exhibition at Bodleian (Pt 1)

Interview with Catherine McIlwaine, the Tolkien Archivist, by Stuart Lee on the Tolkien archive...

Stuart Lee, Catherine McIlwaine
4 Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary: 'The Ring of Words'

A discussion with the authors of 'The Ring of Words', an exploration into Tolkien's work as a...

Stuart Lee, Peter Gilliver, Jeremy Marshall, Edmund Weiner
5 Tolkien and Languages: Ancient and Invented

Interview with Dr Elizabeth Solopova from the Bodlian Library on the influence of medieval...

Elizabeth Solopova, Stuart Lee
6 Talking Tolkien: The influences of Medieval Literature on the Fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien

Stuart Lee and Elizabeth Solopova discuss the influences of medieval literature on the fiction...

Stuart Lee, Elizabeth Solopova
7 J.R.R. Tolkien: Medievalist and Mythmaker

These lectures cover an introduction to J R R Tolkien's career, show how medieval literature...

Stuart Lee
8 J.R.R. Tolkien 'Beyond the Shoreless Sea'

These lectures cover an introduction to J R R Tolkien's career, show how medieval literature...

Stuart Lee
9 The Lord of the Rings: Tolkien's Legacy

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of the final volume of Tolkien’s fantasy...

Elleke Boehmer, Stuart Lee, Patrick Curry, Dimitra Fimi, Andy Orchard
10 David Jones

Often overlooked, Dr Stuart Lee introduces David Jones and his seminal work 'In Parenthesis'....

Stuart Lee
11 Manuscripts

In this short talk Dr Stuart Lee introduces some of the primary sources of World War One poetry...

Stuart Lee
12 Popular Poetry

Dr Stuart Lee discusses the popular poetry of the War years and the formation of the canon in...

Stuart Lee
13 Poetry vs. History

What place do the poets and their work have in the historical analysis of the War? Dr Stuart Lee...

Stuart Lee
14 Georgians and Others

Dr Stuart Lee gives a short introduction to the poetry movements that led up to the War.

Stuart Lee
15 Old English in Context Lecture 4 - Manuscripts

Fourth and final lecture by Dr S D Lee, University of Oxford, on Old English in Context. 7/2/08...

Stuart Lee
16 Old English in Context Lecture 3 - Religion and Magic

Lecture 3 in a series on placing Old English in Context, Religion and magic. Delivered by Dr S D...

Stuart Lee
17 Old English in Context Lecture 2 - Society

Lecture delivered by Dr Stuart D Lee, 24/1/08, English Faculty, University of Oxford on Anglo-...

Stuart Lee
18 Old English in Context Lecture 1 - Historical texts

Lecture by Dr S. D. Lee, Faculty of English, Oxford University - placing Old English literature...

Stuart Lee
19 Anglo-Saxon Tour - British Museum

Audio only Tour of the Anglo-Saxon exhibits on display at the British Museum by Dr S. D. Lee,...

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20 Beowulf reading, ll. 26-52

Reading from Beowulf ll. 26-52 by Stuart D Lee, University of Oxford. Recorded March 2007.

Stuart Lee
21 Anglo-Saxon Chronicle reading

Reading from an entry in The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle by Stuart D Lee, University of Oxford....

Stuart Lee
22 Old English Tour - British Library

Audio Only Tour of the Old English Manuscripts on display at the British Library by Dr S. D. Lee...

Stuart Lee
# Essay Title Description Contributor
1 Wilfred Owen - biography

'My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity.'

Stephanie Fishwick, Stuart Lee
2 Ivor Guerney - biography

'Little did I dream, England, that you bore me / Under the Cotswold hills beside the water...

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3 The Georgians will inherit the earth...

When Filippo Marinetti published the manifesto for the Futurist movement on the front page of Le...

Stuart Lee
# Title Description Author
1 Poetry in Context: The First World War Poetry Digital Archive (article)

Kate Lindsay and Stuart Lee describe how primary source material is enriching teaching and...

Stuart Lee, Katharine Lindsay
# Resource Title Description Contributor
1 Old English Coursepack

Oxford University's Old English Coursepack. This online set of hypertext editions was designed...

Stuart Lee
2 Woruldhord

The Woruldhord project offers online access to a database of images, texts, presentations, and...

Stuart Lee