Susan Jones (Spring ’15) spent fifteen years as a soloist with The Scottish Ballet, Glasgow before beginning a career in academia. She is a Fellow of St Hilda’s College, and the English Faculty, University of Oxford. She publishes widely on Joseph Conrad, nineteenth-century literature, women’s writing, modernism, and the history and aesthetics of dance. Her latest book, Literature, Modernism, and Dance appeared in 2013 with Oxford University Press. She founded Dance Scholarship Oxford in 2013.
Rewriting Grace for the Modern World
Jones’ work at the Center contributed to an interdisciplinary enquiry into the cultural contexts and meanings of ‘grace’, whether physical, literary, theological, philosophical, art historical, or sociological. Jones explored the antecedents, in German romanticism, of a protomodernist and modernist skepticism about the graceful body and examined the ways in which eighteenth-century representations of the dancer paradoxically impact nineteenth- and twentieth-century philosophical invocations of physical identity, action, and affect.