Welcome to my Website!
It integrates my personal profile (Jana - nee Widdows) with my professional
See also http://www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/academic-staff/art-design-humanities/jane-dowson/jane-dowson.aspx
After a BA in English Literature (University of Leicester) and a PGCE in Secondary Education (University of Oxford - Hertford College), I took a post at Weston Favell
Upper School, Northampton. I then moved to De Montfort University and while lecturing there I completed an MA in Contemporary Literature: Theory and Practice and a PhD on Modern Women's
I am now an Honorary Reader in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities.
I proudly took the name Jana when I married Tim and inherited two beautiful brilliant stepdaughters, Isabel and Monica who are based in Quebec City and Paris
respectively. We live in Oxfordshire with our lively and loving Springer Spaniel, Mica.
‘'Jane Dowson is a considerable critic,
exceptional in the clarity, range and originality of her work. Women, Modernism and British Poetry, 1910-1939: Resisting Femininity (2002), Women's Writing 1945-1960: After the
Deluge (2003) and the Cambridge University Press A History of Twentieth-Century British Women's Poetry (with Alice Entwistle, 2005) are volumes which scrupulously trace and develop
contexts and re-evaluate the work of a range of key writers, providing a coherent and continuous account of the many threads in a rapidly developing tradition. In terms of her methodologies Jane
Dowson is at once consistent and original, and her collaborative work, too, is exemplary. The writing stands out in part for its resolving clarity, in part for its readability. I take Dr Dowson to be
among the more significant writers on modern and contemporary poetry, and certainly one of the most comprehensively informed.’ (Professor Michael Schmidt, University of Glasgow; editor, Carcanet
Press and Poetry Nation Review. Reference for British Academy grant, 2006)