Dr Freya Johnston

I am general editor of the seven-volume Cambridge Edition of the Novels of Thomas Love Peacock (the first two volumes appeared in 2016) and co-editor of his penultimate novel, Crotchet Castle (1831). In 2017, Kathryn Sutherland and I published a newly edited and annotated text of Jane Austen’s Teenage Writings for the Oxford World’s Classics series. I’m now finishing a critical study of the young Jane Austen, which will be published by Princeton University Press.

Other research interests include Pope, Swift, epic and mock-epic, Byron, Hazlitt, Dickens, German literature (especially Kafka), prose style, practical criticism, and comparative literature.

  • Undergraduate: Introduction to Literary Studies; seventeenth- to nineteenth-century period papers; various special authors and special topics.
  • Graduate: MSt in English, 1700-1830.



  • Thomas Love Peacock: Crotchets Rampant

  • Jane Austen's Universals

  • Eric Griffiths If not critical

  • Keeping to William Hazlitt

  • Teenage Writings