Romantic Period

Our Research

Oxford has long been a leading centre for the study of the Romantic period.  Numerous scholars have made distinguished contributions to the field, from the pioneering work of Matthew Arnold, Walter Pater and A. C. Bradley, to the important twentieth-century editorial projects of R. W. Chapman, Mary Lascelles, Helen Darbishire, Norma Dalrymple Champneys, Jonathan Wordsworth, Roger Lonsdale and Stephen Gill, and the critical work of H. W. Garrod, F. W. Bateson, John Bayley, David Cecil, W. Robson, A. D. Nuttall, Roy Park and Marilyn Butler.   Among the Emeritus fellows, many still active in the Faculty, are Stephen Gill, Roger Lonsdale, Nicholas Shrimpton and Tom Paulin.  Former members of the Faculty include Paul Hamilton, Jon Mee and Duncan Wu.  Several other members of the Faculty also have interests in Romantic literature: the large number of scholars and the flexibility of the English syllabus encourage dialogue between different periods and approaches. 

Graduate studies in the Romantic period are also flourishing.  Recent successful doctoral theses have included studies of Austen, Byron, Wordsworth, Romantic memorialisation, the British Theatre during the Peninsular War, Coleridge, Blake, Godwin’s drama, Romantic life writing, Keats, Thomas Moore, Anglo-Welsh Literature, the Godwin-Shelley circle and Children’s Literature. The long-running, weekly, Romantic Research seminar, convened by Fiona Stafford and Seamus Perry, meets on Mondays of odd weeks at 5.30pm: it is an inclusive and welcoming forum, an opportunity for graduate students and Faculty members to present their research, as well as providing a platform for visiting scholars to deliver papers on their work. 


Matthew Bevis

The Art of Eloquence: Byron, Dickens, Tennyson, Joyce (OUP 2007; pbk 2010). Winner of the Philip Leverhulme Prize (2008).

Comedy: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2012)

Ed., The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Poetry, (OUP, 2013).

Lessons in Byron (2013).

Ed., with James Williams, Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry (OUP, forthcoming).


Nicholas Halmi

Ed., Northrop Frye, Fearful Symmetry: A Study of William Blake (University of Toronto Press, 2004).

The Genealogy of the Romantic Symbol (OUP, 2007)

Ed., The Norton Critical Edition of Wordsworth's Poetry and Prose (Norton, 2013)


Freya Johnston

Samuel Johnson and the Art of Sinking 1709-1791 (2005).

Ed, with Lynda Mugglestone, Samuel Johnson: The Arc of the Pendulum (2012).

General Ed., The Cambridge Edition of the Novels of Thomas Love Peacock, 7 vols. (Cambridge University Press, 2016 -    ), and co-ed., with Matthew Bevis, Crotchet Castle (forthcoming).

Ed., with Kathryn Sutherland, Jane Austen’s Teenage Writings (OUP, forthcoming).


Timothy Michael

British Romanticism and the Critique of Political Reason (JHUP, 2016)


Lucy Newlyn

Coleridge, Wordsworth, and the Language of Allusion, (OUP 1986; reissued,

Paradise Lost and the Romantic Reader (OUP, 1993).

Reading, Writing, and Romanticism: The Anxiety of Reception (OUP, 2000). Winner of the British Academy Rose Mary Crawshay prize. 

Ed., The Cambridge Companion to Coleridge (CUP, 2002).

Ginnel [poems] (Carcanet, 2005).

Ed., with Guy Cuthbertson, Branchlines: Edward Thomas and Contemporary Poetry(Enitharmon, 2007).

Ed., with Guy Cuthbertson, The Prose Works of Edward Thomas, volume 2::England and Wales (OUP, 2011).

'All in each Other': William and Dorothy Wordsworth (OUP, 2013).

Earth’s Almanac [poems] (Enitharmon, 2015).


Seamus Perry

Coleridge and the Uses of Division (OUP, 1999).

Coleridge: Interviews and Recollections (Palgrave Macmillan, 2000).

Ed., with Nicola Trott, 1800: The New Lyrical Ballads (Palgrave Macmillan, 2000).

Ed.,  Coleridge’s Notebooks: A Selection (OUP, 2002; revised paperback edition, 2003).

Ed. Coleridge on Writers and Writing (Continuum, 2007).

Alfred Tennyson (Northcote House, 2005).

Ed., with Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Tennyson among the Poets (OUP, 2009).

The Connell Guide to T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land (Connell Guides, 2014).

General Ed., The 21st Century Oxford Authors (OUP), and volume editor, Matthew Arnold (forthcoming.)


Fiona Stafford

Ossian, The Sublime Savage (Edinburgh, 1988).

The Last of the Race: The Growth of a Myth from Milton to Darwin (OUP, 1994).

 Starting Lines in Scottish, Irish, and English Poetry, From Burns to Heaney (OUP, 2000).

Jane Austen’s Emma: A Casebook (OUP, 2007).

Jane Austen (Hesperus, 2008).

 Local Attachments (OUP, 2010).

Ed., with David Sergeant, Burns and Other Poets (Edinburgh, 2012).

Reading Romantic Poetry (Blackwell Wiley, 2012).

Ed., William Wordsworth and S.T. Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads 1798, 1802 (OUP, 2015).


Kathryn Sutherland

Ed., Walter Scott, Redgauntlet (OUP, 1985).

Ed., Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations (OUP, 1993).

Ed., Jane  Austen, Mansfield Park (Penguin, 1996).

Electronic Text: Investigations in Method and Theory (OUP, 1997). Text Editing, Print and the Visual Word (with Marilyn Deegan), 2008;

Ed., Walter Scott, The Bride of Lammermoor (OUP, 2000).

Ed., James Austen-Leigh, A Memoir of Jane Austen and Other Life Writings (OUP, 2002).

Jane Austen’s Textual Lives: From Aeschylus to Bollywood (OUP, 2005).

With Marilyn Deegan, Text Editing, Print, and the Digital World (Ashgate, 2009).