Academic staff with an interest in Eighteenth-Century Literature

Our research on eighteenth-century literature embodies a wide conception of the literate culture of the period.

We have a strong tradition of research on the leading writers of the period, notably Pope and Swift, including substantial editing projects. At the same time, we explore key developments within eighteenth-century literate culture more widely, including examining the reception of earlier writers such as Jonson and Shakespeare; teasing out interactions between literature and visual art in the period; re-evaluating the literary forgeries of Macpherson’s Ossian and Chatterton’s Rowley; and considering how dictionaries helped to form new relationships between literature and language more widely. 

List of Academic Staff

Dr Hugh Adlington

Senior Lecturer

My research interests are primarily in the area of early modern literature (1500-1800), particularly religious poetry and prose, the works of John Donne, John Milton and Thomas Browne, the history of the book, and textual editing. Selected works-in-progress include a monograph on John Donne's library and reading, and a scholarly edition of John Donne's sermons. I enjoy teaching widely across our ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5672
Email
h.c.adlington@bham.ac.uk

Dr Louise Curran

Dr Louise Curran

Lecturer in Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century English Literature

I research eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English literature, especially letter-writing and literary celebrity, the novel, and the links between material forms and textual meanings.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8697
Email
l.curran@bham.ac.uk

Dr David Griffith

Dr David Griffith

Senior Lecturer in English Medieval Studies

My primary area of research is the later medieval period into the early sixteenth century.  I work on medieval epigraphy, vernacularity, memorialisation, antiquarianism, and relations between textual and visual cultures, with a particular focus upon in the parish church.  I also have interests in writings of and about the First World War, especially prose writers of the 1910s and 20s ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3251
Email
d.m.griffith@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrew Hodgson

Dr Andrew Hodgson

Lecturer in Romanticism

I am interested in questions of voice, influence, and achievement in English poetry and in particular the poetry of the Romantic period. I teach across the spectrum of English literature - especially from the eighteenth-century onward.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8264
Email
a.hodgson@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sarah Macmillan

Dr Sarah Macmillan

Teaching Fellow in Medieval Literature

My research interests are in the religious literature and culture of late-medieval England and deal in particular with issues of gender and identity. I also teach widely in medieval and early modern literature.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4028
Email
s.m.macmillan@bham.ac.uk

Dr Anne McDermott

Dr Anne McDermott

Reader in English Literature

I teach across all periods of literature, especially the early modern period and eighteenth century. As a researcher, I work on language and lexicography in the eighteenth century, particularly Johnson’s Dictionary. I also work on eighteenth-century women’s writing and offer a final-year option on this. I am currently working on Pope’s Rape of the Lock.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3936

Dr Sebastian Mitchell

Dr Sebastian Mitchell

Senior Lecturer in English Literature

I’m a Senior Lecturer in English Literature in EDACS. I teach modules across a range of periods; and my main research interests are literature and painting in the Eighteenth Century and the Romantic Period, and utopian writing.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4943
Email
j.h.s.mitchell@bham.ac.uk

Dr Kate Rumbold

Dr Kate Rumbold

Senior Lecturer

I’m a Senior Lecturer in English Literature, and I teach across all periods of literature, especially the early modern period and eighteenth century. As a researcher, I’m interested the way Shakespeare is quoted and valued in literature and culture, from his own lifetime to the twenty-first century.  

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8054
Email
k.l.rumbold@bham.ac.uk

Professor Valerie Rumbold

Professor Valerie Rumbold

Chair in English Literature

My main enthusiasm is for eighteenth-century poetry and satire, particularly the work of Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift, and I have a special interest in textual editing, having produced, over the last few years, editions of Pope’s Dunciad and of hoaxes and parodies by Swift.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5692
Email
v.rumbold@bham.ac.uk

Professor Wendy Scase

Professor Wendy Scase

Geoffrey Shepherd Professor of Medieval English Literature

I am a specialist in medieval English language and literature with strong manuscripts, archival, and interdisciplinary experience. My work addresses questions that trouble the conventional boundaries between literary and other discourses, and is informed by the belief that medieval textual research can contribute to cultural history and enrich theory and practice in English studies.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6207
Email
w.l.scase@bham.ac.uk

Dr Philippa Semper

Dr Philippa Semper

Lecturer in English

My work centres on Old English language and literature and the interaction between text and image in Anglo-Saxon manuscripts; I also write about and teach modern fantasy literature and its relationships with medieval texts.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5684
Email
p.semper@bham.ac.uk

Dr Joseph Wallace

Dr Joseph Wallace

Birmingham Fellow

I work on the literature and culture of sixteenth and seventeenth century England. My critical interests include the reception of classical culture, early modern religious conflict, the history of ideas, and early modern political theory.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5699
Email
j.wallace@bham.ac.uk

Dr Matthew Ward

Dr Matthew Ward

Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature

My work focuses on British Romanticism, and the literature and intellectual history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Within these parameters I’m especially interested in William Wordsworth, Lord Byron, and Percy Shelley, poetry and poetics, periodization, literary inheritance, theories of humour, the history of emotions, sounds in literature and modes of listening, and ecology ...

Email
m.ward.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr Emily Wingfield

Dr Emily Wingfield

Lecturer

I’m a Lecturer in English Literature. I teach pre-1800 literature, with a particular focus on the Medieval and Renaissance periods. As a researcher, I work on medieval Scottish literature. I am particularly interested in romance, manuscript study, and book history.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 4144028
Email
e.l.wingfield@bham.ac.uk

Dr Gillian Wright

Dr Gillian Wright

Reader in English and Irish Literature

I am a Reader in English and Irish Literature. My research and teaching focus on literature from the early modern period, and in particular on poetry, women’s writing, and book history and editing. I am a General Editor on the new AHRC-funded Cambridge edition of The Works of Aphra Behn, for which I am editing Behn’s poetry. I also teach contemporary Irish fiction. 

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5671
Email
g.wright@bham.ac.uk