Find a research supervisor 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. 

Professor Hugh Adlington

Professor Hugh Adlington

Professor of English Literature

  • John Donne and his contemporaries
  • Seventeenth-century religious poetry and prose
  • John Milton and his contemporaries
  • Early modern print and manuscript culture

Dr Louise Curran

Dr Louise Curran

Lecturer in Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century English Literature

  • Samuel Richardson and epistolary fiction
  • Letter-writing and authorial archives
  • Literary fame and celebrity
  • The novel and prose style
  • Life-writing (autobiography, biography, memoir)

Dr David Griffith

Dr David Griffith

Senior Lecturer in English Medieval Studies

  • Late medieval literature
  • Medieval visual culture
  • Tudor literature
  • Pre-modern drama
  • Epigraphy
  • First World War

Dr Andrew Hodgson

Dr Andrew Hodgson

Senior Lecturer in Romanticism

  • English Poetry
  • Romantic-period Writing and its Legacies
  • Individualism
  • Lyric Voice

Dr Sebastian Mitchell

Dr Sebastian Mitchell

Senior Lecturer in English Literature

  • Eighteenth-century literature and art
  • Romanticism
  • Intellectual history
  • Aesthetics
  • Utopianism
  • Scottish literature

Dr Kate Rumbold

Dr Kate Rumbold

Senior Lecturer

  • Eighteenth-century Shakespeare
  • Eighteenth-century fiction
  • Quotation
  • Reception
  • The uses of poetry
  • Cultural value

Professor Wendy Scase

Professor Wendy Scase

Emeritus Geoffrey Shepherd Professor of Medieval English Literature

  • Medieval English literature and culture
  • Radical, polemical and satirical writing
  • Early printed broadsides and pamphlets
  • Langland
  • Lollardy
  • Digital palaeography

Dr Philippa Semper

Dr Philippa Semper

Senior Lecturer in English

  • Old English literature
  • Modern fantasy literature
  • J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Medievalism
  • Anglo-Saxon manuscripts

Dr Matthew Ward

Dr Matthew Ward

Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature

  • Romantic-period writing – especially the Wordsworths, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, John Keats and the cockney-school
  • Literary afterlives
  • Poetry and poetics across the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
  • Humour and comedy
  • Sound studies
  • The environment

Dr Emily Wingfield

Dr Emily Wingfield

Senior Lecturer

  • Older Scots Literature
  • Romance and Arthurian Literature
  • Women and the Book in the Middle Ages
  • The Trojan Legend/ medieval reception of Classical literature
  • Manuscript Studies and Book History
  • Magic and the Supernatural Chaucer and Chaucer’s Legacy (including Lydgate and Henryson)

Professor Gillian Wright

Professor Gillian Wright

Professor of English and Irish Literature

  • Aphra Behn
  • Restoration literature
  • Early modern women's writing
  • Book history
  • Samuel Daniel