Dr Andrew Hodgson BA (Hons.), MA, PhD

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Department of English Literature
Lecturer in Romanticism

Contact details

Arts Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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.


BA, MA, PhD (Durham)


I came to Birmingham in 2016, having studied and taught at the University of Durham.


In the 2016/17 academic year I will be teaching on first year Poetry and Prose and second year Gothic, Romantics and Romanticisms, and Stories of the Novel courses, as well as on the MA in Nineteenth Century Literature and Culture.

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome enquiries about research supervision related to any of my areas of interest:

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


I am writing a book on individualism in the poetry of the long nineteenth century. I am also beginning to think about song as a literary genre, and on literary failure in the Romantic period.

Other activities

I have organised conferences on the origins and legacies of Romantic writing and thought and on rhyme in English Poetry.

I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Edited Volumes

  • Co-editor, with Oliver Clarkson, Romanticism [‘Romantic Rhyme’ special number] (forthcoming).


  • The Connell Short Guide to Reading Poetry (forthcoming).

Journal Articles

  • ‘Gray’s Finish’ (under review).
  • ‘Clare on Wordsworth’ (under review).  
  • ‘Romantic Rhyme and the Airs that Stray’ (co-author, with Oliver Clarkson), Romanticism [‘Romantic Rhyme’ special number] (forthcoming).
  • ‘Larkin Aloud’, Literary Imagination 18.2 (2016): 168-179.
  • ‘Clare’s Lyric Impulse’, Cambridge Quarterly 45.2 (2016): 103-118.
  • ‘Hopkins’s Heart’, Victorian Poetry 54.1 (2016): 93-117.
  • ‘Clare on the Wane’, English 64.247 (2015): 296-311.
  • ‘An Allusion to Robert Southwell in John Clare’s “The Flitting”?’, Notes & Queries 62.3 (2015): 410-412.
  • ‘Form and Feeling in John Clare’s Sonnets’, John Clare Society Journal 31 (2012): 51-66.


  • Andrew Kötting,  By Our Selves (Arts Council England), Romanticism (forthcoming).
  • Frances Wilson, Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey (Bloomsbury), The London Magazine (May 2016).
  • Grzegorz Kosc, Robert Frost’s Political Body (Camden House, 2014), Journal of American Studies 50.2 (2016): E23 (online).
  • Stephanie Kuduk Weiner, Clare’s Lyric (Oxford UP, 2014), BARS Bulletin 46 (2015).
  • John Goodridge, John Clare and Community (Cambridge UP, 2013), Romanticism 21.3 (2015): 317-319.