Dr Michael Rossington
Senior Lecturer in Romantic Literature

Roles

Academic Director (Newcastle University), AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership

Qualifications

BA, DPhil (Oxford)

Research interests

Poetry, life-writing and political discourse in Britain and Europe 1760-1840, especially the writings of Percy Shelley and Mary Shelley, republican ideas and comparatist approaches to Enlightenment and Romantic-period literature; bibliography; comparative literature; reception; textual editing; translation.

PhD supervision

I've been sole or main supervisor of 10 successfully completed PhD theses on the following topics: Italy in Mary Shelley's writings (2002); The influence of James Lind on Shelley (2002); Wordsworth’s poetry and Trauma theory (2009), Codes of manliness in 1790s writing (2010), Goethe's Faust and the poetry of Byron and Shelley (2011), Memory in  Wordsworth and George Eliot (2011), The philosophy of death in the poetry of Wordsworth and Shelley (2012); Political economy in Shelley's prose (2013); The man of feeling and nationhood, 1760-1820 (2013); A Benjaminian interpretation of the dramatic in the works of Coleridge (2014).

I'm currently main supervisor of a PhD on the utopian in P. B. Shelley's writings.

I welcome proposals in any area of my research interests from prospective PhD and MLitt (Master's by research) students as well as postdoctoral researchers.

Externalling of research degrees

Birkbeck, University of London (2008); Cambridge (2006); Durham (1996); Exeter (1996); King's College London (2010); Leeds (2004); Liverpool (2006). 

Advisory/Editorial Boards

The Shelley-Godwin Archive; L'Analisi linguistici e letteraria; The Oxford University Press Edition of the Works of Robert Burns; The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe (ex officio); Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, Durham University.

Peer reviewing

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; Agenzia Nazionale di Valutazione del Sistema Universitario e della Ricerca (Italy); National Research Foundation (South Africa); Swiss National Science Foundation. 

Professional affiliations

British Association for Romantic Studies; Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies (Durham University); Keats-Shelley Association of America; Keats-Shelley Memorial Association; North American Society for the Study of Romanticism; The Wordsworth Trust.

Public engagement

'Shelley's Ghost' exhibition lunchtime lecture, The Bodleian Library, University of Oxford (2011); 'Memory', Australia Talks, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (2007); 'Mary Shelley', Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4 (1997).

International conference organisation

Co-convenor of 'From the Renaissance to the Risorgimento: British Perceptions of Italy as a Nation State, Between Aesthetics and Ethics' Round Table, ESSE 10 conference, University of Turin (2010).

Co-organiser of 'Republican exchanges c.1550-c.1850' conference (http://conferences.ncl.ac.uk/republicanexchanges), Newcastle University (2009).

Convenor of ‘Romantic Republicanism’ Special Session, '(Trans)National Identities/Reimagining Communities' CISR/NASSR conference, University of Bologna (2008).

Co-organiser of 'The Reception of P. B. Shelley in Europe' colloquium, University College, Oxford (2006).

Co-organiser of 'Romanticism's Debatable Lands', The British Association for Romantic Studies Biennial International Conference, Newcastle University (2005).

Co-organiser of 'Refiguring History: Between the Psyche and the Polis', Newcastle University (1999).

External funding

AHRC Research Grant scheme (Co-Investigator, 2002-7); AHRC research leave scheme award (2006-7); British Academy Overseas Conference Grant (2008); AHRB research leave scheme award (1998-9); British Academy Small Research Grant (1998); British Academy Small Research Grant (1991).

Visiting Fellowships

St Catherine's College, Oxford (2012); All Souls College, Oxford (2006); St John's College, Oxford (1995).

Conference papers, visiting speaker papers and contributions to round-tables

Belfast (2014), Bologna (2008); Cambridge (1993, 1998, 2011); Durham (1998, 2007); Geneva (2001); Glasgow (2009, 2012); Gregynog (1992); Leeds (1992, 1997); Leicester (1989); Lerici (2005); Liverpool (1993); London (1991, 2006); Milan (2012); Neuchatel (2005); New York (1997, 2003); Newcastle (2009, 2012); Oxford (1989, 2006, 2010, 2013); St Andrews (2000); Turin (2010); Warwick (2003).

Current work

I'm co-ordinating the fifth and final volume of the 'Longman Annotated English Poets' edition of 'The Poems of Shelley' which I'm editing with Jack Donovan, Kelvin Everest and Francesco Rognoni.

Projects

Module leader, Romantic Poetry (SEL3305).

Lecturer, Introduction to Literary Studies II (SEL1004).

External examiner for undergraduate degrees in English at the University of Sheffield.