School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Jennifer Orr

Lecturer in Eighteenth Century Literature



I am Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Literature in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics (SELLL) with specialisms in Comparative Romantic Literature (particularly Scottish and Irish), print culture (especially newspapers), literary networks, poetic correspondence and poetic self-fashioning in the 'long' Eighteenth Century. 

I joined SELLL in 2013. Previously I held a Lectureship at Christ Church, University of Oxford and an IRCHSS Research Fellowship at Trinity College Dublin.

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MA - University of Oxford 
PhD - University of Glasgow


Fellow of Higher Education Academy 


British Association of Irish Studies (BAIS)

British Association of Romantic Studies (BARS)

American and British Societies for Eighteenth Century Studies (ASECS/BSECS)

Labouring-class Writers Project (Nottingham Trent University)

Network of Irish Historians in the North East (NIHNC)

North East Forum for Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies (NEFECRS)


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Research Interests

Comparative Romanticism (particularly Scottish and Irish Romanticism); with a specialist interest in poetic networks (including coterie culture) and poetic self-fashioning (particularly labouring-class self-fashioning).  My recently published work includes studies of Robert Burns and Irish republican print culture, including the poetic circles Samuel Thomson (1766-1816) and James Orr (1780-1816). My more recent work branches out into Transatlantic studies; eco-critical writing; Dissenting religion in literature; ideas of national identity and public print culture, especially newspapers.

Current Work

I am a leading expert on Irish poetry of the Romantic period (1780-1830) and have recently published a monograph on radical poetry and print culture in Ireland before and after the French Revolution: Literary Networks and Dissenting Print Culture (Palgrave, 2015), supported by a keynote lecture series in the USA at the invitation of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs.

I am currently working on a funded project which examines migrant writing and transatlantic radical networks within the Revolutionary transatlantic world. 

A further project involves a pan-European partnership on popular print, with a specialist focus on on ballad culture of North East England, particularly song associated with industrial Tyneside. 

 MLitt/Doctoral Supervision

I would welcome any prospective supervisees  in my areas of Romantic-period research, particularly poetic circles/coteries, labouring-class poetry, Scottish/Irish poetry of the 18th/19th Centuries, and religious dissenting literature. Authors might include: Robert Burns (and Scottish Romantic writers generally), P.B. Shelley, William Blake, Maria Edgeworth, Samuel Thomson, Thomas Dermody, James Orr.

Selective Research Grants

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (with partners) (2016-)

Newcastle Institute of Social Renewal Grant (2014)

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2013)

Irish Research Council Fellowship (2012-13)

Faculty of Arts Scholarship, University of Glasgow 


As I am on research leave during Semester 1 (17/18), courses which I will be teaching on are marked in bold and elective courses marked (*) will not run.


SEL1003 Introduction to Literary Studies 1

SEL1004 Introduction to Literary Studies 2 (module convener)

SEL1023 Transformations

SEL2203 Revolutionary Britain, 1789-1832 

SEL2210 Independent Research Project

SEL3362 BA Dissertation

SEL3365 Independent Essay 

*SEL3379 Enlightened Romantics (module convener)



SEL8533 Radicalisms

MLitt/Doctoral Supervision

I would be happy to discuss taking on students in my area of research, particularly poetic coteries/networks, dissenting poetry (political and/or religious) of the Revolutionary period; labouring-class poetry.