Dr Jennifer Orr
Lecturer in Eighteenth Century Literature
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Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU
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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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.
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.
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)
SEL2203 Revolutionary Britain, 1789-1832
SEL2210 Independent Research Project
SEL3362 BA Dissertation
SEL3365 Independent Essay
*SEL3379 Enlightened Romantics (module convener)
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.
- Orr J. Literary Networks and Dissenting Print Culture in Romantic-Period Ireland. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
- Orr J. Transnational Ulster and labouring-class self-fashioning. In: Goodridge, J; Keegan, B, ed. A History of British Working Class Literature. Cambridge University Press, 2016. In Press.
- Orr J. Constructing the Ulster Labouring-class Poet: The Case of Samuel Thomson. In: Blair, K., Gorji, M, ed. Class and the Canon: Constructing Labouring-Class Poetry and Poetics, 1780-1900. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, pp.34-54.
- Orr J. The Continuity of Scottish Enlightenment Culture in the North of Ireland. Eighteenth Century Scottish Studies Society Newsletter 2012, 26, 8-12.
- Orr J. The Correspondence of Samuel Thomson (1766-1816): Fostering an Irish writers' circle. In: Kelly, J ed. Ulster and Scotland 2012. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 12, 242.
- Orr J. Samuel Thomson. The Literary Encyclopedia 2011.
- Orr J. "In costume Scotch o’er bog and park, my hame-bred muse delighted plays": Samuel Thomson's fashioning of landscape in Ulster Poetry. Scottish Literary Review 2010, 2(1), 41-58.
- Orr J. "No John Clare": Minute Observations from the Ulster Cottage Door 1790-1800. John Clare Society Journal 2010, 29, 51-70.
- Orr J. ‘1798, Before, and Beyond: Samuel Thomson and the poetics of Ulster-Scots identity’. In: Holmes, A; Ferguson, F, ed. Revising Robert Burns and Ulster: Revising Robert Burns and Ulster: literature, religion, and politics, c.1700-1920. Dublin: Four Courts, 2009, pp.106-126.
- Orr J. ‘Samuel Thomson’s Pikes and Politics: Negotiating a Place in Scottish and Irish Literature’. In: Jacqueline Ryder & Aimee McNair, ed. Further from the frontiers: cross-currents in Irish and Scottish Studies. Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 2009, pp.151ff.
- Orr J, Carruthers G. The Deil's awa wi' the Exciseman: Robert Burns the giver of guns to Revolutionary France. In: Rodger, J; Carruthers, G, ed. Fickle Man: Robert Burns in the 21st Century. Edinburgh: Sandstone, 2009, pp.106-126.
- Orr J. To Mr Robert Burns”: Verse Epistles from an Irish Poetic Circle. Dawsonville, GA, USA: Frank R. Shaw, 2009. Available at: http://www.electricscotland.com/familytree/frank/burns_lives62.htm.
- Orr J. Seceders and Satire: Ulster Poetry of the Romantic Period. Dawsonville, GA, USA: Frank R. Shaw, 2013. Available at: http://www.electricscotland.com/familytree/frank/burns_lives181.htm.
- Orr J. Eddi Reader's Rabbie Burns Trip. Belfast & Glasgow: Tern Television, 2013.
- Orr J. Samuel Thomson of Carngranny. Belfast: BBC, 2012.
- Orr J. BBC Robert Burns. Glasgow: BBC, 2009.
- Orr Jennifer. A young Irish scholar's transatlantic pilgrimage to the Burns Club of Atlanta and beyond. Dawsonville, GA, USA: Frank R. Shaw, 2013. Available at: http://www.electricscotland.com/familytree/frank/burns_lives184.htm.
- Orr JSL. Enlightened Ulster, Romantic Ulster. In: Claire Connolly, ed. Irish Literature in Transition: 1780-1830. Cambridge University Press, 2017. In Preparation.