Professor Matthew Grenby
Professor of 18th-Century Studies
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6182
- Address: School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, UK
Roles and Responsibilities
Director, Newcastle University Humanities Research Institute (NUHRI)
Newcastle Institute of Social Renewal theme leader: 'The Past in the Present'
M.A. University of Edinburgh, 1992.
Ph.D. University of Edinburgh, 1997
1998-1999: Fulbright-Robertson Professor of British History, Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, USA.
1999-2004: Senior Research Fellow, Department of English, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.
2005-2011: Reader in Children's Literature, School of English, Newcastle University, UK
President of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS).
Member of the AHRC Peer Review College and AHRC Strategic Reviewer
Reviewer for Irish Research Council (IRC)
Children's literature and culture in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; William Godwin and his correspondence; book history; the Romantic-era novel in Britain; political fiction of the 1790s and early 1800s, particularly so-called 'anti-Jacobin' writing.
These areas overlap considerably, many writers having produced both children's books and political fiction: William Godwin, for instance, plus Maria Edgeworth, Hannah More, Sarah Trimmer, Mary Wollstonecraft, Charlotte Smith, and many others including the man sometimes thought of as the 'founder' of modern children's literature, the publisher John Newbery.
The principal project on which I'm currently working is volume III (spanning the years 1806-1815) of an edition of the Letters of William Godwin. This is to be published by Oxford University Press. This work was supported by an AHRC Fellowship.
A second ongoing project, supported by an exploratory grant from the AHRC's Care for the Future programme, is on children, children's literature and young people's engagement with antiquarianism and heritage in the past, present and future.
Finally, I am working towards is a book-length study of the birth of children's literature. I have already explored the consumers of the 'new' children's literature in the long 18th century in my book The Child Reader 1700-1840. My work on William Godwin, who was (among many other things) a pioneering publisher and author of children's books in the early 19th century, is focussing my attention on the production side. I want to join the consumption and production sides together, and ask just how 'Children's Literature' came to establish itself as a separate and successful sector of print culture in the long eighteenth century.
I supervise M.Litt. and Ph.D. work on both children's literature, and eighteenth-century writing and culture. I would be very interested in hearing from students wishing to work in any of these areas. Students I have supervised have worked on subjects including these:
Shelley and the Utopian Tradition
Romantic Childhoods and Romantic Heirs 1800-1850
Nation-Making and Nation-Breaking: Masculinities in European Literature, 1761-1817
Working-class writers for children in the mid-twentieth century
The historical novel for children
Clothes and clothing in British children's literature
Use of Narrative Structure in the Young Adult Novels of Margaret Mahy and Diana Wynne Jones
Camping and tramping, Swallows and Amazons: Interwar children's fiction and the search for England
Sleeping beauties and laughing Medusas: Myth and Fairy Tales in the work of Angela Carter, A. S. Byatt and Marina Warner
Almost English: Jews and Jewishness in British Children’s Literature
‘The bold tear of manhood’: Masculinity and the Revolution Crisis of the 1790s
President of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (http://www.bsecs.org.uk)
Member of the AHRC Peer Review College and AHRC Strategic Reviewer
Reviewer for Irish Research Council.
General editor, Palgrave-Macmillan Classics of Children’s Literature series.
External examiner of PhDs at Nottingham, Warwick, London, Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin, Roehampton and Barcelona universities.
Advisory Board, University of Maryland Digitisation of Early Children’s Books project.
Numerous key-note and invited conference lectures in UK, western Europe, north America and Taiwan.
Writing New Worlds, 1688-1789 (stage two undergraduate module)
Various teaching for first year undergraduates, and at master's level, including supervision of an annual cohort of students undertaking the MLitt in English Literature specialising in children's literature.
Supervision of 3 PhD students.
- Grenby MO. The Letters of William Godwin, Volume III. In: Clemit, P ed. The Letters of William Godwin 2015. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 3. In Preparation.
- Grenby MO. Children’s literature, the home, and the debate on public versus private education, c.1760-1845. Oxford Review of Education 2015, 41(4), 464-481.
- Grenby MO. Children's Literature, Second Edition. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press, 2014.
- Grenby MO. The Anti-Jacobin Novel. In: Downie, J.A, ed. The Oxford Handbook of the Eighteenth-Century Novel. Routledge, 2012. In Press.
- Grenby MO. Gothic and the Child-reader, 1764-1850. In: Townshend, Dale and Byron, Glennis, ed. The Gothic World. London: Routledge, 2014, pp.243-253.
- Grenby MO, ed. Little Goody Two-Shoes and Other Stories: Originally Published by John Newbery. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
- Grenby MO. Before the Book? Manuscript, Household Reading and the Origins of Children’s Literature. In: Carrington,B ; Harding,J, ed. Beyond the Book: Transforming Children’s Literature. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014, pp.5-13.
- Grenby MO. Juvenile and Children’s Literature. In: Garside, P; O’Brien, K, ed. The Oxford History of the Novel: 1750-1820. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015, pp.495-512.
- Grenby MO. The Child Reader, 1700-1840. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
- Grenby MO. 'Very Naughty Doctrines': Children, Children's Literature, Politics and the French Revolution Crisis. In: A. D. Cousins, Dani Napton and Stephanie Russo, ed. The French Revolution and the British Novel in the Romantic Period. New York: Peter Lang, 2011, pp.15-35.
- Grenby M, Reynolds K, ed. Children's Literature Studies: A research handbook. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
- Grenby MO. History in Fiction: Contextualization as Interpretation in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped. In: Vallone, L., Mickenberg, J, ed. The Oxford Handbook to Children's Literature. New York, USA: Oxford University Press, 2011, pp.275-292.
- Grenby MO. Captivating enlightenment: eighteenth-century children’s books and the private life of the child. In: Kahn, A, ed. Representing Private Lives of the Enlightenment. Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2011.
- Grenby MO. Novels of Opinion. In: Clemit, P, ed. The Cambridge Companion to British Literature of the French Revolution in the 1790s. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011, pp.chapter 11.
- Grenby MO. Children’s Literature: Birth, Infancy, Maturity. In: Janet Maybin and Nicola J. Watson, ed. Children’s Literature: Approaches and Territories. Basingstoke & Milton Keynes: Palgrave Macmillan & Open University, 2009, pp.39-56.
- Grenby MO, Immel A, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Children's Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
- Grenby MO. The Origins of Children's Literature. In: M.O. Grenby and Andrea Immel, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Children's Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009, pp.3-18.
- Grenby MO. Writing Against Revolution: Literary Conservatism in Britain 1790-1832. Eighteenth-Century Fiction 2009, 22(1), 133-135.
- Grenby MO. Children’s Literature. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008.
- Briggs J, Butts D, Grenby MO, ed. Popular Children's Literature in Britain. Burlington, Vermont: Asghate Publishing, 2008.
- Grenby MO. Before Children's Literature: Children, Chapbooks and Popular Culture in Early Modern Britain. In: Matthew Grenby, Julia Briggs, Dennis Butts, ed. Popular Children's Literature in Britain. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008, pp.25-46.
- Grenby MO. "Surely there is no British boy or girl who has not heard of the battle of Waterloo!" War and Children's Literature in the Age of Napoleon. In: Elizabeth Goodenough and Andrea Immel, ed. Under Fire: Childhood in The Shadow Of War. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2008, pp.39-57.
- Grenby MO. Delightful Instruction? Assessing Children’s Use of Educational Books in the Long Eighteenth Century. In: Mary Hilton and Jill Shefrin, ed. Educating the Child in Enlightenment Britain: beliefs, cultures, practices. Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate, 2008, pp.181-198.
- Grenby MO. Rebels Denied a Cause: Fiction, Anti-Jacobinism and the Irish Rebellion. In: Broich, U; Dickinson, HT; Hellmuth, E; Schmidt, M, ed. Reactions to Revolutions. The 1790s and their Aftermath. Munster, Germany: Lit-Verlag, 2007, pp.61-84.
- Grenby MO. Chapbooks, Children, and Children's Literature. The Library: The Transactions of the Bibliographical Society 2007, 8(3), 277-303.
- Grenby MO. Early British Children's Books: Towards an Understanding of their Users and Usage. Corvey Women Writers on the Web 2007, 3.
- Grenby MO, ed. The Wanderings of Warwick (1794); The Banished Man (1794). London: Pickering and Chatto, 2006.
- Grenby MO, ed. British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies: Special Issue: The Cultures of Childhood. Oxford, UK: Voltaire Foundation, 2006.
- Grenby MO. Tame fairies make good teachers: The popularity of early British fairy tales. The Lion and the Unicorn 2006, 30(1), 1-24.
- Grenby MO. Writing Revolution: British Literature and the French Revolution Crisis, a Review of Recent Scholarship. Literature Compass 2006, 3(6), 1351-1385.
- Grenby MO, ed. Dorothea; or, A Ray of the New Light. A Novel. By Mrs. Bullock. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2005.
- Grenby MO. "A Conservative Woman Doing Radical Things": Sarah Trimmer and The Guardian of Education. In: Ruwe D, ed. Culturing the Child 1690-1914: Essays in Memory of Mitzi Myers. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2005, pp.137-161.
- Grenby MO. Bibliography and children's literature. In: Hunt, P, ed. Understanding Children's Literature. London and New York: Routledge, 2005, pp.140-158.
- Grenby MO. The British Literary Response to the French Revolution. Annales historiques de la Revolution francaise 2005, 342, 101-44.
- Grenby MO. Bibliography and children's literature. In: Hunt, P, ed. An International Companion Encyclopaedia to An International Companion Encyclopaedia to Children's Literature. London, UK: Routledge, 2004.
- Grenby MO, ed. The Infernal Quixote, by Charles Lucas. Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview Press, 2004.
- Grenby MO. Politicising the Nursery: British Children's Literature and the French Revolution. The Lion and the Unicorn 2003, 27(1), 1-26.
- Grenby MO. Adults Only? Children and Children's Books in British Circulating Libraries 1748-1848. Book History 2002, 5(1), 19-38.
- Grenby MO. 'Real Charity Makes Distinctions': Schooling the Charitable Impulse in Early British Children's Literature. British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 2002, 25(2), 185-202.
- Grenby MO. Orientalism and Propaganda: The Oriental Tale and Popular Politics in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain. The Eighteenth-Century Novel 2002, 2, 215-237.
- Grenby MO. The Guardian of Education. A Periodical Work (1802-1806) by Sarah Trimmer. A new edition with an introduction and notes. Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 2002.
- Grenby MO. The Anti-Jacobin Novel: British Conservatism and the French Revolution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
- Grenby MO. Hockliffe Project website. Leicester: De Montfort University, 2001. Available at: http://www.cts.dmu.ac.uk/hockliffe.
- Grenby MO, M O. Politicised Fiction in Britain 1790-1810: An Annotated Checklist. The European English Messenger 2000, 9, 47-53.
- Grenby, M. O. The Anti-Jacobin Novel: British Fiction, British Conservatism and the Revolution in France. History: the Journal of the Historical Association 1998, 83, 445-71.
- Grenby MO. Persistent pedestrianism: the ‘Tour book’ as an enduring form of children’s instructional literature. IBBYlink 2014, 40(Summer), 17-21.
- Grenby MO. The dogs do bark. Times Literary Supplement 2014, (5788), 32-32.
- Grenby MO. Reading History in Children's Books. Literature and History 2014, 23(2), 113-115.
- Grenby MO. Juvenile Tourists: British Children and the Grand Tour. 2018. In Preparation.
- Grenby MO. Pay, Professionalisation and Probable Dominance? Women Writers and the Children’s Book Trade. In: Dow, Gillian and Batchelor, Jennie, ed. Women's Writing, 1660-1830. Feminisms and Futures. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, pp.117-137.
- Grenby MO. Thomas Spence, Children’s Literature, and ‘Learning … Debauched by Ambition’. In: Gordon Pentland; Michael T Davis, ed. Liberty, Property and Popular Politics England and Scotland, 1688-1815. Essays in Honour of H. T. Dickinson. Edinburgh University Press, 2015, pp.131-146.