Dr Meiko O'Halloran
Senior Lecturer in Romantic Literature
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7759
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- Address: School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics,
Newcastle upon Tyne,
Senior Tutor for Undergraduates
BA (Hons) English Literature - UCL
MPhil - University of Oxford
DPhil - University of Oxford
British Association for Romantic Studies,
British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies,
North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
British and Scottish Romanticism, especially the work of James Hogg (1770-1835), national identity, Romantic poetry, the figure of the poet, imagined literary ancestries, journeys of the imagination and other worlds (from Virgil and Dante to Byron, Shelley, and Keats), utopianism, Romantic-era fiction, the Gothic, canon-making, parodies, theatre culture, and periodicals and anthologies of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
My monograph, James Hogg and British Romanticism: A Kaleidoscopic Art (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), argues for Hogg's centrality to British Romanticism, resituating his work in relation to Romantic contemporaries who include Byron, Blake, Scott, Baillie, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Southey, and Keats, and tracing his important inter-textual relationships to predecessors such as Spenser, Shakespeare, Johnson, Sterne, Gray, Collins, Macpherson, and Burns. Hogg creates a unique literary style which, I argue, is best described as 'kaleidoscopic' in view of its similarities with David Brewster's kaleidoscope, invented in 1816. Through original new critical readings of a spectrum of Hogg's key works in a range of genres, my book demonstrates how Hogg's kaleidoscopic literary practice unsettles and reshapes our canonical understanding of the Romantic period and his place in it.
My other recent work includes an article on 'Keats and Romantic Conceptualisations of the Poet' in Romanticism (2016) and an essay in the forthcoming collection, Keats's Places/Placing Keats, edited by Richard Marggraf Turley (Palgrave Macmillan).
I am currently working on a book project, 'Re-figuring the Role of the Poet: the Romantic Poets and their Legacy', which examines the ways in which poets such as Coleridge, Shelley, Hogg, Keats, and Byron re-defined the social role and relevance of the poet, using imagined other-world spaces to interrogate and explore the socio-political and artistic concerns of their day.
I have supervised a number of MLitt research projects and am currently supervising two postgraduate research students: Lauren Matthews, whose MPhil project investigates Mary Shelley's short fiction, and Callum Fraser, whose PhD project concerns Romantic representations of fallenness. I welcome enquiries and applications from prospective students who are interested in postgraduate research at Masters or Doctoral level in any of my areas of expertise, particularly the work of Hogg, Keats, Byron, Shelley, Coleridge, and other Romantic poets and novelists.
SEL2203 Revolutionary Britain, 1789-1832
SEL3340 Romantic Poetry: Journeys of the Imagination (Module leader)
SEL3364 Independent Essay
SEL3362 Dissertation in English Literature
I have supervised a number of successful MLitt research degrees.
My teaching on the MA in English Literature has included the following modules:
SEL8187 Reading the Past I
SEL8188 Reading the Past II
SEL8341 Place and Pilgrimage
- O'Halloran M. James Hogg and British Romanticism: A Kaleidoscopic Art. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
- O'Halloran M. Gothic Borders: Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. In: Angela Wright and Dale Townshend, ed. Romantic Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015, pp.207-223.
- O'Halloran M. Hogg and the Theatre. In: Duncan, I., Mack, D.S, ed. The Edinburgh Companion to James Hogg. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012, pp.105-112.
- O'Halloran M. 'Simple Bards, unbroke by rules of Art': The Poetic Self-Fashioning of Burns and Hogg. In: Stafford, F., Sergeant, D, ed. Burns and Other Poets. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011.
- O'Halloran M. National Discourse or Discord? Transformations of The Family Legend by Baillie, Scott, and Hogg. In: Alker, S; Nelson, HF, ed. James Hogg and the Literary Marketplace: Scottish Romanticism and the Working-Class Author. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009, pp.43-55.
- O'Halloran M. 'Circling the pales of heaven': Hogg and Otherworld Journeys from Dante to Byron. In: Rubenstein, J; Hughes, G; O'Halloran, M, ed. Midsummer Night Dreams and Related Poems, The Collected Works of James Hogg. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008, pp.lxxvii-ci.
- O'Halloran M. Hogg, Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Illustrations to The Queen’s Wake. In: Mack, DS, ed. The Queen's Wake : A Legendary Tale. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2005, pp.lxxxvii-cxiii.
- O'Halloran M, Kövesi S (Guest eds.). Crossing Borders. Special Issue of The John Clare Society Journal 2003, 22.
- O'Halloran M. Treading the Borders of Fiction: Veracity, Identity, and Corporeality in 'The Three Perils. Studies in Hogg and his World 2001, (12), 40-55.
- O'Halloran M. Sage, humanist, and physician to all men: Keats and Romantic Conceptualisations of the Poet. Romanticism 2016, 22(2), 177-190.