School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Meiko O'Halloran

Senior Lecturer in Romantic Literature


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


Research Interests

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.    

Recent Work

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).


Current Research

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.    


Postgraduate Supervision

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.  



Undergraduate Teaching

SEL2203 Revolutionary Britain, 1789-1832

SEL3340 Romantic Poetry: Journeys of the Imagination (Module leader)

SEL3364 Independent Essay 

SEL3362 Dissertation in English Literature 


Postgraduate Teaching

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 

SEL8047 Dissertation