Professor Michael Rossington
Professor of Romantic Literature


Academic Director (Newcastle University), AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership.

Programme external examiner for undergraduate degrees in English at the University of Sheffield.


MA, DPhil (Oxford)

Research interests

The writings of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and their circles; writing in Britain and Europe 1760-1840, especially poetry, life-writing and republican discourse; bibliography; manuscript studies; reception; textual editing; translation.

Supervision of research degrees

I've been sole or main supervisor of ten successfully completed PhD theses -- six of them fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and one by the Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme -- on the following topics: Italy in Mary Shelley's writings (2002); The influence of James Lind on Shelley (2002); Wordsworth’s poetry and Trauma theory (2009), Codes of manliness in 1790s writing (2010), Goethe's Faust and the poetry of Byron and Shelley (2011), Memory in  Wordsworth and George Eliot (2011), The philosophy of death in the poetry of Wordsworth and Shelley (2012); Political economy in Shelley's prose (2013); The man of feeling and nationhood, 1760-1820 (2013); A Benjaminian interpretation of the dramatic in the works of Coleridge (2014). I'm currently main supervisor of an AHRC-funded PhD on the utopian in P. B. Shelley's writings. I've been second supervisor of four PhDs and one MPhil. 

I've been sole or main supervisor of six successfully completed Masters by research (MLitt) degrees, three funded by the AHRC.

I welcome inquiries from prospective PhD and MLitt students, as well as those interested in pursuing postdoctoral research.

External examining of research degrees

Birkbeck, University of London (2008); Bristol (2015); Cambridge (2006); Durham (1996); Exeter (1996); King's College London (2010); Leeds (2004); Liverpool (2006, 2014). 

Advisory Boards

The Shelley-Godwin Archive; The Oxford University Press Edition of the Works of Robert Burns; The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe (ex officio); Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, Durham University.

Peer reviewing

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; Agenzia Nazionale di Valutazione del Sistema Universitario e della Ricerca (Italy); National Research Foundation (South Africa); Swiss National Science Foundation. 

Professional affiliations

British Association for Romantic Studies; Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies (Durham University); Keats-Shelley Association of America; Keats-Shelley Memorial Association; North American Society for the Study of Romanticism; The Wordsworth Trust.


BBC Four, The Secret Life of Books, Frankenstein (2014); 'Memory', Australia Talks, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (2007); 'Mary Shelley', Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4 (1997).

International conference organisation

Co-convenor of 'From the Renaissance to the Risorgimento: British Perceptions of Italy as a Nation State, Between Aesthetics and Ethics' Round Table, ESSE 10 conference, University of Turin (2010).

Co-organiser of 'Republican exchanges c.1550-c.1850' conference (, Newcastle University (2009).

Convenor of ‘Romantic Republicanism’ Special Session, '(Trans)National Identities/Reimagining Communities' CISR/NASSR conference, University of Bologna (2008).

Co-organiser of 'The Reception of P. B. Shelley in Europe' colloquium, University College, Oxford (2006).

Co-organiser of 'Romanticism's Debatable Lands', The British Association for Romantic Studies Biennial International Conference, Newcastle University (2005).

Co-organiser of 'Refiguring History: Between the Psyche and the Polis', Newcastle University (1999).

External funding

Modern Humanities Research Association Research Associateship (2014-15); British Academy Overseas Conference Grant (2008); AHRC research leave award (2006-7); AHRC Research Grant (Co-Investigator, 2002-7); AHRB research leave award (1998-9); British Academy Small Research Grant (1998, 1991).

Visiting Fellowships

The Huntington Library, San Marino, California (2014); St Catherine's College, Oxford (2012); All Souls College, Oxford (2006); St John's College, Oxford (1995).

Keynotes, conference papers, visiting speaker papers and contributions to round-tables

Belfast (2014), Bologna (2008); Cambridge (1993, 1998, 2011); Durham (1998, 2007, 2014); Geneva (2001); Glasgow (2009, 2012); Gregynog (1992); Leeds (1992, 1997); Leicester (1989); Lerici (2005); Liverpool (1993); London (1991, 2006); Milan (2012); Neuchâtel (2005); New York (1997, 2003); Newcastle (2009, 2012, 2013); Oxford (1989, 2006, 2010, 2013); St Andrews (2000); Sunderland (1997); Turin (2010); Warwick (2003); Washington, D.C. (2014).

Current research

I'm co-ordinating the fifth and final volume of the 'Longman Annotated English Poets' edition of 'The Poems of Shelley'. Jack Donovan, Kelvin Everest, Francesco Rognoni and I are editing the poems in this volume. The project is supported by a Modern Humanities Research Association Research Associateship in 2014-15.


Semester 1, 2014-15

Approaches to Reading (SEL1030)

Manuscript, Print, Digital 1 (SEL8353)

Semester 2, 2014-15

Introduction to Literary Studies 2 (SEL1004)

Revolutionary Britain, 1789-1832 (SEL2203)

Research Training in Literary Studies 2 (SEL8450)

Manuscript, Print, Digital 2 (SEL8647)