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)

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)




Research interests

Literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, especially the Romantic period; poetry (Percy Bysshe Shelley and William Wordsworth in particular); the writings of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and Dorothy Wordsworth; life-writing; republican discourse; translation; bibliography; manuscript studies; reception history; textual editing in the nineteenth century.

PhD supervision

I've been sole or main supervisor of 10 successfully completed PhD theses -- 6 of them fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and 1 by the Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme. I'm currently main supervisor of 1 AHRC-funded PhD (on the utopian in P. B. Shelley's writings). I welcome inquiries from high calibre applicants interested in pursuing doctoral research in any area of my research interests above.

External examining of PhDs

Birkbeck, University of London (2008); Bristol (2015); Cambridge (2006); Durham (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; 'Artists, Academics and Ancient Texts Performance Workshops' (AHRC Collaborative Skills Development Award (ECR-led strand)).

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; Keats-Shelley Association of America; Keats-Shelley Memorial Association; North American Society for the Study of Romanticism; 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).

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.