Professor Michael Rossington
Professor of Romantic Literature


I joined Newcastle University in 1993 and was promoted to a Personal Chair in 2014.

Roles and responsibilities

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

Programme external examiner for BA degrees in English Literature, and external examiner for MAs in The Eighteenth Century and Nineteenth-Century Studies at the University of Sheffield.


MA, DPhil (Oxford)

Previous positions

Junior Research Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford (1986-88)

Lecturer in Literature, The Open University (1988-92)

Lecturer in English Literature, Newcastle University (1993-2000)

Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Newcastle University (2000-14)

Research interests

The literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries especially poetry, life-writing, republican discourse and translation in the Romantic period (and particularly the works of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley); bibliography; manuscript studies; reception history; textual editing in the nineteenth century.

PhD supervision

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 -- and second supervisor of a further four. I'm currently main supervisor of an AHRC-funded PhD (on the utopian in P. B. Shelley's writings). I welcome inquiries from outstanding applicants interested in pursuing doctoral research in any area of my research interests.

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). 

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

Exeter College, Oxford (2015); The Huntington Library, San Marino, California (2014); St Catherine's College, Oxford (2012); All Souls College, Oxford (2006); St John's College, Oxford (1995).

Research presentations at conferences and visiting speaker events

American University, Washington, D.C. (2014); City University of New York (1997); Durham University (1998, 2007, 2014); Fordham University, New York (2003); Lerici (2005); Queen Mary University of London (2015); School of Advanced Study, University of London (2006); Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano (2012); Université de Genève (2001); Université de Neuchâtel (2005); Università degli studi di Napoli Federico II (2015); Università di Bologna (2008); University of Cambridge (1993, 1998, 2011); University of Glasgow (2009, 2012); University of Leeds (1992, 1997); University of Leicester (1989); University of Liverpool (1993); University of Oxford (1989, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015); University of St Andrews (2000); University of Warwick (2003).

Advisory/Editorial Boards

L'Analisi Linguistica e Letteraria; The Oxford University Press Edition of the Works of Robert Burns; The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe; The Shelley-Godwin Archive.

International 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. 

Memberships and affiliations

I'm a member of the British Association for Romantic Studies, the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, the Hazlitt Society, and the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism. I'm a Friend of the Bodleian Library, the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association, Newcastle University Library, and the Wordsworth Trust.

Radio and Television appearances

'Frankenstein', BBC Four, The Secret Life of Books, Series 1, Episode 6/6 (2014); 'Memory', Australia Talks, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (2007); 'Mary Shelley', Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4 (1997).

Current research

I'm co-ordinating the fifth and final volume of the Longman Annotated English Poets edition of 'The Poems of Shelley' (Routledge). Jack Donovan, Kelvin Everest, Francesco Rognoni and I are editing the poems in this volume and Will Bowers is the Assistant Editor. The Founding Editor of this edition is Geoffrey Matthews (1920-1984). The Longman Annotated English Poets series editors are Paul Hammond and David Hopkins.


Undergraduate teaching

Introduction to Literary Studies 2 (SEL1004)

Revolutionary Britain, 1789-1832 (SEL2203)

Postgraduate teaching

Research Training in Literary Studies 2 (SEL8450)