Professor Michael Rossington
Professor of Romantic Literature


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)

I will be on research leave in Semester 1, 2015-16. 



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). 

Advisory/Editorial Boards

L'Analisi Linguistica e Letteraria; 'Artists, Academics and Ancient Texts Performance Workshops' (AHRC Collaborative Skills Development Award, ECR-led strand); Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies; The Oxford University Press Edition of the Works of Robert Burns;The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe; The Shelley-Godwin Archive.

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. 


I'm a member of the British Association for Romantic Studies, the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, the Hazlitt Society, the Keats-Shelley Association of America, the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association and the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism. I'm also a Friend of 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).

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 presentations and visiting speaker papers

City University of New York (1997); Durham University (1998, 2007, 2014); Fordham University, New York (2003); Lerici (2005); Queen Mary University of London (2015); Queen's University Belfast (2014); School of Advanced Study, University of London (2006); Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano (2012); Università di Bologna (2008); Università di Torino (2010); Université de Genève (2001); Université de Neuchâtel (2005); 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, 2013); University of St Andrews (2000); University of 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.