Professor Michael Rossington
Professor of Romantic Literature


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

Roles and responsibilities

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

Programme external examiner for BA degrees in English Literature, University of Sheffield.

External examiner for MA degrees in The Eighteenth Century and Nineteenth-Century Studies, University of Sheffield.


MA, DPhil (Oxford)

Previous positions

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

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

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

Research interests

The literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, especially poetry, life-writing, republican thought, manuscript studies, translation, and bibliography; the writings of Percy Shelley and Mary Shelley (and those authors closely associated with them) and their reception, especially in the C19; textual editing.

Current work

I'm co-ordinating, and editing poems for, the fifth (and final) volume of the Longman Annotated English Poets edition of 'The Poems of Shelley' (Routledge).


Modern Humanities Research Association Research Associateship (2014-15); Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California (2014).

Visiting Fellowships

Exeter College, Oxford (2015); St Catherine's College, Oxford (2012).

PhD supervision

Doctoral projects I've solely or mainly supervised include: a Benjaminian interpretation of drama and the dramatic in Coleridge's writings; masculinities and national identities 1761-1817; political economy in the prose of Percy Shelley; the philosophy of death in the poetry of Wordsworth and Percy Shelley; Goethe's Faust and the drama and poetry of Byron and Percy Shelley; the representation of memory in the writings of William Wordsworth and George Eliot. I'm currently main supervisor of a PhD on Percy Shelley and the utopian tradition. I welcome inquiries from outstanding applicants who wish to pursue master's or doctoral research in any area of my expertise.


Undergraduate teaching

Introduction to Literary Studies 2 (SEL1004)

Revolutionary Britain, 1789-1832 (SEL2203)

Postgraduate teaching

Research Training in Literary Studies 2 (SEL8450)