School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

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

Consortium Director, AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership.

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


MA, DPhil (Oxon)

Previous appointments

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, with a particular focus on bibliography, comparative literature, continental Europe, life-writing, manuscript studies, poetry, republican thought, translation, the work of Percy Shelley and Mary Shelley and its reception in the nineteenth century, and textual editing.

Current research

Scholarly editions of poems and plays for the fifth and final volume of the Longman Annotated English Poets edition of The Poems of Shelley (which I'm co-ordinating for Routledge) and a monograph on the poetry of Percy Shelley.

Research funding

Co-lead with Jennifer Richards (School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics), Paul Watson (School of Computing Science) and Magnus Williamson (School of Arts and Cultures) of 'Animating Text at Newcastle University', an award from Newcastle University's Research Investment Fund (2016-2019)

Modern Humanities Research Association Research Associateship (2014-15)

Visiting research appointments

Visiting Scholar, Trinity College, Cambridge (2016)

Visiting Fellow, Exeter College, Oxford (2015)

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow, The Huntington Library, California (2014)

Visiting Fellow, St Catherine's College, Oxford (2012)

Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford (2006)

Visiting Scholar, St John's College, Oxford (1995)

Doctoral research supervision

Recent PhD projects for which I've been main supervisor 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 utopian ideas in Percy Shelley's poetry. I welcome inquiries from applicants who wish to pursue master's or doctoral research in any area of my expertise.

Public engagement

'Frankenstein', The Secret Life of Books, Series 1, Episode 6/6, BBC 4 (November 2014):


Undergraduate teaching

Introduction to Literary Studies 2 (SEL1004)

Revolutionary Britain, 1789-1832 (SEL2203)

Postgraduate teaching

Research Matters 2 (SEL8542)