School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Professor Michael Rossington

Professor of Romantic Literature



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

Roles and responsibilities

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


MA, DPhil (Oxon)

Previous appointments

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


Research interests

I have broad interests in textual editing and in 18th-c. and 19th-c. literature, and specialised interests -- in the Romantic period -- in Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, literary manuscripts, poetry, continental Europe, and republican thought.

Current research

i. The Poems of Shelley, Volume 5, in the Longman Annotated English Poets series (Routledge); ii. 'Animating Text at Newcastle University':

Future research

A monograph on the textual history of Shelley's writings from his lifetime to the mid 20th century.

External research funding

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).

PhD supervision

I've been sole or main supervisor to 11 PhDs. I'm currently supervising a PhD on Percy Shelley's Italian. I welcome inquiries from applicants who wish to pursue master's or doctoral research in any area of my interests.

Advisory Boards

The Oxford Edition of the Works of Robert Burns (Oxford University Press); The Oxford Edition of the Writings of Alexander Pope (Oxford University Press); The Shelley-Godwin Archive:


'The Bodleian Libraries' 12 millionth book' (November 2015): ; Frankenstein', in 'The Secret Life of Books', BBC Four (November 2014):


Undergraduate teaching

Introduction to Literary Studies 2 (SEL1004)

Revolutionary Britain, 1789-1832 (SEL2203)

Dissertation in English Literature (SEL3362)

Postgraduate teaching

Research Matters 2 (SEL8542)