School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Professor Michael Rossington

Professor of Romantic Literature



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

Roles and responsibilities

I teach and supervise students in Romantic-period literature and lead, or co-lead, three research projects.


MA, DPhil (Oxford)

Previous positions

Lecturer in Literature, The Open University


Research interests

Textual editing, and 18th-c. & 19th-c. literature with a particular focus on the Romantic period, especially: i. Percy Shelley; ii. textual criticism and manuscript studies; iii. poetry; iv. Mary Shelley; v. republicanism; vi. comparative approaches to continental European and British writing.

Current work

i. Editing poems and plays for, and coordinating, Volume 5 of The Poems of Shelley in the Longman Annotated English Poets series (Routledge); ii. With Ruth Abbott (Cambridge), an 8-vol. print edition of all of William Wordsworth’s poems for the Longman Annotated English Poets series and a digital edition of all locatable manuscripts of his poetry that have authority; iii. Animating Text at Newcastle University


Visiting Scholar, Trinity College, Cambridge (2016); Visiting Fellow, Exeter College, Oxford (2015); Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California (2014); Modern Humanities Research Association Research Associateship (2014)


Undergraduate teaching

Introduction to Literary Studies II (SEL1004); Revolutionary Britain, 1789-1832 (SEL2203); Dissertation (SEL3362)

Postgraduate teaching

Research Matters II (SEL8542)