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

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

External examiner for BA in English Literature, University of Liverpool.


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

I work on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature with a focus on the period 1750-1850. Within these two dates, I’m particularly interested in: (1) textual editing, including the study of manuscripts; how literary writings are printed, published, distributed, read and received; editorial method; (2) poetry, tragedy, life-writing and translation; (3) the writings of Percy Shelley and Mary Shelley and those associated with them (e.g. Byron, Claire Clairmont); (4) continental Europe, especially writers from Britain who identify as European and Europeans (e.g. Rousseau) whose work has a demonstrable legacy for writing in English; (5) comparative literature, intellectual history, republican thought, writing about revolutions.

Current research

(1) Editing poems and plays for the fifth and final volume of the Longman Annotated English Poets edition of The Poems of Shelley (Routledge) and co-ordinating editor of this volume; (2) preparing a monograph on Shelley's republicanism; (3) contributing to 'Animating Text at Newcastle University', a Humanities and Computing Science project that explores digital possibilities for literary texts.

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;
• utopia in Percy Shelley's poetry;
• 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 welcome inquiries from applicants who wish to pursue master's or doctoral research in any area of my expertise.


'The Bodleian Libraries' 12 millionth book' (November 2015):

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


Undergraduate teaching

Introduction to Literary Studies 2 (SEL1004)

Revolutionary Britain, 1789-1832 (SEL2203)

Postgraduate teaching

Research Matters 2 (SEL8542)