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

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

External examiner for the MAs in 'The Eighteenth Century' and 'Nineteenth-Century Studies' at the 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 nineteenth century; textual editing.

Current work

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.


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 Fellowships/Scholarships

Trinity College, Cambridge (2016)

Exeter College, Oxford (2015)

The Huntington Library, California (2014)

St Catherine's College, Oxford (2012)

All Souls College, Oxford (2006)

St John's College, Oxford (1995)

PhD supervision

Recent doctoral research 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 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)