School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Eighteenth-Century & Romantic Literature

Eighteenth-Century and Romantic

We work at the forefront of research into eighteenth-century and Romantic-period literature.


Expertise in this area ranges across genres, from fiction, poetry and theatre to life-writing, popular print culture and children's books. Our research places a strong emphasis on archival-based research and the literature of Scotland, Ireland and continental Europe as well as England.

We help to organise the North East Forum in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies, which brings together staff and postgraduate researchers from Newcastle, Durham, Northumbria, and Sunderland universities. Through placements and training events with The Wordsworth Trust and Keats-Shelley House, our postgraduate research students are strongly positioned to develop career experience and enhance archival skills with prestigious, internationally-renowned archives and museums.

Research Resources

Newcastle University’s Robinson Library has excellent resources to support research in the 18th Century and Romantic periods, including important archival material. The Library's Special Collections is home to the Bell-White Collection (4,400 volumes) which is especially rich in English literature from this period, particularly in ballads and chapbooks.

The Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society, founded in 1793 and the largest independent library in the UK outside London, holds unique manuscript and print records from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Other important archives are held at Newcastle City Library, particularly material on the history and literature of Newcastle and North-East England and including the celebrated Pease Bequest of material connected to Thomas Bewick and his school.