School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Emeritus Professor Claire Lamont

Emeritus Prof.



MA (Edinburgh), B.Litt (Oxford).


Fellow of the English Association, Friend of the Wordsworth Trust; member of the British Association for Romantic Studies, the Jane Austen Society and the John Clare Society.


Research Interests

English and Scottish Literature of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, in particular Johnson and Boswell, Austen, Scott and the novels of their era, Romantic poetry, ballads and folk-song, literature and architecture.

Current Work

A study of the house and domestic space in the novels of Jane Austen.

Essays on Wordsworth and Burns.

Co-editing the final two volumes of The Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels, containing Scott's last Introductions and Notes to his novels.


I have reviewed books for the following: Review of English Studies, Notes and Queries, Times Literary Supplement, Scottish Literary Journal, Durham University Journal, British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Literature and Theology, New Rambler and Robert Bloomfield Society Newsletter.

Editorial Work

I am a General Editor of the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels, and took part in the research and discussion towards The Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels: A Guide for Editors, by David Hewitt with J. H. Alexander, P. D. Garside, Claire Lamont, Douglas S. Mack and G. A. M. Wood (Aberdeen: The Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels, 1996), 158pp.

Advisory Editor of the Scott novels appearing in the Penguin Classics series. Eight titles based on the volumes of the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels, with newly-commissioned critical Introductions, were published in 1998-2003.

Textual Adviser to the new Penguin Edition of the Novels of Jane Austen (1995-98). The guidelines drawn up for the edition are printed in 'The Penguin Edition of the Novels of Jane Austen', in Northanger Abbey, ed. Marilyn Butler (London: Penguin, 1995), li-lii, and subsequent titles.

Postgraduate Supervision

I am currently supervising students working on Jane Austen, Walter Scott, and William Wordsworth.