School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Jonathan Quayle

Teaching Associate


I was awarded my AHRC-funded PhD at Newcastle University in 2017. I am now preparing a monograph—Utopia Unbound—based on my thesis research into Shelley’s utopian poetry and ideas about the future in the Romantic period. My research is focussed on Romantic and eighteenth-century utopianism, the work of Percy Shelley, and utopian poetry more generally.

In collaboration with the British School at Rome, where I am based for parts of 2019-20, I am coordinating the British Academy-funded project, ‘Mobilising Utopia’: a series of interdisciplinary events and workshops examining migration and migratory populations through the lens of utopia and dystopia.

Research Interests

Eighteenth-century and Romantic literature ∙ Shelley and his circle ∙ Utopian poetry ∙ Romanticism and the future ∙ nineteenth-century radicalism ∙ the role of the poet ∙ speculative science fiction ∙ migration and mobility ∙ utopian or dystopian literature of any period


Stage One:

SEL1003: Introduction to Literary Studies II

SEL1023: Transformations

Stage Two:

SEL2203: Revolutionary Britain, 1789-1832

SEL2202: Writing New Worlds, 1660-1800

SEL2210: Independent Research Project

Stage Three:

SEL3362: Dissertation in English Literature

I have led workshops at the Keats-Shelley House museum as part of the Northern Bridge Winter School at the British School at Rome in 2018, 2019, and 2020.