School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Leanne Stokoe

Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Literature


I was awarded my PhD in Romantic-era literature. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, this project comprised a chronological study of Percy Bysshe Shelley's prose writings, ranging from his earliest pamphlet, The Necessity of Atheism (1811), to his final major essay, A Defence of Poetry (1821). Exploring the ways in which Shelley's writing engages with eighteenth and early nineteenth-century political economy, it argued that his fascination with economic affairs shapes, as well as is influenced by, his inclusive definition of Poetry. Contrary to his reputation as a idealistic, or even escapist poet, my thesis presented Shelley as an economic theorist in his own right.

My current work focuses upon questioning Romantic hostility towards the mathematical and demographic methods of political economy, drawing attention to the ways in which the writings of Adam Smith, Jeremy Bentham, Thomas Robert Malthus and David Ricardo contain imaginative propensities. My broader research interests include Romanticism and genre, utilitarian ethics and economics and the philosophies of the Scottish Enlightenment. I am particularly interested in the ways in which economic discourse in this period can be viewed as a literary, as well as social or political form.

I was funded by the British Association for Romantic Studies to undertake manuscript research in The British Library and University College London, focusing on the correspondence between Bentham, Mill, Malthus and Ricardo. I was also granted permission by the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, to access Shelley's intermediate draft of his Defence, as part of my work on re-evaluating the poet's economic worldview.

Between July 2019 and January 2020 I was a Teaching Fellow in Eighteenth-Century Literature at Newcastle University. Since January 2020 I have been a Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Literature at Newcastle University. At present I teach eighteenth-century, Romantic-era and Victorian literature, and am writing a monograph that focuses on the role of imagination in political economy from its origins in the Scottish Enlightenment to its rise as a utilitarian science. I am a referee for the Review of Politics (University of Notre Dame, Cambridge University Press).


PhD in English Literature (2013)
MLitt in English Literature (2008)
BA (Hons) English Literature (2007)

Introduction to Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Certificate (Part A) (2009)




L. Stokoe. "'The Vile Ingredients' of 'the Wholesome Mixture': A Portrait of Bernard Mandeville and Adam Smith". The Integrity Project (British Academy, 2015)

Book Reviews

L. Stokoe. Review of Romanticism and the Gold Standard: Money, Literature and Economic Debate in Britain, 1720-1830 by Alexander Dick, Review of English Studies, 65 (272) (November 2014), 943-945.

L. Stokoe. Review of Percy Bysshe Shelley: A Biography by James Bieri, Journal for Eighteenth Century Studies, Vol. 3, Issue 1 (March 2010), 121-2.

Research Groups and School Committees

Co-organiser of the North East Research Group for Commerce and Culture (NECC)
Athena Swan Self Assessment Team (SAT)


The Keats-Shelley Memorial Association (KSMA)
British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS)
Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies (CNCS)
Portraits of Integrity Reading Group (British Academy)
The North East Forum in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies
Republican Reading Group


2020: 'Outstanding Contribution to Teaching (HASS)', The Education Awards (TEAs) (Nominee)
2013: AHRC Collaborative Skills Award made to the North East Postgraduate Research Group for the Long
           Nineteenth Century (NENC) to fund the public engagement and postgraduate training project: 'Cultivating
           Community: A Case Study of Lord Armstrong and the Victorian North East'.
2012: British Society for Literature and Science (BSLS) Small Grants Scheme, awarded as co-organiser for the NENC
           'Moving Towards Science in the Long Nineteenth Century' symposium.
2010: British Association for Romantic Studies Stephen Copley Postgraduate Award.
2008: Arts and Humanities Research Council Full Doctoral Award (Open Competition).


Current Teaching

Postgraduate Teaching

SEL8533: Radicalisms (Module Leader)

Undergraduate Teaching

SEL3373: Women of Virtue and Women of Pleasure: Sensibility in the Age of Reason (Module Leader)
SEL3362: Dissertation in English Literature
SEL2202: Writing New Worlds, 1688-1789
SEL2210: Independent Research Project (Module Leader)

Past Teaching

SEL2203: Revolutionary Britain, 1789-1832 (2018-2019)
SEL2204: Victorian Passions, Victorian Values (2011-2017)
SEL1030: Approaches to Reading (2015-16)
SEL3017: Women's Writing, 1720-1820 (2010)
SEL1003 and SEL1004: Introduction to Literary Studies I and II (2009-2017)

Wider Faculty Teaching

School of Modern Languages Examiner for International Student Streaming Tests
PARTNERS Summer School (2015-2017)

Office Hours

Mondays 3-5pm (via Zoom during the current international crisis)

Research Day: Friday