Professor Matthew Grenby
Dean of Research & Innovation
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Roles and Responsibilities
Dean of Research and Innovation, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies
Director, Newcastle University Humanities Research Institute (NUHRI)
M.A. University of Edinburgh, 1992.
Ph.D. University of Edinburgh, 1997
1998-1999: Fulbright-Robertson Professor of British History, Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, USA.
1999-2004: Senior Research Fellow, Department of English, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.
2005-2011: Reader in Children's Literature, School of English, Newcastle University, UK
Immediate Past President of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS).
Member of the AHRC Peer Review College
AHRC Strategic Review Group
Trustee at Seven Stories: the National Centre for Children's Books
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- Children's literature and culture in the 18th and early 19th centuries
- Political culture and participation in the long eighteenth century
- William Godwin and his correspondence
- Book history, particularly popular print
- Political fiction of the 1790s and early 1800s, particularly so-called 'anti-Jacobin' writing
I am in the closing stages of editing Volume III (1806-1815) of an edition of the Letters of William Godwin to be published by Oxford University Press. This work was supported by an AHRC Fellowship.
Beyond that, my interests are turning to electoral culture in eighteenth-century Britain, and how people were able to participate with politics even if they did not have the vote. I am particularly interested in the opportunities for considering how voting behaviour (available from poll books) can be matched to the progress of election campaigns.
A further ongoing project, supported by an exploratory grant from the AHRC's Care for the Future programme, is on children and young people's engagement with antiquarianism and ‘heritage’ in the past, present and future. One output of this was an innovative app, designed in collaboration with computer scientists, heritage professionals, teachers, parents and children to pioneer new embodied and immersive ways for young people to engage with Belsay Hall, an English Heritage property in Northumberland.
In the longer term, I am working towards is a book-length study of the birth and early development of children's literature. I have explored the consumers of the 'new' children's literature in the long 18th century in my book The Child Reader 1700-1840. My work on Godwin, who was (among many other things) an innovating publisher and author of children’s books, is focussing my attention on the production side. I want to join the consumption and production sides together, and ask just how 'Children's Literature' came to establish itself as a separate and successful sector of print culture in the period c.1740-1840. Some of this research – on John Newbery, on what the archives of early children’s publishers can tell us, and on the production and dissemination of popular literature – has already been published. Another fascinating element is popular print for children - whether 'literary' (such as chapbooks and ballads), didactic (such as ABCs, catechisms and conduct books), or even more ephemeral material (notices, tickets, cards, prints).
I supervise M.Litt. and Ph.D. work on both children's literature, and eighteenth-century culture and writing. I would be very interested in hearing from students wishing to work in any of these areas.
Students I have supervised or am supervising have worked on subjects including these:
- 19thC cheap print
- Children, Heritage and Digital Technology
- Reimagining children’s spaces with Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books
- 18thC maritime writing
- Shelley and the Utopian Tradition
- Romantic Childhoods and Romantic Heirs 1800-1850
- Nation-Making and Nation-Breaking: Masculinities in European Literature, 1761-1817
- Working-class writers for children in the mid-twentieth century
- The historical novel for children
- Clothes and clothing in British children's literature
- Use of Narrative Structure in the Young Adult Novels of Margaret Mahy and Diana Wynne Jones
- Camping and tramping: Interwar children's fiction and the search for England
- Sleeping beauties and laughing Medusas: Myth and Fairy Tales in the work of Angela Carter, A. S. Byatt and Marina Warner
- Almost English: Jews and Jewishness in British Children’s Literature
- ‘The bold tear of manhood’: Masculinity and the Revolution Crisis of the 1790s
Immediate Past President of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (http://www.bsecs.org.uk)
Member of the AHRC Peer Review College, and panel member and chair, 2009-
AHRC Strategic Reviewer, 2013-
Research Council of Norway Panel Member, 2016-
COST Association Review Panel Member, 2016-
External examiner of PhDs at Nottingham, Warwick, UCL, QMUL, Cambridge, Roehampton, Anglia Ruskin, Chichester, Northumbria, Glasgow, and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
External Examiner, English programme at the University of Cumbria, 2016-; and MA in Romantic and Sentimental Literature, University of York, 2012-16
General editor, Palgrave-Macmillan Classics of Children’s Literature series.
Visiting fellowships at Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in the History of the Emotions, Perth, Australia (2014); Mansfield College, Oxford University (2011-12); Pforzheimer Fellowship, New York Public Library (2011); Mitzi Myers Memorial Fund Research Fellowship, UCLA (2004)
Numerous key-note and invited conference lectures in UK, Western Europe, north America and Taiwan.
Writing New Worlds, 1688-1789 (stage two undergraduate module)
Various teaching for first year undergraduates, and at master's level, including supervision of an annual cohort of students undertaking the MLitt in English Literature specialising in children's literature.
Currently (co-)supervising of 5 PhD students.
- Grenby MO. The Letters of William Godwin, Volume III. In: Clemit, P ed. The Letters of William Godwin 2015. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 3. In Preparation.
- Grenby MO. Pay, professionalization and probable dominance? Women writers and the children’s book trade. In: Women's Writing, 1660-1830: Feminisms and Futures. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp.117-137.
- Grenby MO. Children’s literature, the home, and the debate on public versus private education, c.1760-1845. Oxford Review of Education 2015, 41(4), 464-481.
- Grenby MO. Thomas Spence, Children’s Literature, and ‘Learning … Debauched by Ambition’. In: Gordon Pentland; Michael T Davis, ed. Liberty, Property and Popular Politics England and Scotland, 1688-1815. Essays in Honour of H. T. Dickinson. Edinburgh University Press, 2015, pp.131-146.
- Grenby MO. Children's Literature, Second Edition. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press, 2014.
- Grenby MO. The Anti-Jacobin Novel. In: Downie, J.A, ed. The Oxford Handbook of the Eighteenth-Century Novel. Oxford University Press, 2016, pp.457-471.
- Grenby MO. Gothic and the Child-reader, 1764-1850. In: Townshend, Dale and Byron, Glennis, ed. The Gothic World. London: Routledge, 2014, pp.243-253.
- Grenby MO, ed. Little Goody Two-Shoes and Other Stories: Originally Published by John Newbery. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
- Grenby MO. Before the Book? Manuscript, Household Reading and the Origins of Children’s Literature. In: Carrington,B ; Harding,J, ed. Beyond the Book: Transforming Children’s Literature. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014, pp.5-13.
- Grenby MO. Juvenile and Children’s Literature. In: Garside, P; O’Brien, K, ed. The Oxford History of the Novel: 1750-1820. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015, pp.495-512.
- Grenby MO. The Child Reader, 1700-1840. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
- Grenby MO. 'Very Naughty Doctrines': Children, Children's Literature, Politics and the French Revolution Crisis. In: A. D. Cousins, Dani Napton and Stephanie Russo, ed. The French Revolution and the British Novel in the Romantic Period. New York: Peter Lang, 2011, pp.15-35.
- Grenby M, Reynolds K, ed. Children's Literature Studies: A research handbook. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
- Grenby MO. History in Fiction: Contextualization as Interpretation in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped. In: Vallone, L., Mickenberg, J, ed. The Oxford Handbook to Children's Literature. New York, USA: Oxford University Press, 2011, pp.275-292.
- Grenby MO. Captivating enlightenment: eighteenth-century children’s books and the private life of the child. In: Kahn, A, ed. Representing Private Lives of the Enlightenment. Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2011.
- Grenby MO. Novels of Opinion. In: Clemit, P, ed. The Cambridge Companion to British Literature of the French Revolution in the 1790s. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011, pp.chapter 11.
- Grenby MO. Children’s Literature: Birth, Infancy, Maturity. In: Janet Maybin and Nicola J. Watson, ed. Children’s Literature: Approaches and Territories. Basingstoke & Milton Keynes: Palgrave Macmillan & Open University, 2009, pp.39-56.
- Grenby MO, Immel A, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Children's Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
- Grenby MO. The Origins of Children's Literature. In: M.O. Grenby and Andrea Immel, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Children's Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009, pp.3-18.
- Grenby MO. Writing Against Revolution: Literary Conservatism in Britain 1790-1832. Eighteenth-Century Fiction 2009, 22(1), 133-135.
- Grenby MO. Children’s Literature. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008.
- Briggs J, Butts D, Grenby MO, ed. Popular Children's Literature in Britain. Burlington, Vermont: Asghate Publishing, 2008.
- Grenby MO. Before Children's Literature: Children, Chapbooks and Popular Culture in Early Modern Britain. In: Matthew Grenby, Julia Briggs, Dennis Butts, ed. Popular Children's Literature in Britain. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008, pp.25-46.
- Grenby MO. "Surely there is no British boy or girl who has not heard of the battle of Waterloo!" War and Children's Literature in the Age of Napoleon. In: Elizabeth Goodenough and Andrea Immel, ed. Under Fire: Childhood in The Shadow Of War. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2008, pp.39-57.
- Grenby MO. Delightful Instruction? Assessing Children’s Use of Educational Books in the Long Eighteenth Century. In: Mary Hilton and Jill Shefrin, ed. Educating the Child in Enlightenment Britain: beliefs, cultures, practices. Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate, 2008, pp.181-198.
- Grenby MO. Rebels Denied a Cause: Fiction, Anti-Jacobinism and the Irish Rebellion. In: Broich, U; Dickinson, HT; Hellmuth, E; Schmidt, M, ed. Reactions to Revolutions. The 1790s and their Aftermath. Munster, Germany: Lit-Verlag, 2007, pp.61-84.
- Grenby MO. Chapbooks, Children, and Children's Literature. The Library: The Transactions of the Bibliographical Society 2007, 8(3), 277-303.
- Grenby MO. Early British Children's Books: Towards an Understanding of their Users and Usage. Corvey Women Writers on the Web 2007, 3.
- Grenby MO, ed. The Wanderings of Warwick (1794); The Banished Man (1794). London: Pickering and Chatto, 2006.
- Grenby MO, ed. British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies: Special Issue: The Cultures of Childhood. Oxford, UK: Voltaire Foundation, 2006.
- Grenby MO. Tame fairies make good teachers: The popularity of early British fairy tales. The Lion and the Unicorn 2006, 30(1), 1-24.
- Grenby MO. Writing Revolution: British Literature and the French Revolution Crisis, a Review of Recent Scholarship. Literature Compass 2006, 3(6), 1351-1385.
- Grenby MO, ed. Dorothea; or, A Ray of the New Light. A Novel. By Mrs. Bullock. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2005.
- Grenby MO. "A Conservative Woman Doing Radical Things": Sarah Trimmer and The Guardian of Education. In: Ruwe D, ed. Culturing the Child 1690-1914: Essays in Memory of Mitzi Myers. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2005, pp.137-161.
- Grenby MO. Bibliography and children's literature. In: Hunt, P, ed. Understanding Children's Literature. London and New York: Routledge, 2005, pp.140-158.
- Grenby MO. The British Literary Response to the French Revolution. Annales historiques de la Revolution francaise 2005, 342, 101-44.
- Grenby MO. Bibliography and children's literature. In: Hunt, P, ed. An International Companion Encyclopaedia to An International Companion Encyclopaedia to Children's Literature. London, UK: Routledge, 2004.
- Grenby MO, ed. The Infernal Quixote, by Charles Lucas. Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview Press, 2004.
- Grenby MO. Politicising the Nursery: British Children's Literature and the French Revolution. The Lion and the Unicorn 2003, 27(1), 1-26.
- Grenby MO. Adults Only? Children and Children's Books in British Circulating Libraries 1748-1848. Book History 2002, 5(1), 19-38.
- Grenby MO. 'Real Charity Makes Distinctions': Schooling the Charitable Impulse in Early British Children's Literature. British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 2002, 25(2), 185-202.
- Grenby MO. Orientalism and Propaganda: The Oriental Tale and Popular Politics in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain. The Eighteenth-Century Novel 2002, 2, 215-237.
- Grenby MO. The Guardian of Education. A Periodical Work (1802-1806) by Sarah Trimmer. A new edition with an introduction and notes. Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 2002.
- Grenby MO. The Anti-Jacobin Novel: British Conservatism and the French Revolution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
- Grenby MO. Hockliffe Project website. Leicester: De Montfort University, 2001. Available at: http://www.cts.dmu.ac.uk/hockliffe.
- Grenby MO, M O. Politicised Fiction in Britain 1790-1810: An Annotated Checklist. The European English Messenger 2000, 9, 47-53.
- Grenby, M. O. The Anti-Jacobin Novel: British Fiction, British Conservatism and the Revolution in France. History: the Journal of the Historical Association 1998, 83, 445-71.
- Grenby MO. Persistent pedestrianism: the ‘Tour book’ as an enduring form of children’s instructional literature. IBBYlink 2014, 40(Summer), 17-21.
- Grenby MO. The dogs do bark. Times Literary Supplement 2014, (5788), 32-32.
- Grenby MO. Reading History in Children's Books. Literature and History 2014, 23(2), 113-115.
- Grenby MO. Juvenile Tourists: British Children and the Grand Tour. 2018. In Preparation.
- Grenby MO. Children’s and juvenile literature. In: Peter Garside and Karen O'Brien, ed. The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 2: English and British Fiction 1750-1820. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015, pp.495-512.