School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Meiko O'Halloran

Senior Lecturer in Romantic Literature


I joined Newcastle University as a Lecturer in Romantic Literature in 2006, after completing my doctoral and Masters work at Oxford University (DPhil, 2000-2004; MPhil 1998-2000) and holding a stipendiary lectureship in English Literature at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (2005-06).

In addition to teaching, and supervising projects on, Romantic-era literature at the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, I am a Faculty Programme Liaison Officer for the HaSS Faculty.  

Previous internal roles

Senior Tutor for Undergraduates at SELLL (2016-18),

Chair of the SELLL PEC Committee (2016-18),

Elected Member of the HaSS Faculty Promotions Committee (2014-17),

Coordinator of the SELLL Mentoring Programme (2014-16),

International Officer and Erasmus and Non-EU Exchange Coordinator (2010-13),

Literature Visiting Speaker Series Coordinator (2008-09) 


BA (Hons) English Literature - UCL
MPhil - University of Oxford
DPhil - University of Oxford


British Association for Romantic Studies,

British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies,

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism


Research Interests

British and Scottish Romanticism, especially the work of James Hogg (1770-1835) and John Keats (1795-1821), epic poetry, national identity, Romantic poetry and the role of the poet, imagined journeys and representations of other worlds (from Virgil and Dante to Byron, Shelley, and Keats), utopianism, Romantic-era fiction, the Gothic, canon-making, parodies, and early nineteenth-century periodical culture.    

Recent Work

My work on Keats includes an article, 'Reawakening Lycidas: Keats, Milton, and Epic', in Review of English Studies (published online in May 2019), a chapter on 'Poetic Genealogies: Keats's Northern Walking Tour' in Keats's Places, edited by Richard Marggraf Turley (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), and an article on 'Keats and Romantic Conceptualisations of the Poet' in Romanticism (2016). I am also preparing a chapter on 'Keats at Burns's Grave' for John Keats and Romantic Scotland, ed. by Katie Garner and Nicholas Roe (contracted with OUP for publication in 2021). 

My monograph, James Hogg and British Romanticism: A Kaleidoscopic Art (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), argues for Hogg's centrality to British Romanticism, resituating his work in relation to Romantic contemporaries who include Byron, Blake, Scott, Baillie, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Southey, and Keats, and tracing his important inter-textual relationships to predecessors such as Spenser, Shakespeare, Johnson, Sterne, Gray, Collins, Macpherson, and Burns. Hogg creates a unique literary style which, I argue, is best described as 'kaleidoscopic' in view of its similarities with David Brewster's kaleidoscope, invented in 1816. Through original new critical readings of a spectrum of Hogg's key works in a range of genres, my book demonstrates how Hogg's kaleidoscopic literary practice unsettles and reshapes our canonical understanding of the Romantic period and his place in it.

Current Research

I am working on two book projects. The first focuses on Keats and Epic. The second (longer-term) project, 'Re-figuring the Role of the Poet: the Romantic Poets and their Legacy', examines the ways in which poets such as Coleridge, Shelley, Hogg, Keats, and Byron re-defined the social role and relevance of the poet, responding to an epic tradition, and using imagined other-world spaces to interrogate and explore the socio-political and artistic concerns of their day.   


Postgraduate Supervision

I have co-supervised two PhDs, an MPhil, and a number of MLitt research projects to successful completion. I am currently supervising a PhD on the Romantic Poet-Critic. Other topics on which I have supervised include Mary Shelley's short fiction, Romantic representations of fallenness, death in the poetry of Wordsworth and Shelley, the work of Rousseau, and the nineteenth-century short story and the penny dreadful. I welcome enquiries and applications from prospective students who are interested in postgraduate research in any of my areas of expertise, particularly the work of Hogg, Keats, Byron, Shelley, Coleridge, and other Romantic poets, as well as Romantic-era novelists.  



Undergraduate Teaching

SEL2203 Revolutionary Britain, 1789-1832

SEL3340 Romantic Poetry: Journeys of the Imagination (Module leader)

SEL3364 Independent Essay 

SEL3362 Dissertation in English Literature 


Postgraduate Teaching

I have supervised a number of successful MLitt research degrees.

My teaching on the MA in English Literature has included the following modules: 

SEL8187 Reading the Past I

SEL8188 Reading the Past II 

SEL8341 Place and Pilgrimage 

SEL8047 Dissertation