School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Professor Michael Rossington

Professor of Romantic Literature



Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature, especially the Romantic period; the work of Percy Shelley and Mary Shelley; poetry; political thought; continental Europe; textual criticism, manuscript studies and bibliography.


I've worked at Newcastle University since 1993.

Roles and responsibilities

I teach and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students in Romantic-period literature, and am currently involved in three research projects. I'll be the School's Postgraduate Senior Tutor in Semester 2, 2019-20.


I took my BA and DPhil degrees in English Language and Literature at Balliol College, Oxford.

Previous positions

Lecturer in Literature, The Open University; Junior Research Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford.


I'm a Friend of the Bodleian, the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association, Newcastle University Library and the Wordsworth Trust.

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Current projects

i. Editing poems and plays for, and coordinating, Volume 5 of The Poems of Shelley in the Longman Annotated English Poets series (Routledge); ii. With Ruth Abbott (Cambridge), editing (a) The Poems of Wordsworth, an 8-vol. print edition of all of William Wordsworth’s poems for the Longman Annotated English Poets and (b) The Wordsworth Digital Edition, a digital edition of all locatable manuscripts and lifetime print publications of his poetry that have authority; iii. Animating Text at Newcastle University

Doctoral supervision

I currently co-supervise three Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership-funded PhD students. I welcome inquiries from PhD applicants with interests in any area of my expertise.

Visiting positions

Visiting Scholar, Trinity College, Cambridge (2016); Visiting Fellow, Exeter College, Oxford (2015); Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California (2014); Visiting Fellow, St Catherine's College, Oxford (2012); Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford (2006); Visiting Scholar, St John's College, Oxford (1995).


British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant (2018-20); Modern Humanities Research Association Research Associateship (2014-15); British Academy Overseas Conference Grant (2008); Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Leave scheme (2006-7); AHRC Research Grants (Co-investigator) (2002-7); Arts and Humanities Research Board Research Leave scheme (1998-9); British Academy Small Research Grant (1998); British Academy Small Research Grant (1991).


Joint general editor of the Longman Annotated English Poets series (Routledge) with Professor Paul Hammond (Leeds) and Professor David Hopkins (Bristol).

Advisory boards

The Oxford Edition of the Works of Robert Burns (Oxford University Press); The Oxford Edition of the Writings of Alexander Pope (Oxford University Press); The Shelley-Godwin Archive.

Public engagement

BBC Radio 4 'In our Time': Frankenstein (2019); Shelley's Poetical Essay: The Bodleian Libraries' 12 millionth Book  (2015); Frankenstein: The Secret Life of Books, BBC Four (2014).


Undergraduate teaching:

Introduction to Literary Studies II (SEL1004); Revolutionary Britain, 1789-1832 (SEL2203); Dissertation (SEL3362)

Postgraduate teaching:

Poetology (SEL8540); Dissertation (SEL8047)