School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Professor Michael Rossington

Professor of Romantic Literature



Literature 1750-1850, especially poetry of the Romantic period, the work of Percy Shelley and Mary Shelley, and the influence of continental European writers on writing in English; textual criticism, manuscript studies; bibliography.


I joined the Department of English Literature at Newcastle University in 1993.

Roles and responsibilities

I'm Postgraduate Research Director for the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, and Degree Programme Director of the PhD, MPhil, MLitt and IPhD (research phase) degrees.

I teach and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students in Romantic-period literature.


I hold BA (Hons) and DPhil degrees in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford where I was a student at Balliol College.

Previous positions

Junior Research Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford (1986-1988); Lecturer in Literature, The Open University (1988-1992); Lecturer in English Literature, Newcastle University (1993-2000); Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Newcastle University (2000-2014).


I'm a Friend of the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association and the Wordsworth Trust, and a member of the British Association for Romantic Studies.

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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), The Wordsworth Digital Edition: A Pilot, an edition of all manuscripts and printed works associated with William Wordsworth's poem, 'The Ruined Cottage'; iii. with Ruth Abbott (Cambridge),The Poems of Wordsworth, 8 vols, a print edition of all of William Wordsworth’s poems for the Longman Annotated English Poets series (Routledge).

Supervision of research students

I currently supervise three Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership-funded PhD students and two MLitt (Master's by Research) students. I welcome inquiries from PhD and MLitt 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 Paul Hammond (Leeds) and 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).



Introduction to Literary Studies II (SEL1004); Revolutionary Britain, 1789-1832 (SEL2203); English Literature Dissertation (SEL3362); Dissertation in Literature and History (SEL3377).


Poetology (SEL8540); Dissertation (SEL8047).