School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Professor Michael Rossington

Professor of Romantic Literature



Textual editing and 18th-c. & 19th-c. literature, especially writing of, and research relating to, the Romantic period (c.1780-c.1830), including: the work of Percy Shelley and Mary Shelley; poetry; textual criticism and manuscript studies; republicanism; life-writing; and comparative approaches to European writing.


I joined Newcastle University in 1993.

Roles and responsibilities

I teach and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students in Romantic-period literature, and am involved in three collaborative research projects. From 1 December 2013 to 31 December 2017, I was Academic Director (Newcastle University) and latterly Consortium Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership.


MA, DPhil (Oxford)

Previous positions

Lecturer in Literature, The Open University


I'm a Friend of the Bodleian Library, 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), I am co-editing (a) The Poems of Wordsworth, an 8-vol. print edition of all of William Wordsworth’s poems for the Longman Annotated English Poets series (Routledge) 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 (since 2014)

I was main supervisor of an AHRC-funded project on Percy Shelley's utopianism (2017) and second supervisor of a self-funded stylometric analysis of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's dramas (2015). I currently co-supervise a Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership-funded thesis on Percy Shelley's Italian. I welcome inquiries from prospective Master's by Research or PhD applicants with interests in any area of my expertise.

Visiting Fellowships/Scholarships (since 2014)

Visiting Scholar, Trinity College, Cambridge (2016); Visiting Fellow, Exeter College, Oxford (2015); Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California (2014).

External Funding (since 2014)

Modern Humanities Research Association Research Associateship (2014-15).

Advisory Boards

La Questione Romantica (Liguore); 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 (since 2014)

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

Research Matters II (SEL8542); Dissertation (SEL8047)