School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Professor Michael Rossington

Professor of Romantic Literature

Background

Expertise

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.

Biography

I've worked at Newcastle University since 1993.

Roles and responsibilities

I teach and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students in Romantic-period literature and I'm Postgraduate Senior Tutor for the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics.

Qualifications

MA (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon).

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).

Memberships

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

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Research

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, a print edition of all of William Wordsworth’s poems for the Longman Annotated English Poets series (Routledge).

Doctoral supervision

I currently 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).

Funding

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).

Editorships

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).

Teaching

Undergraduate:

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

Postgraduate:

Poetology (SEL8540); Dissertation (SEL8047).

Publications