School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Stokoe, Leanne
Leanne Stokoe

I was awarded my PhD in Romantic-era literature. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, this interdisciplinary project comprised a chronological study of Percy Bysshe Shelley's prose writings, ranging from his earliest pamphlet, The Necessity of Atheism (1811), to his final major essay, A Defence of Poetry (1821).  Exploring the ways in which Shelley's writing engages with eighteenth and early nineteenth-century political economy, it argued that his fascination with economic affairs shapes, as well as is influenced by, his inclusive definition of Poetry. Contrary to his reputation as an idealistic, or even escapist poet, my thesis presented Shelley as an economic theorist in his own right.

My current work focuses upon questioning Romantic hostility towards the mathematical and demographic methods of political economy, drawing attention to the ways in which the writings of Adam Smith, Jeremy Bentham, Thomas Robert Malthus and David Ricardo contain imaginative propensities.  My broader research interests include Romanticism and genre, utilitarian ethics and economics and the philosophies of the Scottish Enlightenment. I am particularly interested in the ways in which economic discourse in this period can be viewed as a literary, as well as social or political form. Other figures relating to my research include William Petty, Bernard Mandeville, James Mill and John Ramsay McCulloch.

I was funded by the British Association for Romantic Studies to undertake manuscript research in The British Library and University College London, focusing on the correspondence between Bentham, Mill, Malthus and Ricardo.  I was also granted permission by the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, to access Shelley's intermediate draft of his Defence, as part of my work on re-evaluating the poet's economic worldview.

At present I teach Romantic and Victorian literature at Newcastle University, and am writing a monograph that focuses on Shelley's economic thought from Scottish Enlightenment philosophy to utilitarian doctrines.  I am a referee for the Review of Politics (University of Notre Dame, Cambridge University Press).


BA (Hons) English Literature (2007)
MLitt in English Literature (2008)
PhD in English Literature (2013)

Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Certificate (Part A) (2009)


Full AHRC Doctoral Award, Open Competition (2008-2011)

BARS Stephen Copley Research Award (2010)




L. Stokoe. "'The Vile Ingredients' of 'the Wholesome Mixture': A Portrait of Bernard Mandeville and Adam Smith". The Integrity Project (British Academy, 2015)

Book Reviews

L. Stokoe. Review of Romanticism and the Gold Standard: Money, Literature and Economic Debate in Britain, 1720-1830 by Alexander Dick, Review of English Studies, 65 (272) (November 2014), 943-945.

L. Stokoe.Review of Percy Bysshe Shelley: A Biography by James Bieri, Journal for Eighteenth Century Studies, Vol. 3, Issue 1 (March 2010), 121-2.


The Keats-Shelley Memorial Association (KSMA)
British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS)
Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies (CNCS)
Portraits of Integrity Reading Group (British Academy)
The North East Forum in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies
Republican Reading Group


Current Teaching

SEL 3373: Women of Virtue and Women of Pleasure
SEL 2202: Writing New Worlds, 1660-1800
SEL 2203: Revolutionary Britain, 1789-1832
SEL 2210: Independent Research Project

Past Teaching

SEL 2204: Victorian Passions, Victorian Values (2011-2017)
SEL 1003 and SEL 1004: Introduction to Literary Studies I and II (2009-2016)
SEL 1030: Approaches to Reading (2015-16)
SEL 3017: Women's Writing, 1720-1820 (2010)

Wider HASS Faculty Teaching

PARTNERS Summer School (2015-2017)