Summary: literature of the long-nineteenth century; authorship and print culture; non-fiction prose and autobiography; bibliomania and book collecting; the work of Leigh Hunt and Thomas De Quincey.
Location: School of English, House 6, Room 2.16
Teaching Commitments: Eighteenth-Century Literature; Literature of the Romantic Period; Victorian Literature; Writing Critically
My current book project considers the significance of metaphors of book collecting and lending to discussions of the author-function within the Romantic literary field. Debates surrounding authorship and the literary sphere in the period utilise common images and concepts governing bibliographic discourse. I argue that what emerges from this bookish aesthetic is a version of Romantic period authorship that is dualistic, communal, and closely tied to material culture.
I also have a book chapter in development on the representation of non-human animals in Leigh Hunts poetry and familiar essays.
Leigh Hunts World of Books: Bibliomania and the Fancy, Romanticism, 21.3 (2015), 238-49.
Romantic Bibliomania and Authorial Identity in the Early Nineteenth Century