Dr Alys Mostyn

Teaching Fellow in Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century


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 Hunt’s poetry and familiar essays.


‘Leigh Hunt’s “World of Books”: Bibliomania and the Fancy’, Romanticism, 21.3 (2015), 238-49.

In progress:

Romantic Bibliomania and Authorial Identity in the Early Nineteenth Century

 ‘“A Visit to the Zoological Gardens”: Leigh Hunt and Animal Studies’