Department of English and Creative Writing

Visiting address
206 Fincham, Digby Stuart

Phone: +44 (0)20 8392 3694


The main focus of my research is on the literature, radical politics and visual culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In 2011-12 I received a Leverhulme Fellowship to support my latest book Romanticism and Caricature (2013), and I am now planning to extend this work into a study of political caricature in the 1830s and 1840s, the era of Chartism and Punch. Recent essays and papers include 'Illuminating propaganda: radical medievalism and utopia in the Chartist era' and 'The Life of William Cobbett: caricature, hauntology and the impossibility of radical life writing in the Romantic period'.

I am co-organiser of two new research networks, both of which will be launched in the summer of 2014: 'Romantic Illustration: painters, publishers, prints and the public 1770-1840' and 'Hispanic Horizons 1780-1840'. Further details of these networks can be found on the website of the Centre for Research in Romanticism at Roehampton. In addition ot being the Director of this Centre, I am also Vice-President of the British Association of Romantic Studies (BARS).

I welcome applications for research supervision in any of the specialist areas mentioned above.


Romanticism and Caricature (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

The Gordon Riots: Politics, Culture and Insurrection in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain (Cambridge University Press, 2012) (co-edited with John Seed)

Bloody Romanticism: Spectacular Violence and the Politics of Representation 1776-1832 (Palgrave, 2006)

The Revolution in Popular Literature: Print, Politics and the People 1790-1860 (Cambridge University Press, 2004)

Chartist Fiction. Volume 2. Ernest Jones, 'Woman's Wrongs' (Ashgate, 2001)

Chartist Fiction: Thomas Doubleday, 'The Political Pilgrim's Progress'; Thomas Martin Wheeler, 'Sunshine and Shadow' (Ashgate, 1999)

Romantic Period Writings 1798-1832: An Anthology (London: Routledge, 1998) (co-edited with Zachary Leader)

Brave New Causes: Women in British Postwar Fictions (London: Cassell, 1998) (co-written with Deborah Philips)

Working-class Fiction: From Chartism to 'Trainspotting' (Writers and Their Work, 1997)

The Literature of Struggle: An Anthology of Chartist Fiction (Ashgate, 1995)

The Making of History: A Study of the Literary Forgeries of James Macpherson and Thomas Chatterton (Associated University Press, 1987)

Faking It: Art and the Politics of Forgery (Harvester, 1987)

Recent articles and chapters in books include:

'The Infection of Robert Bloomfield: Terrorizing The Farmer's Boy', in John Goodridge, ed. Robert Bloomfield Romantic Circle Praxis series (2012)

' "A Metropolis in Flames, and a nation in ruins:" The Gordon riots as sublime spectacle', in Haywood and Seed, eds, The Gordon Riots (2012)

'The Transformation of Caricature: A Reading of Gillray's The Liberty of the Subject' Eighteenth Century Studies 43.3 (Winter 2010), 223-42>

'Shelley's Mask of Anarchy and the iconography of female distress', in Philip Connell and Nigel Leask, eds. Romanticism and Popular Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

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