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 last book Romanticism and Caricature (2013). I am now in receipt of a Peterson Fellowship from the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals to write my next book, a sequel of sorts, entitled The Rise of Victorian Caricature. This will extend my work into the 1830s and 1840s, the era of Chartism and Punch

Recent chapters and articles include:

The Life of William Cobbett: caricature, hauntology and the impossibility of radical life writing in the Romantic Period’. In A Cambridge History of Working-Class Writing  eds John Goodridge and Bridget Keenan (CUP, 2017), 176-194.

‘Pandemonium: radical soundscapes and satirical prints in the Romantic period’. In ‘Noise’, special issue of Republics of Letters: A Journal for the Study of Knowledge, Politics, and the Arts 5. 2 (November 2017)ed David Ellison

‘Hazlitt and the Monarchy: legitimacy, radical print culture and caricature’, The Hazlitt Review 9 (2016): 5-26.

I am co-organiser of two international research networks:

'Romantic Illustration Network' (RIN)

RIN is about to collection of essays with Cambridge University Press entitled Romanticism and Illustration, edited by Ian Haywood, Susan Matthews and Mary Shannon. It also collaborates with a number of institutions including Chawton House Library, the House of Illustration and Westminster City Archives.

The other network is 'Anglo-Hispanic Horizons 1780-1840':

AHH has just published a collection of essays: Spain in British Romanticism (Palgrave, 2018), edited by Diego Saglia and Ian Haywood. My own chapter is entitled 'The Spanish "revolution" in print and image'.

In addition to being the Director of the Centre for Research in Romanticism at Roehampton, I am also President of the British Association of Romantic Studies (BARS).

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


Diego Saglia and Ian Haywood, eds. Spain in British Romanticism (Palgrave 2018)

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)

Selected articles and chapters in books: 

'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).

Research outputs

  1. Illustration, terror and female agency: Thomas Macklin’s Poets Gallery in a revolutionary decade

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  2. Introduction to Romanticism and Illustration

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  3. Illuminating Propaganda: radical medievalism and utopia in the Chartist period

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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