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Ian Haywood

Ian Haywood

Professor (English Literature)

Department of English and Creative Writing


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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