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Research degrees in English literature 1700-1840

The Centre for Research in Romanticism welcomes applications to study for PhDs in all aspects of Romantic Period Literature (1780-1840) and many aspects of eighteenth-century literature. In the Romantic Period we have expertise in the major authors Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Keats, the Shelleys, Clare, Scott and Austen, as well as more distinctive specialisms in the following areas: radicalism, feminism, atheism and Dissent; spectacle and the visual; literature and science; publishing and periodicals; literary forgery; images of violence; India, Empire and travel; classicism and Freemasonry; gender; Sensibility; Gothic. In most cases we trace these and other issues well back into the eighteenth century, where we also have expertise in major authors.

Recent PhD topics have included: Shelley’s publishers in 1819; Defoe and piracy; The Spectator and Spectators in Europe; anxieties of childbirth in the Romantic female novel; The Indian landscape print; revolutionary politics in Shelley’s prose.

For further information see our Research Degrees.

Or contact Ian Haywood

Funding opportunities

The Centre is currently funding a PhD Studentship and the Department of English and Creative Writing occasionally offers further funding, subject to competition. Availability varies, but please do not hesitate to ask about these opportunities.