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The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Research Group encompasses a wide and eclectic range of different research specialisms.

In addition to renowned work on Romanticism and post-Romanticism, gothic literature, Victorian fiction, nineteenth-century poetry and nineteenth-century life writing, members of the group have also produced innovative and compelling research on nineteenth-century writing and science, Romanticism and colonialism, poetics and translation.

Major research projects have also focused on specific individual authors and artists from this period, including Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin, Matthew Arnold, William Hazlitt, George Eliot, Richard Wagner, and Henry James. 

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Professor Peter Kitson researches into the global contexts of eighteenth- and nineteenth century literature and culture, especially orientalism and Transatlantic slavery.  He also has a strong research interest in literature and science, especially in issues of race and human variety in the period. His most recent book is Forging Romantic China:Sino-British Cultural Exchange, 1760-1840 (Cambridge University Press, 2013). He is currently researching a new project on representations of opium and the opium trade in nineteenth-century British writing. 

Dr Daniel Foster writes about eighteenth- and nineteenth-century drama and culture. His first book, Wagner's Ring Cycle and the Greeks (Cambridge University Press, 2010) focused on Wagner's use of Greek drama and literature in the Ring cycle. His current research focuses on the eighteenth-century revival of minstrelsy in Great Britain influenced the nineteenth-century American blackface theatrical tradition.

Dr Jo Poppleton researches the literature and culture of the long eighteenth century. Her recent research is especially concerned with satire and literary genres in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. She is also interested more widely in the political and religious culture of the early eighteenth century, eighteenth-century print culture, early eighteenth-century aesthetics and the evolution of the sublime, and in intersections between literature and science. 

Dr Cath Sharrock specialises in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature and culture, with a particular interest in the history of medicine and all things hysterical. She is interested in the cultural history of the nerves, sensibility and the idea of sympathy, the French Revolution Controversy in England,  and in theories of gender and sexuality. She edited (with Isobel Armstrong and Joseph Bristow), the Oxford Nineteenth-Century Women Poets (1998).

Dr Bharat Tandon researches British literature from 1700 to the present day, especially Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Thomas Hardy.  He is especially interested in Romantic period fiction, ghosts and the Victorian imagination, as well as fictional representations of urban space. His most recent book is Jane Austen and the Morality of Conversation (Anthem, 2003). He current research project involves a theoretical study of the different kinds of 'belief' that readers have brought to the reading of fiction at different times, and a large, interdisciplinary study of imaginative representations of the act of writing in nineteenth-century literature and culture. 

Dr James Wood researches the literature and culture of the long eighteenth century. His current book project, Enlightenment Anecdotes, argues that the anecdote became a vital intellectual tool in the British Enlightenment, playing a central role in the rethinking of human nature and human history over the long eighteenth century.