A wide and eclectic range of different research specialisms A wide and eclectic range of different research specialisms

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. 

Group members

Professor Peter Kitson (lead) 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 Kate Campbell researches into literature, politics, history and philosophy from 1830. She is particularly interested in the late Victorian period and early modernism, especially the work of Matthew Arnold and Henry James. Her most recent book is Matthew Arnold (British Council 2008). She is currently working on a project on Arnold, elementary education and politics in the 1860s and James and celebrity culture.  

Professor Jon Cook works on Romantic and post-Romantic literature and culture. His work builds on earlier publications on both Romanticism as a movement and on individual Romantic writers, especially Hazlitt. His most recent book is Hazlitt in Love (Short Books, 2007). He is currently researching a project about key Romantic ideas that have informed the writing and the criticism of poetry in the 20th century. 

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.

Professor Kathryn Hughes works on the history and theory of English/British biography with special reference to the ‘long nineteenth century'. For the past fifteen years she has combined a career in literary journalism with university lecturing. Her most recent book is The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs Beeton (Harper Perennial, 2006) and her current research project involves agricultural life histories in the pre/industrial age between the English Home Counties and the Welsh Marches.

Dr Tim Marshall writes about the social context of nineteenth- and twentieth- century English literature with special reference to the underworld, the poor laws, and the macabre politics of certain medical contexts, particularly dissection. He has re-orientated the literary Gothic into social and historical contexts usually thought more suitable for realism. His most recent book is Stolen Hearts: Fiction and the 1990s' Pathology Scandal .

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.

Professor Vic Sage (Emeritus) researches nineteenth-century and twentieth-century literature and culture.  His main research area, in which he was a major pioneer, is Gothic writing and has also published on Scott, Hogg, Blake, Wordsworth, Browning, Dickens, Beckett, Katharine Mansfield, Bram Stoker, and Rebecca West. His most recent book is A Cultural History of European Gothic Literature (Polity Press). His current research concerns Irish  and European Gothic writing

Professor Clive Scott (Emeritus) researches nineteenth-century French and comparative versification and poetics especially concerning the relationship between literature and the visual arts (notably Impressionism and Symbolism), the literature of travel, photography and literary translation. His most recent book is Literary Translation and the Rediscovery of Reading (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012).

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).

Professor Rebecca Stott is a novelist, non-fiction writer, broadcaster and academic who works across several different disciplines including history, art history, literature. Her primary research area is the history of science, particularly evolutionary theory and Darwin. Her most recent book is Darwin's Ghosts: In Search of the First Evolutionists (Bloomsbury). She is currently researching a project on the history and representation of the fundamentalist sect, the Plymouth Brethren.

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.