18th Century/Romanticism

Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies at Glasgow comprise a large concentration of world-leading scholars.  Since 2007, we have enhanced our international reputation in this area with a series of major international conferences, symposia and workshops, such as Editing the 18th Century (2010); Before Blackwood’s (2010); the Twelfth biennial conference of the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS, 2011); the James Hogg Conference (2012); and two British Academy-funded workshops on Thomas Pennant’s Tours of Scotland and Wales, held in Glasgow and Aberystwyth (2013). Much research in this cluster focuses on Scottish themes, and thus links with work undertaken in Scottish literature, notably through the Centre for Robert Burns Studies, and within the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies.  AHRC-funded projects in this cluster include the Cullen Letters project, which links with the Medical Humanities Research Centre.

Knowledge exchange is an important element in the cluster’s work, through its connexions with the Abbotsford Library and the University’s own Hunterian Art Gallery.  The cluster attracts a strong cohort of PhD students, supported by the University’s world-class library holdings in eighteenth-century and Romantic material.

Centre for Robert Burns Studies
Medical Humanities Research Centre
Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies
Consultation Letters of Dr. William Cullen
Abbotsford library Research ProjectScottish Romanticism Research Group

Associated staff:

Alex Benchimol

Dr Alex Benchimol

Senior Lecturer in Scottish Romantic Print Culture) (English Literature)

Research interests: periodical history; eco-criticism; history of radicalism

Rhona Brown

Dr Rhona Brown

Senior Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Scottish Literature and the Periodical Press (Scottish Literature)

Research interests: Eighteenth-century Scottish literature and the periodical press

Gerard Carruthers

Professor Gerard Carruthers

Francis Hutcheson Chair of Scottish Literature (Scottish Literature)

Research interests: Scottish literature; robert burns

Megan Coyer

Dr Megan Coyer

Senior Lecturer (English Literature)

Research interests: Literature and Medicine; Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press

Craig Lamont

Dr Craig Lamont

Research Associate in Robert Burns Studies (Scottish Literature)

Research interests: Scottish Literature, Scottish Enlightenment, Print culture, book history & bibliography, Scottish Social History, Transatlantic slavery, Glasgow in the Georgian era, Robert Burns, Allan Ramsay Snr, cultural memory theory

Nigel Leask

Professor Nigel Leask

Regius Chair of English Language and Literature (English Literature)

Research interests: British (and especially Scottish literature) 1700-1850, travel writing, empire, visual culture

Pauline Mackay

Dr Pauline Mackay

Lecturer in Robert Burns Studies (Scottish Literature)

Research interests: Literature and Bawdry; Literature and Censorship; Publishing and Book History; Material Culture and the Commemoration of Literary Figures

Kirsteen McCue

Professor Kirsteen McCue

Professor of Scottish Literature and Song Culture (Scottish Literature)

Research interests: music and song

Gerard Lee McKeever

Dr Gerard Lee McKeever

British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow (English Literature)

Research interests: Scottish Romanticism; Regional cultures; Scottish Enlightenment; Improvement

Murray Pittock

Professor Murray Pittock

Pro-Vice Principal - Special Projects (Office of the Vice Principals)

Research interests: Scotland, Ireland, Cultural History, Transdiciplinary, Material Culture

Dahlia Porter

Dr Dahlia Porter

Senior Lecturer in Eighteenth and Nineteenth - Century Literature and Material Culture (English Literature)

Research interests: Eighteenth-century and British Romantic literature, Material Culture, Book History, History of Science, Medical Humanities, Poetry & Poetics, 18th & 19th-century Gothic literature and Science Fiction

Dr Susan Rennie

Affiliate- English Language & Linguistics (English Language & Linguistics)

Matthew Sangster

Dr Matthew Sangster

Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Material Culture (English Literature)

Research interests: Eighteenth-Century literature, Romantic-period literature, Authorship, Archives; Manuscripts, Book History, Publishing, Library History, Institutions, Representations of London, Digital Humanities, Genre Writing, Fantasy/Science Fiction, Contemporary Narrative Media

Jeremy Smith

Professor Jeremy Smith

Professor of English Philology (English Language & Linguistics)

Research interests: Old & Middle English Language & Literature, History of English & Scots, Historical Pragmatics, Book History