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Dr Susan Oliver

Staff positionReader in Literature.Director of MA Wild Writing: Literature and the Environment. Convener: Open Research Seminar Series. Study Abroad Officer.
Telephone01206 872616
Office hoursThursday 10am to 12pm

Susan Oliver joined the Department in 2010.  Her research specialisms are late-eighteenth-century and Romantic period literature, transatlantic studies, periodical culture, and environmental writing. She also works on the more general literature and culture of the long nineteenth century. Her interests in art and music inform her work with students.
The British Academy awarded Susan the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize (2007) for Scott, Byron and the Poetics of Cultural Encounter.  She has published on British Romantic literature, American nineteenth-century writing, and is completing a monograph on transatlantic periodical culture. Outside of Essex, Susan serves on the Executive Committees of the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) and the MLA Scottish Literature Group. She has been a Bibliographer for the Modern Language Association (MLA) since 2005.

Susan is Robert L. McNeil Jr. Fellow for Research in Early American History at the Historical Society of Pennsylvaniaand Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow at the Library Company of Philadelphia  during 2014/15. Last year she was Andrew W. Mellow Fellow at the Huntington Library. She has also held Fellowships at the University of Wyoming, the American Philosophical Society, the MLA and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Edinburgh University.  She is Honorary Fellow in Literary Studies in the Department of English, University of Wyoming, and a Senior Member of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.


B.A. Essex. Ph.D. Cambridge

Research interests
  • Romantic period
  • Byron
  • Walter Scott
  • Charles Lamb
  • Scottish literature
  • Ballads and folk literature
  • Late 18th Century British and American literature
  • 19th century British and American literature
  • Charles Brockden Brown
  • Periodicals and magazines
  • Transatlantic studies; 18th and 19th century literature
  • Nature writing and ecocriticism
  • Borders and cultural encounters

Teaching responsibilities

Undergraduate Modules:
LT182 Close Reading Skills.
LT202 Versions of Modernity.

LT306 Romanticism: Poetry and Prose.

LT307 The Victorians: Writers and Society.

LT378 Transatlantic Romanticisms.

Postgraduate Modules:

LT924 Georgian and Romantic Literature and Drama.  
LT978 Literature and the Environmental Imagination: from East to West in Poetry and Prose. 

Degree Course Director:

MA Wild Writing: Literature and the Environment.

PublicationsLink to publications for Susan Oliver
Additional information

I welcome enquiries about postgraduate study for projects involving Romantic writing, transatlantic studies, Scottish literature, periodical culture, and nineteenth-century British and American literature. Current and former graduate students have worked on topics including Scottish Literature and Forests,  the novels of William Godwin, William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Percy Shelley, eighteenth-century Gothic literature, nineteenth-century Anglo Indian periodicals, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Edith Wharton and D. H. Lawrence.

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