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Dr Susan Oliver

Position in departmentDirector of Research
Staff positionReader in Literature
Telephone01206 872616
Office hoursThursday 1pm to 3pm

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 her book Scott, Byron and the Poetics of Cultural Encounter.  She has published widely on British Romantic literature and American nineteenth-century writing, and is completing monographs on transatlantic periodical culture and on Walter Scott's environmentalism. Susan serves on the Executive Committee of the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS), the Advisory Committee of the MLA  International Bibliography, and the Executive Committee of the MLA Scottish Literature Forum. She is also Senior Bibliographer for the MLA International Bibliography and is a member of the editorial board of the Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture

Susan has recently held fellowships at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Library Company of Philadelphia, Huntington Library, American Philosophical Society,  Modern Language Association, and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the 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. Susan is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


B.A. Essex. Ph.D. Cantab. FHEA.

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:

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. 

PublicationsLink to publications for Susan Oliver
Additional information

Susan welcomes enquiries about postgraduate study for projects involving Romantic writing, transatlantic studies, ecocriticism and environmental writing, Scottish literature, periodical culture, and nineteenth-century British and American literature.

Current and former graduate students have worked on topics including Scottish Literature and forestry,  the novels of William Godwin, William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Percy Shelley, eighteenth-century Gothic literature, literary Darwinism, nineteenth-century Anglo Indian periodicals, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Edith Wharton and D. H. Lawrence.

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