|Position in department||Convener of Open Research Seminar Series, Director of MA Wild Writing: Literature and the Environment
|Staff position||Senior Lecturer in Literature
|E-mail||soliver (non Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk)
|Telephone||2616 (non Essex users should add 01206-87 to the beginning of this number)
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 will be an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Huntington Library in 21013/14 (two months in residence). She has held Fellowships at the University of Wyoming, the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia (British Academy/APS joint award), the MLA, the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Edinburgh University, and at Essex. She is Honorary Fellow in English at the University of Wyoming and a Senior Member of Wolfson College, Cambridge.
BA Essex, PhD Cambridge
- Romantic period
- 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
LT202 Versions of Modernity
LT378 Transatlantic Romanticisms
LT978 Literature and the Environmental Imagination: from East to West in 19th - 21st Century Poetry and Prose.
MA Wild Writing: Literature and the Environment.
Link to publications for Dr Susan Oliver
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 the novels of William Godwin, William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Percy Shelley, Gothic literature, nineteenth-century Anglo Indian periodicals, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Edith Wharton and D. H. Lawrence.