Dr Susan Oliver

Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Dr Susan Oliver
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    5NW.6.11, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    By appointment over the summer months.



Susan Oliver joined the Department in 2010. Her research specialisms are late-eighteenth-century and Romantic period literature, transatlantic studies, Scottish literature, 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 bookScott, Byron and the Poetics of Cultural Encounter. Shehas 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 Advisory Board of the North American Society for Studies in Romanticism (NASSR), the Executive Committee of the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) and the Advisory Committee of the MLA International Bibliography. She is Senior Bibliographer for the MLA. Susan is a member of the editorial board of the Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture. In recent years Susan has held Fellowships at the Armstrong Browning Library, 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. Susan welcomes enquiries about postgraduate study for projects involving Romantic writing, transatlantic studies, ecocriticism and environmental writing, Scottish literature, periodical culture, andnineteenth-century British and American literature. Current and former graduate students have worked on topics including North-Sea Islands and literary geographies, nineteenth-century education and literature, 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.


  • B.A. Essex

  • Ph.D. Cantab.

  • FHEA.


University of Essex

  • Director of Research, Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies University of Essex ( 10/8/2015 - 17/8/2018 )

  • Academic Staffing Committee, Literature, Film, and Thatre Studies University of Essex ( 1/8/2014 - 31/7/2020 )

  • Collaborative Board, Centre for Environment and Society University of Essex ( 31/1/2016 - present )

  • Athena SWAN Institutional Self Assessment Team, University of Essex ( 3/12/2013 - present )

Other academic

  • Honorary Fellow in Literary Studies, English University of Wyoming ( 1/1/2013 - present )

  • Advisory Committee, MLA International Bibliography Modern Language Association ( 1/7/2015 - 30/6/2018 )

  • Senior Bibliographer, MLA International Bibliography Modern Language Association ( 1/7/2015 - present )

  • Bibliographer, MLA International Bibliography Modern Language Association ( 1/7/2009 - 30/6/2015 )

  • Bibliography Fellow, MLA International Bibliography Modern Language Association ( 1/7/2005 - 30/6/2009 )

Research and professional activities

Research interests

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

Teaching and supervision

  • Modern Revolutions in Science, Politics, and Culture (CS101)

  • Dangerous Ideas: Essays and Manifestos as Social Criticism (CS301)

  • Origins and Transformations in Literature and Drama (LT111)

  • Versions of Modernity (LT202)

  • Critical Theory (LT204)

  • Postcolonial Perspectives: Literature through the Ages (LT246)

  • Romanticism: Poetry and Prose (LT306)

  • The Victorians: Writers and Society (LT307)

  • Writing in Society: The Art of Communication (LT705)

  • Independent Literature Project (LT831)

  • Georgian and Romantic Literature and Drama (LT924)

  • Literature and the Environmental Imagination: 19th to 21st Century Poetry and Prose (LT978)

  • I, too, sing America: Identity, Diversity, and Voice in United States Literature (LT203)


Journal articles (23)

Oliver, S., (2017). Trees, Rivers, and Stories: Walter Scott Writing the Land. Yearbook of English Studies. 47, 279-299

Oliver, S., (2017). Introduction to 'Walter Scott: New Interpretations'. Yearbook of English Studies. 47, 1-15

Oliver, S., (2016). Cloaking and Hiding: Dressing up in Robert Louis Stevenson's The Master of Ballantrae.. The Bottle Imp. (Supplement 3) (Supplement Issue 3), (no-pagination)

Oliver, S., (2016). Review essay: Anthony Howe. Byron and the Forms of Thought (Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2013) and Carla Pomare. Byron and the Discourse of History (Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate, 2013).. European Romantic Review. 27 (1), 96-101

Oliver, S., (2015). Introduction: Scottish Literature at the MLA 2015.. The Bottle Imp. 2 (Supp)

Oliver, S., (2014). Walter Scott and the Matter of Landscape: Ecologies of Violence for our Time.. The Bottle Imp (16)

Oliver, S., (2014). Green Scotland: Literature and the Seeds of Independence. The Bottle Imp (Supp 1)

Oliver, S., (2014). The Matter of Landscape: Ecologies of Violence for Our Time. The Bottle Imp. 16, 1-5

Oliver, S., (2013). Sir Walter Scott's transatlantic ecology. Wordsworth Circle. 44 (2-3), 115-120

Oliver, S., (2013). DeQuincey's "on murder": The generic conflict. Wordsworth Circle. 44 (1), 44-51

Oliver, S., (2012). Robert Burns in Global Culture. WORDSWORTH CIRCLE. 43 (4), 209-212

Oliver, S., (2012). James Hogg and the Literary Marketplace: Scottish Romanticism and the Working-Class Author. WORDSWORTH CIRCLE. 43 (4), 209-212

Oliver, S., (2012). Review Essay: Robert Burns in Global Culture (Bucknell UP, 2011) ed. Murray Pittock; James Hogg and the Literary Marketplace (Ashgate, 2009) ed. Sharon Alker and Holly Faith Nelson.. The Wordsworth Circle. 43 (4), 209-212

Oliver, S., (2011). Walter Scott, The Talisman. SCOTTISH LITERARY REVIEW. 3 (2), 204-208

Oliver, S., (2011). Walter Scott, The Betrothed. SCOTTISH LITERARY REVIEW. 3 (2), 204-208

Oliver, S., (2011). Walking and Imagining the City: The Transatlanticity of Charles Lamb's Essays for the London Magazine. Charles Lamb Bulletin. 154, 115-130

Oliver, S., (2009). Romantic 'Dantism,' Travel, Visions and Exile: Byron, Ugo Foscolo and Henry Francis Cary. Journal of Anglo-Italian Studies. 10, 1-16

Oliver, S., (2009). Planting the Nation's ‘Waste Lands’: Walter Scott, Forestry and the Cultivation of Scotland's Wilderness. Literature Compass. 6 (3), 585-598

Oliver, S., (2009). Silencing Joseph Johnson and the analytical review. Wordsworth Circle. 40 (2-3), 96-102

Oliver, S., (2008). Crossing "Dark Barriers": Intertextuality and dialogue between Lord Byron and Sir Walter Scott. Studies in Romanticism. 47 (1), 15-34

(2007). The Thames Special Edition. Literary London: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Representation of London. 5 (1), [no-pagination]

Oliver, S., (2005). Transatlantic Influences in Periodical Editing: From Francis Jeffrey's Edinburgh Review to Horace Greeley's New-York Tribune. Symbiosis: A Journal of Anglo-American Literary Relations. 9 (1), 45-62

Oliver, S., (2002). Resisting Radical Energies: Walter Scott's Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border and the Re-Fashioning of the Border Ballads. Cycnos. 19 (1), 49-63

Books (2)

Oliver, S., (2017). The Yearbook of English Studies Vol 47 (2017). Modern Humanities Research Association. 9781781882931

Oliver, S., (2005). Scott, Byron and the Poetics of Cultural Encounter. Palgrave Macmillan. 9780230555006

Book chapters (10)

Oliver, S., (2019). The Monastery: A Romance. In: The Cambridge Guide to the English Novel 1660 - 1820. Editors: London, A., . Cambridge University Press

Oliver, S., (2018). Walter Scott and Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso.. In: Ariosto, the Orlando Furioso and English Culture.. Editors: Everson, JE., Hiscock, A. and Jossa, S., . Oxford University Press

Oliver, S., (2016). Transatlantic Magazines and the Rise of Environmental Journalism. In: The Edinburgh Companion to Atlantic Literary Studies. Editors: Eckel, L. and Elliott, C., . Edinburgh Companions to Literature. 340- 353. 1474402941. 9781474402941

Oliver, S., (2013). Stevenson as Transatlantic Romanticism. In: Approaches to Teaching the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson. Modern Language Association of America. 130- 134. 9781603291217

Oliver, S., (2013). Horror and Melancholia in Romantic Greece: British Reviews of John Keats’s Lamia and John Polidori’s The Vampyre.. In: Southern Horrors: Northern Visions of the Mediterranean World. Editors: Bonifas, G. and Monacelli, M., . Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 201- 211. 1443850306. 9781443850308

Oliver, S., (2013). Reading Morocco in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press before National Geographic.. In: Beyond Colonial/postcolonial Interventions Revisiting the Debate of Morocco in English Writings and Moroccan Writings in English.. Editors: Essrhir, A., Amine, K., Ennassiri, MK., El Assad, YR., Younes, R., Mars, A. and El Ayadi, R., . Abdelmalek Assadi University Press and The British Council. 191- 212. 9981610542. 9789981610545

Oliver, S., (2013). A Royal and Romantic Nation. In: La Donna del Lago. Royal Opera. 31- 37

Oliver, S., (2012). "Contagion and the City: Writing Boston as a Transatlantic City in the Early Nineteenth Century.". In: The City and the Ocean: Journeys, Memory, Imagination. Editors: White, JC. and Wang, I., . Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 60- 74. 9781443837194

Oliver, S., (2010). Ecologies of Disaffection: Interpreting Wastelands in Charles Brockden Brown's Edgar Huntly and Walter Scott's The Bride of Lammermoor. In: An Interpretive Turn: Essays on Cultural Expressions of Art and Literature. Bookman. 23- 40. 9789574453429

Oliver, S., (2007). 'Looking back upon a highland prospect': Scott, the lady of the lake, and the lowland/celtic fringe. In: Romanticism's Debatable Lands. Palgrave Macmillan. 39- 51. 9780230210875

Conferences (29)

Oliver, S., "Rocks and Hard Places: Romanticism and the Agency of Stone.”

Oliver, S., “Ecologies of Destruction: The Politics and Poetics of the Planetary: Oil, Coal and Air in 1820s Scotland.”

Oliver, S., “The Road to Publication Begins with Research.”

Oliver, S., “Transatlantic Discontent: Homecoming from the American Tropics in Walter Scott’s Rokeby.”

Oliver, S. and Oliver, S., “Romantic Ecocriticism: Thinking Forward.”

Oliver, S. and Oliver, S., “Cloaking and hiding: Dressing Up in Robert Louis Stevenson's The Master of Ballantrae.”

Oliver, S. and Oliver, S., “Environmental Justice and the Romantic ballad: Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border versus Lyrical Ballads.”

Oliver, S. and Oliver, S., “Publishing in Academic Journals and Edited Essay Collections”

Oliver, S. and Oliver, S., “Teaching Transatlantic Romanticisms.”

Oliver, S. and Oliver, S., "Trauma, Conflict, and Reconciliation." 10th Symbiosis Transatlantic Studies Biennial International Conference.

Oliver, S. and Oliver, S., “The Land Writes Back: Walter Scott, Ballads and Grounding the Imagination.”

Oliver, S., “Scottish Literature: Into the Great Unknowns.”

Oliver, S., “Woodland as Cultural Archive in The Lay of the Last Minstrel.”

Oliver, S., “Walter Scott and the Presence of Place: An Ecocritical Phenomenology for the Twenty-First Century.”

Oliver, S., “Green Scotland: Seeds of Independence.”

Oliver, S., “Reading the Land: Interpreting Forms of Violence.”

Oliver, S., “Waverley: Exports, Expats and Ecologies of Scale.”

Oliver, S., “From the Coffee House to the Criminal City: Edgar Allan Poe’s London in the Southern Literary Messenger and “The Man of the Crowd.”

Oliver, S., “Importing Trees and Exporting People: Walter Scott’s Transatlantic Ecology.”

Oliver, S., "Bibliography as Research" MLA International Bibliography Roundtable

Oliver, S., “The slipperiness of genre: Thomas De Quincey’s “On Murder” essays and catastrophic spaces in the Romantic press.”

Oliver, S., “Charmed Prospects: Wordsworth’s and Scott’s Viewpoints of Ruin.”

Oliver, S., “Narratives of western travel in the Edinburgh Review 1802-1815.”

Oliver, S., “Independent spirits and intrepid heroes: western travel in the Edinburgh Review during the Napoleonic years.”

Oliver, S., “Keeping the Reviews in Order: Walter Scott’s Letters and the Founding of the Quarterly Review.”

Oliver, S., (2016). Walter Scott and Ariosto's Orlando Furioso.

Oliver, S., (2014). Getting to the Roots of the Matter: Trees and the Environmental Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Literature

Oliver, S., (2013). “Melancholia and horror in Romantic Greece: British reviews of John Keats’s Lamia and John Polidori’s The Vampyre.”

Oliver, S., (2013). “Reading Morocco in the nineteenth-century periodical press before National Geographic.”

Other (10)

Oliver, S., (2016).Plants and Antibiotics: some thoughts on reading the NY Times article ?Could Ancient Remedies Hold the Answer to the Looming Antibiotics Crisis??,

Oliver, S., (2016).Seeing beyond the Sandhill Cranes: a trip from Eastern Wyoming into Nebraska.,blogpost.

Oliver, S., (2016).Ice thoughts.,blogpost.

Oliver, S., (2016).Ice Thoughts: 2,

Oliver, S., (2015).Wildflower thoughts . . .,

Oliver, S., (2015).Sculptured Coast.,blogpost.

Oliver, S., (2014).City of Trees: Boise, Idaho and an Urban Natural Experience.,Blogpost.

Oliver, S., (2014).Hot Springs, Atomic Cities, and Craters of the Moon . . . on the Road in Idaho.,Blogpost.

Oliver, S., (2014).Sage Grouse Lekking and Canyon Fiction.,Blogpost.

Oliver, S., (2014).Of Rocks and Hard Places . . .,Blogpost -

Grants and funding


Green Scott: Walter Scott's Environmentalism and Writing the Ecologies of a Nation

The British Academy

+44 (0) 1206 872616


5NW.6.11, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

By appointment over the summer months.