Professor Susan Oliver

Deputy Dean (Research) (Humanities) and Reader
Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Professor Susan Oliver



Susan joined Essex in 2010. Her research specialisms are literature of the late 18th century and Romantic period, transatlantic studies, Scottish literature, periodical culture, ecocriticsm and environmental writing. She researches and teaches general literature and culture of the long 19th century. Her interests in the visual arts and music inform her work. 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, European and North American Romantic writing and is the author of a forthcoming monograph study of Walter Scott's environmentalism. Susan is currently finishing another book, on Transatlantic Periodical Culture, 1790-1860. She edited the 2017 Yearbook of English Studies (47), volume title 'Walter Scott: New Interpretations.' Susan serves on the Executive Committees of the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) and the MLA Forum on Opera and Musical Performance. She was recently Chair of the Advisory Board of the North American Society for Studies in Romanticism (NASSR) and a member the Advisory Committee of the MLA International Bibliography. She is Senior Bibliographer for the MLAIB and a member of the Editorial Board of the Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture. Research Fellowships have included the Armstrong Browning Library, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, The Library Company of Philadelphia, The Huntington Library, The American Philosophical Society, the Modern Language Association, and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the Edinburgh University. Susan is Honorary Fellow in Literary Studies in the Department of English, University of Wyoming, and a Senior Member of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. She 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, and 18th and 19th century periodical culture. She was Essex's PhD Supervisor of the Year (Humanities) in 2018. Current and former postgraduate students have worked on a range of topics including North-Sea islands and literary geographies; 19th-century periodicals and education; literary pre- and post-Darwinism; environmentalism in Philip Pullman's fiction; Scottish literature and forestry; women in the novels of William Godwin; Percy Shelley, ballads and song; 19th-century Anglo Indian periodicals; and a comparative study of Thomas Hardy, Henry James and Edith Wharton.


  • B.A. (Hons) English and European Literature University of Essex,

  • Ph.D. English University of Cambridge,


University of Essex

  • Deputy Dean (Research), Faculty of Humanities, University of Essex (22/7/2019 - present)

  • 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

  • External Examiner, School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University (1/9/2018 - 31/8/2022)

  • 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

Open to supervise

Walter Scott

Open to supervise

Charles Lamb

Open to supervise

Scottish literature

Open to supervise

Ballads and folk literature

Open to supervise

Late 18th Century British and American literature

Open to supervise

19th century British and American literature

Open to supervise

Charles Brockden Brown

Open to supervise

Periodicals and magazines

Open to supervise

Transatlantic studies 18th and 19th century literature

Open to supervise

Nature writing and ecocriticism

Open to supervise

Borders and cultural encounters

Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Origins and Transformations in Literature and Drama (LT111)

Previous supervision

Hsiao-Hsien Hsu
Hsiao-Hsien Hsu
Thesis title: In Between Materiality and Meaning: World, Dust and Daemon in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy
Degree subject: Literature
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 22/5/2017
Tabitha Grace Kan
Tabitha Grace Kan
Thesis title: Renderings of the Abyss: Some Changing Nineteenth-Century Literary Perceptions of the Animal / Human Divide
Degree subject: Literature
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 20/4/2017
Wafaa Alfares
Wafaa Alfares
Thesis title: Serialisation, Settings, Characters: A Comparative Case Study of Gender Roles in Society, as Addressed in Selected Novels By Thomas Hardy, Henry James, and Edith Wharton
Degree subject: Literature
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 11/11/2016
Sawsan Saber D Qashgari
Sawsan Saber D Qashgari
Thesis title: The Image and Role of Women in Selected Works By William Faulkner
Degree subject: Literature
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 30/6/2015


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 (16), (no-pagination)

Oliver, S., (2014). Green Scotland: Literature and the Seeds of Independence. The Bottle Imp. (Supplement 1) (Supp 1), (no-pagination)

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. The Wordsworth Circle. 44 (2-3), 115-120

Oliver, S., (2013). DeQuincey's “On Murder“: The Generic Conflict. The Wordsworth Circle. 44 (1), 44-51

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

Oliver, S., (2012). Robert Burns in Global Culture. Edited by Murray Pittock.James Hogg and the Literary Marketplace: Scottish Romanticism and the Working-Class Author. Edited by Sharon Alker and Holly Faith Nelson.. The 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". The 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., (2019). 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. 9780197266502

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

(2007). Romanticism's Debatable Lands. In: Romanticism's Debatable Lands. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 39- 51. 9781349353743

Conferences (41)

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., “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., Transatlantic Romanticisms

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

Oliver, S., Teaching Transatlantic Romanticisms

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

Oliver, S., The Matter of Landscape: Walter Scott and the Ecology of a Changing Nation.

Oliver, S., The MLA International Bibliography as an Active Archive: Knowledge Creation for the Twenty-First Century

Oliver, S., Transatlantic Romanticisms Reviewed

Oliver, S., Transatlantic Discontent: Homecoming from the American Tropics to the Yorkshire Dales in Walter Scott’s Rokeby.

Oliver, S., NASSR 2019: Romantic Elements. Paper titled: 'Exposed to the Elements: Romantic Time, Weather, and Science Then and Now.'

Oliver, S., (2019). The Transatlantic Studies Association 18th Annual Conference. Paper 'David Douglas’ Canadian Trees: The Romantic Imagination versus the Lumber Industry.'

Oliver, S., (2019). Symbiosis 2019, University of Dundee. Paper titled 'Sea Stories and Freshwater Tales: Washington Irving, Walter Scott and the Transatlantic Romantic Imagination.'

Oliver, S., (2018). Towards an Aesthetics of the Unseen: or, Romanticism Below and Beyond the Horizon

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

Oliver, S., (2015). Environmental Justice and the Romantic ballad: Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border versus Lyrical Ballads

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 -

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

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