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Gregory Dart

Greg Dart

Gregory Dart is a Senior Lecturer in the English Department at UCL. His main academic project over the past few years has been a monograph called Cockney Adventures, an extended study of metropolitan art and literature 1815-40, which was published in 2012 by Cambridge University Press. 

This study consists of a general introduction to Cockneyism in Keats and Hunt followed by a series of individual chapters on Pierce Egan and the Cruikshank brothers’ Life in London and Regency style, Lamb and beggars, Hazlitt’s ‘On Londoners and Country People’ and Romantic periodicals, Dickens, Renton Nicholson and clerks, Hazlitt’s confessional memoir Liber Amoris and lodging houses, B. R. Haydon’s Mock Election and debtors’ prisons, and urban ruin in Soane and John Martin.

Dart’s current project, which is equally metropolitan in its way, is the general editorship of a six volume scholarly edition of the Complete Works of Charles and Mary Lamb for Oxford University Press. His collaborators are Tom Lockwood, from Birmingham, who is editing the volume on Lamb’s Dramatic Specimens, Felicity James, who will be editing the Works for Children, and Samantha Matthews, who is editing the Album Verses and miscellaneous poetry. Dart’s tasks are to edit the Works of 1818, the Essays of Elia and Last Essays of Elia and also a volume of Lamb’s miscellaneous prose. 

My colleague Matthew Beaumont and I have also recently edited a collection of essays, Restless Cities, which was published by Verso in 2010.

I have also contributed to an 80 minute film by Chris Petit, based on my book Unrequited Love, which was produced by Illuminations Films in 2006.  


Books and Editions

Metropolitan Art and Literature 1810-1840: Cockney Adventures (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012)

William Hazlitt, Liber Amoris, (ed.) Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2008.

‘Re-imagining the City’ Special Issue of Romanticism (2008), guest editor and contributor. 

William Hazlitt Metropolitan Essays (ed.) Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2005, pp. 2005.

Unrequited Love: On Stalking and Being Stalked, London. Short Books, 2003, pp. 160.


‘A World Within Walls: B.R. Haydon’s Mock Election and debtors’ prisons’ in Romanticism and Popular Culture ed. Nigel Leask and Philip Connell, Cambridge University Press, 2009.

‘Secret People’ in Thorold Dickinson: A World of Film ed. Phil Horne and Peter Swaab, Manchester UP 2008.

‘Chambers of Horror: De Quincey’s ‘Postscript’ to On Murder’ in Thomas De Quincey: New Theoretical and Critical Directions, (ed. Daniel Roberts and Robert Morison) London: Routledge, 2007.

‘On Great and Little Things: Cockney Art in the 1820s’ in Romanticism (14.2, 2008) Special Issue ‘Re-imagining the City’ ed. Gregory Dart.

‘Hazlitt’s Liber Amoris’, Charles Lamb Bulletin, New Series No. 138, April 2007, pp. 38-46.

‘The Cockney Moment’, Cambridge Quarterly, XXXII, 3 (September 2003), pp. 203-225.

‘Flash Style: Pierce Egan and the Literary Culture of the 1820s’ History Workshop Journal 51 (Spring 2001), pp. 181-205.

‘Romantic Cockneyism: Hazlitt and the Periodical Press,’ Romanticism, 6, 2 (July-Dec 2000) pp. 143-160.

‘The Reworking of Ford Madox Brown’s Work’, Victorian Literature and Culture, 27.1 (Spring 1999), pp. 69-95

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