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Recent Publications

Scarlett Baron’s ‘Strandentwining Cable’: Joyce, Flaubert, and Intertextuality (OUP, 2011), analyzes Joyce’s intertextual engagement with Flaubert over the entire course of his writing career and argues that these two authors together played a key role in the emergence of intertextual theory.

Jane Darcy’s Melancholy and Literary Biography, 1640-1816 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) looks at the development of literary biography across the period. Focusing on a number of experimental Lives of the 1790s, it argues that many biographers use their subjects’ melancholy as a way of exploring their inner lives.

Gregory Dart’s Cockney Adventures: Metropolitan Art and Literature 1810-1830 (Cambridge, 2012) is a study of the development of new kinds of metropolitan art and literature in the years 1815-40.

Paul Davis’s edition of Rochester’s Selected Poems (OUP) was published in 2013.

John Mullan’s What Matters in Jane Austen (Bloomsbury, 2012) shows that you can best appreciate Jane Austen's brilliance by looking at the intriguing quirks and intricacies of her fiction.

Neil Rennie’s Treasure Neverland: Real and Imaginary Pirates (OUP, 2013) investigates the actual facts of eighteenth-century pirate life and how these facts were subsequently transformed, by writers like Defoe and Stevenson, into realistic and fantastic fictions of various kinds, historical novels and Hollywood films.

Michael Sayeau’s Against the Event: The Everyday and the Evolution of Modernist Narrative (OUP, 2013) investigates how a modernity famed for temporal acceleration – from Benjamin's ‘shock’ and 'distraction' to the postmodern loss of historical consciousness diagnosed by Jameson – generated fictions defined, strangely enough, not just by the ‘new’ but just as forcefully by everyday depletions of stasis and repetition, a flood of sameness in modern life.

Chris Stamatakis’s Sir Thomas Wyatt and the Rhetoric of Rewriting: Turning the Word (OUP, 2012), examines the poetry of Thomas Wyatt, both in terms of its departures from his continental sources, and its material afterlife, as it was circulated, copied, modified, and answered or parodied.

Peter Swaab’s edition of Sara Coleridge’s literary criticism, The Regions of Sara Coleridge’s Thought (Macmillan, 2012), drawing substantially on unpublished and newly edited manuscript sources, makes available the work of one of the most brilliant and erudite critics of the early Victorian period. Sara Coleridge appears here in her various critical guises: editing works by her father Samuel Taylor Coleridge, commenting on her own poetry and prose, and writing diversely impressive and lively criticism of classical and English literature.