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Dr Gregory Dart
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Education and Experience
Gregory Dart is a Senior Lecturer. His undergraduate and graduate years (1986-93) were spent at the University of Cambridge. His doctoral research was on the influence of Rousseau on English Romanticism via the French Revolution, and culminated in a monograph, Rousseau, Robespierre and Romanticism, which was published by Cambridge UP in 1999. From 1993 he was lecturer in English at the University of York, joining UCL in 2000. At York he was a member of the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies and taught Romantic and Victorian literature on MA and undergraduate courses. His teaching range at UCL also includes twentieth-century literature and film, London literature, the eighteenth century, and Shakespeare. Dr Dart has held several administrative posts, including Chair of the Board of Studies and Chair of Examiners, and supervised and examined a number of PhD theses. He has acted as a reader for the Manchester, Oxford, and Cambridge university presses. He is currently Chair of the Hazlitt Society, a member of the Charles Lamb Society, and is on the editorial board of The Hazlitt Review.
Gregory Dart’s research, both current and prospective, is
centrally concerned with Romanticism, the City, and the history and
development of the essay form from Montaigne to the modern period.
Dart is currently working on three volumes of a new five-volume Collected Edition of the Works of Charles and Mary Lamb, for which he is also acting as General Editor. This is contracted to be published by Oxford University Press as part of their English Authors series. The three volumes Dart is working on will include Lamb’s Works of 1818, the Elia essays, the Album Verses of 1830, and all of Lamb’s Uncollected Writings. Vol. I, The Works for Children, is to be edited by Charlotte Mitchell and Vol. II, the Dramatic Specimens and Garrick Extracts, will be edited by Tom Lockwood, of Birmingham University.
Forthcoming publications include a chapter on ‘Practical Criticism’ for David Duff’s new Oxford Handbook of the Romantic Period, and a chapter on the Romantic Essay and the City for Thomas Karshan’s proposed Oxford collection ‘Of the Essay’.
The main academic project over the last few years has been a monograph called Cockney Adventures (Cambridge University Press, 2012) a study of the development of new kinds of metropolitan art and literature in the years 1815-40. It includes chapters on Cockneyism in Keats and Leigh Hunt, on Pierce Egan and George Cruikshank’s Life in London and Regency style, on Lamb and beggars, on Hazlitt’s ‘On Londoners and Country People’, on Dickens and Renton Nicholson, on Hazlitt’s confessional memoir Liber Amoris and lodging houses, on B.R. Haydon’s Mock Election and debtors’ prisons, and on urban ruin in Soane and John Martin.
In 2010 Dart edited a collection of essays, Restless Cities, with his colleague Matthew Beaumont. This included essays by Iain Sinclair, Chris Petit, Esther Leslie, Rachel Bowlby, Geoff Dyer, David Trotter, Iain Borden, Kasia Boddy, and Marshall Berman. [The City]
Metropolitan Art and Literature 1810-1840: Cockney Adventures (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), pp. 297.
Rousseau, Robespierre and English Romanticism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999; pbk. 2005), pp. 302.
Unrequited Love: On Stalking and Being Stalked (London. Short Books, 2003), pp. 160.
Ed. with Matthew Beaumont, Restless Cities (London: Verso, 2010).
Guest Editor, Re-imagining the City, Special Issue of Romanticism 14:2 (2008)
Ed. with Critical Introduction, William Hazlitt, Liber Amoris (Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2008).
Ed. with Critical Introduction, William Hazlitt Metropolitan Essays (Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2005).
Articles in Books
‘Daydreaming’ in Restless Cities, ed. Beaumont and Dart (London: Verso, 2010).
‘A World Within Walls: B.R. Haydon’s Mock Election and Debtors’ Prisons’, in Nigel Leask and Philip Connell (eds), Romanticism and Popular Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 214-36.
‘Secret People’, in Philip Horne and Peter Swaab (eds), Thorold Dickinson: A World of Film (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2008), pp. 203-10.
‘Chambers of Horror: De Quincey’s “Postscript” to On Murder’, in Daniel Roberts and Robert Morison (eds), Thomas De Quincey: New Theoretical and Critical Directions (London: Routledge, 2007), pp. 186-210.
Articles in Journals
‘On Great and Little Things: Cockney Art in the 1820s’, Romanticism 14.2 (2008): 149-167.
‘Hazlitt’s Liber Amoris’, Charles Lamb Bulletin, New Series No. 138 (April 2007): 38-46.
‘The Cockney Moment’, Cambridge Quarterly, XXXII, 3 (September 2003): 203-25.
‘Flash Style: Pierce Egan and the Literary Culture of the 1820s’ History Workshop Journal 51 (Spring 2001): 181-205.
‘Hazlitt and Biography’ Cambridge Quarterly, XXIX, 4 (December 2000): 338-48.
‘Romantic Cockneyism: Hazlitt and the Periodical Press,’ Romanticism, 6.2 (2000): 143-160.
‘The Reworking of Ford Madox Brown’s Work’, Victorian Literature and Culture, 27.1 (Spring 1999): 69-95.