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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.

Helen Hackett’s edited volume Early Modern Exchanges: Dialogues Between Nations and Cultures, 1550-1750 (2015) arose from the launch conference of the UCL Centre for Early Modern Exchanges (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/eme). Like the Centre, the volume is multidisciplinary, and explores how translation, trade, and the traffic in ideas contributed to new concepts of selfhood and nationhood.

Philip Horne's edition of Henry James: Autobiographical Writings was published by the Library of America in 2016, to mark the the centenary of James’s death on 28 February 1916. https://www.loa.org/books/483-autobiographies

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.

Richard North’s Andreas: An Edition (2016), co-edited with Michael D.J. Bintley (https://liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/products/59803), redefines this 1722-line Anglo-Saxon epic on St Andrew in the Land of the Cannibals as a saint’s life zombie comedy thriller, situating it in Winchester in c. 890 and attributing it to King Alfred’s chaplain Æthelstan who had travelled in Asia  Minor and Syria.

Charlotte Roberts's Edward Gibbon and the Shape of History explores how the values of transcendent heroism and individual liberty help to shape the narrative of Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

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.