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Recent Publications

Bas Aarts's recent and forthcoming publications include Oxford dictionary of English grammar Second edition (With Sylvia Chalker and Edmund Weiner.) Oxford: OUP (2014); English syntax and argumentation. Fifth edition, Palgrave Modern Linguistics Series. Basingstoke and London: Palgrave Macmillan (2018); Oxford handbook of English grammar. Forthcoming. (Edited with Jill Bowie and Gergana Popova.) Oxford: OUP; and How to teach grammar. Forthcoming. (With Ian Cushing and Richard Hudson.) Oxford: OUP.

Juliette Atkinson’s French Novels and the Victorians (OUP, 2017) takes issue with the long-standing portrayal of the Victorians as insular and prudish readers. It explores how French fiction could be obtained, reveals some of the cosmopolitan networks that promoted it, and tackles contemporary debates surrounding censorship, immorality, literary influence, and cultural competition.

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.

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.

Linda Freedman's William Blake and the Myth of America: from the Abolitionists to the Counter-culture (OUP 2018) tells the story of William Blake’s reception in America and suggests that ideas about Blake’s poetry and personality helped shape mythopoeic visions of America across poetry, fiction, music and theology. Blake entered American society when slavery was rife and civil war threatened the fragile experiment of democracy. He found his moment in the mid twentieth-century counterculture as left-wing Americans took refuge in the arts, the fires of Orc raging against the systems of Urizen. Blake’s America, as a symbol of cyclical hope and despair, resonated with many Americans who saw themselves as continuing his prophetic task. 

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.

Susan Irvine's Childhood and Adolescence in Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture (University of Tornoto Press, 2018), co-edited with Winfried Rudolph, offers a reassessment of the generally received wisdom that medieval childhood and adolescence were an unremittingly bleak experience.

John Mullan’s new edition of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility (Oxford World's Classics, 2017) was published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Austen's death in 2017. His 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, 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 (OUP, 2014) 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.

Alison Shell's Anglican Women Novelists: From Charlotte Brontë to P.D. James (T and T Clark Publishers, June 2019) co-edited with Judith Maltby  covers a range of literary genres, from life-writing and whodunnits through social comedy, children's books and supernatural fiction. Spanning writers from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, they testify both to the developments in Anglicanism over the past two centuries and the changing roles of women within the Church of England and wider society.

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.