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Durham University

The Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies

Leanne Stokoe

Leanne Stokoe is an early career researcher at Newcastle University. Leanne was awarded her AHRC-funded PhD in 2012, entitled: ‘“Poetry [...] concealed by [...] facts and calculating processes”: political economy in the prose of Percy Bysshe Shelley’. Her research explores the ways in which Shelley's writing engages with eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century political economy, and how his interest in economic affairs shapes, and is influenced by, his aesthetic ideas. Leanne’s work focuses more broadly upon questioning the hostility of Romanticism towards the mathematical methods of political economy, and she is interested in the way that economic discourse in this period may be viewed as a literary as well as social or political form. Leanne is currently working towards a monograph that explores Shelley’s attraction to political economy, from Scottish Enlightenment philosophies to utilitarian doctrines.