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Durham University

Department of English Studies


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Professor Mark Sandy

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My research interests are in Romanticism, especially the poetry and poetics of the period. I completed a monograph on Poetics of Self and Form in Keats and Shelley (Ashgate, 2005) and a second book-length study of Romanticism, Memory, and Mourning (Ashgate, 2013). I plan to write a complementary study of Romanticism and Spectral Presences: Ghosts and Romantic Poetics. My interests in the Romantics extend to the imaginative and cultural legacies that Romanticism confers to the literary and cultural imagination of the late nineteenth century and beyond. I co-edited a critical collection of essays on Romantic Echoes in the Victorian Era (Ashgate, 2008) and edited a volume on Romantic Presences in the Twentieth Century (Ashgate, 2012). My other co-edited collections, including Venice and the Cultural Imagination (Pickering & Chatto, 2012) and The Persistence of Beauty: Victorians to the Moderns (Pickering & Chatto, 2015), explore further the complexities of Romanticism's imaginative and cultural afterlives. My most recent co-edited collection, Decadent Romanticism 1780-1914 (Ashgate, 2015), addresses more fully these concerns, touched upon elsewhere in my research, about the cultural and imaginative reactions (positive and negative) in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to the Romantics. I am currently co-edting a collection on Ghostly Encounters: Cultural and Imaginary Representations of the
Spectral from the Nineteenth Century to the Present
 (contracted with Routledge).

My additional research interests in critical theory and twentieth-century British and American Literature (including Jewish American Literature of the post-war era) are brought together in discrete, but inter-related, ways in my current research project. I am presently writing a study of Transatlantic Transformations of Romanticism: Aesthetics, Subjectivity, and the Environment (under contract with Edinburgh University Press). In connection with this research, I was awarded a Visiting Scholars Fellowship (between August and September 2017) to work with the nineteenth-century rare books and special manuscripts collection at the Armstrong Browning Library, Baylor University, Texas.

I am a co-director of the Department's 'Romantic Dialogues and Legacies' research group. I am an advisory board member of the inter-disciplinary Centre for Death and Life Studies based in Durham. I am part of a national network on Romanticism and Ageing, involving Keele University, and the Universities of Lincoln and Nottingham. I am also a member of the Executive Committee of the British Association of Romantic Studies (BARS) and the current editor of the Review for BARS (published twice yearly). 

(Office hours in term time: Tuesdays, 1-2pm. Please contact me by email to make an appointment)

Postgraduate Supervision:

I have supervised successful doctoral theses on:

'Airy Children of Our Brain': Emotion, Science and the Legacy of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy in the Shelley Circle, 1812-1821.

'The Pleasure of the Senses: The Art of Sensation in Shelley's Poetics of Sensibility'.

'Romantic Dialogues: Writing the Self in De Quincey and Woolf' (Co-supervised with Patricia Waugh).

Research Proposals

I would be interested in proposals on all aspects of Romantic Literature (especially Romantic poetry; philosophy; subjectivity; grief).

I would also welcome proposals for postgraduate research on any aspect of the legacies of Romantic writing, culture, and thought in British or American literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 


Research Groups

  • Critical Theory
  • Romantic and Pre-Romantic Studies

Research Interests

  • American Literature
  • Romantic Poetry

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